Innovate UK awards funding to a digital COVID-19 platform developer

Vital Signs Solutions has successfully secured a grant from Innovate UK to enable the use of its digital COVID-19 platform, helping the British Government conduct large-scale antibody testing for COVID-19.

Based in Cambridge, Vital Signs Solutions is an early-stage, venture-backed start-up that is engaged in developing digital preventative healthcare solutions. The grant from Innovate UK is part of the British Government’s investment in innovative solutions to COVID-19 related problems. The newly developed digital COVID-19 platform by Vital Signs Solutions will allow for the rapid digitisation of COVID-19 test results.

Innovate UK Executive Chair Ian Campbell said: “Businesses from all over the UK have answered our call rapidly to meet the challenges we face today and in the future through the power of innovation.

“The ideas we have seen can truly make a significant impact on society, improve the lives of individuals, especially those in vulnerable groups, and enable businesses to prosper in challenging circumstances.”

Digitising COVID-19 solutions

The digital COVID-19 platform, named PocDoc, will digitise any COVID-19 antibody rapid test assay and embed it within an app available on either smartphone or tablet. According to Vital Signs Solutions, the app will have the ability to gather additional data for helping in track and analysing the spread of coronavirus and its effect on the presence of antibodies in the public.

Vital Signs Solutions CEO Steve Roest said: “The UK is replete with innovative digital health start-ups with enormous potential to help in tackling the pandemic and Innovate UK is making that possible with grants such as this. A digital platform is critical to facilitate the scaling of antibody testing and we are confident our PocDoc platform can be adapted to solve this problem. We are excited to see the results of our beta trials.”

In addition to Vital Signs Solutions’ work towards reducing the effects of COVID-19 crisis, Vital Signs Solutions is developing its own variety of physical blood tests that are integrated with the PocDoc digital platform. The results of the blood tests are immediately delivered through the PocDoc app, claimed the company.



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