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Diagnostic tool developed by Bedford Hospital and Cranfield University wins our first collaboration prize

OBN Awards 2014 Award winners and sponsors

Prof Len Gelman of Cranfield University, left, receives his award from Dr Paul Durrands, Chief Operating Officer of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network

Bedford Hospital and Cranfield University are celebrating after winning the first Oxford Academic Health Science Network Public-Private Collaboration Award.

The prize was presented as part of the OBN annual awards night on 2 October where other winners included Oxford AHSN partners Intelligent Ultrasound (Emerging Medtech Company) and Isansys (Best New Medtech Development Programme).

Andy Hill of Intelligent Ultrasound, left, receives his award from Jon Rees of OBN

Andy Hill of Intelligent Ultrasound, left, receives his award from Jon Rees of OBN

The Oxford AHSN sponsored the public-private collaboration prize to reward organisations which are helping to break down traditional boundaries between the NHS, universities, science and business.

The judges said of the Bedford-Cranfield partnership: “The cream of British talent worked together to develop the OsteoVibe, a mobile, automatic, low cost, radiation free and reliable diagnostic tool for osteoporosis/bone fractures in primary care settings.

“At its core, OsteoVibe uses non-invasive bone excitation technology which – unlike other bone diagnostics – poses no additional health risks to patients. The technology has been experimentally validated under laboratory conditions at Cranfield University.

OBN Awards 2014 Award winners and sponsors

Keith Errey of Isansys with his prize

“Once the engineering prototype has been completed, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust will conduct clinical studies.”

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