12 Aug 20. Scottish Enterprise funding
Software that can detect life-threatening conditions from a simple eye examination could be a step closer after a University spinout project won funding from Scottish Enterprise.
The Multiple Disease Screening from Retinal Imaging project, a joint initiative between the University of Edinburgh & the University of Dundee, has received £176,000 funding from Scottish Enterprise’s High Growth Spinout Programme (HGSP).
It will draw from a suite of image analysis software known as VAMPIRE (Vascular Assessment & Measurement Platform for Images of the Retina), which the researchers have jointly developed to facilitate clinical research in this field.
The two researchers have been working with their respective university commercialisation services, Edinburgh Innovations & Dundee’s Research & Innovations Services team, on plans that could significantly benefit the work of healthcare professionals.
Our ambition is to form a spinout company delivering real-world solutions to key healthcare problems impacting on our society. As well as contributing to healthcare, we expect to create employment opportunities in Scotland, in software & data analysis. The success we’ve had to date shows the benefits of Scottish universities working together.
VAMPIRE has already proven effective as a means of identifying health problems in academic studies. This backing from Scottish Enterprise is significant in allowing us to take our research from the laboratory to the public realm, & we hope that the software will form an integral part of a person’s visit to the optician in the near future.
- Edinburgh Innovations press release
- University of Dundee press release
- Dr Tom MacGillivray
- Professor Emanuele Trucco
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Dundee
- Scottish Enterprise’s High Growth Spinout Programme (HGSP)
- VAMPIRE (Vascular Assessment & Measurement Platform for Images of the Retina)
- Edinburgh Innovations
- Dundee’s Research & Innovations Services
- Analysis & processing
- Eyes / retinal
- Heart / cardiovascular
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Dr MacGillivray, @EdinburghUni & Professor Trucco, @dundeeuni have been awarded the High Growth Spinout Programme funding from @scotent on a joint spinout project for eye-scan software targeting life-threatening disease. @vampire_retina #RetinalImaging