How we created value from ideas
Chemiluminescent test tube

Molecular diagnostics

We’ve worked with Lumora—a spin-out from the University of Cambridge—to develop a simple, robust luminometer that allows their BART bio-luminescent molecular diagnostics assay to be used both inside and outside the lab. Read more

Bee showing Proboscis Extension Reflex

Explosives detection

Inscentinel’s VASOR uses 36 live, trained honeybees to detect a wide variety of trace vapours down to the level of parts-per-trillion. We designed and built prototypes that were used in field trials to detect explosives in aircraft passengers’ luggage. Read more

Siascope V button

Skin imaging

We redesigned Astron Clinica’s Siascope—a medical imaging device used to assist in the diagnosis of skin cancer—in order to improve image quality and increase ease-of-use while at the same time drastically reducing unit production cost. Read more

Boy wearing oxygen mask

Breath sensor

For an undisclosed SME client we’ve designed and built a proof-of-concept device that senses the breathing pattern of an adult or child receiving supplementary oxygen therapy through a face mask or nasal cannula.

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Child monitor

Baby monitor

For a consumer durables company we worked out their sketch designs into working prototypes. Special attention was given to the internal mechanisms – as a low-cost consumer product we had to integrate switches and volume control with the mechanical design of the casing.


We designed and built a small number of these Configurable Handheld Instrument Platforms (CHIPs) to use a a basis for handheld sensor-based products—this was before the proliferation of smartphones with large touch displays.

Video laryngoscope

For a medical device SME we designed, built and tested a proof-of-concept model for a laryngoscope using a very small, disposable video camera chip, the OV6920. This chip only measures 2.1 x 2.3mm with a sensitive area of just 0.6 x 0.8mm, and needs very few external components.

Multiplex immunoassay

We’ve worked with researchers (originally) from Cambridge University, who created a spin-out company based on IP generated through their research into a novel take on familiar immunoassay tests. Their concept has the potential to make multiplex immunoassays fast, sensitive, easy-to-use and field-portable.

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DNA detection cartridge

For Lumora we created CAD concepts and renderings for a fluidic cartridge that combines DNA purification with chemiluminescent detection.

LED for Opthalmoscope

We worked with Keeler to design and build a prototype for an LED light bulb as a drop-in field replacement for a halogen incandescent bulb used in an opthalmoscope. Polarity of supply was random, and the bulb needed to be dimmable with the original rheostat.

Cylinder lock decoder

For a company supplying surveillance equipment to the law enforcement and intelligence community we designed and built a number of prototypes of a lock decoder based on novel sensor technology.

In-vivo dosimeter

For TrueInvivo we created CAD-concepts and renderings for a thermoluminescent micro silica bead reader, intended to allow clinicians to measure the actual locally received dose in radiation therapy.

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CarbonSplash pedalo

For a consortium of companies involved in a European project on the use of carbon fibre composites in the automotive industry we created a design concept for a lightweight aqua-cycle to showcase the technology developed within the project. We’re currently raising funding to build a working prototype.

Printed electronics

For the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large Area Electronics (CIM-LAE) we are producing a small series of technology demonstrators, showcasing printed and/or flexible electronics from UK suppliers.

Low-cost microscope

Before smart phones with high-resolution cameras were around, we constructed a proof-of-concept model for a low-cost portable microscope for a Cambridge-based start-up in tropical disease diagnostics—the device was based on the same Omnivision imager chip we used for the Siascope V.