UK inventors win prize for stroke survivor device

By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter
A "revolutionary device" which would help rehabilitate stroke survivors has been declared the winner of a government-supported competition.
It was selected from a shortlist of 10 "garden shed inventions" which could seriously transform people's lives in the competition which was sponsored by innovation foundation Nesta.

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Inventor's Prize shortlists the UK's 10 best inventions
A 3D printable prosthetic arm and a "Kindle for blind people" are among the inventions selected by the National Inventor Prize

The winning invention, Neuroball, is a device developed by UK-based company Neurofenix, and it allows people who have suffered a stroke to engage in rehabilitation exercises.Inspired by relatives of the firm's co-founders who suffered strokes, Neurofenix aims to improve the life of stroke survivors who may not receive enough support after they leave hospital.By connecting to an online platform, the device enables patients to improve dexterity in their hand and arm in competitive and collaborative training.The team behind the device have been announced as the winners of the Inventors Prize, launched as part of the government's industrial strategy last year.They will be given €50,000 to help get their product to market, where it could be used to help the 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK - with 100,000 more occurring every year."We are so excited to be selected as the winners of the Inventor Prize, from the nine other brilliant and inspiring entrepreneurs," said the Neurofenix team.
Urologic's NuCatheter device won second prize in the competition
The competition was launched to find "Britain's grassroots and garden shed inventors" and the €15,000 prize for second-place went to Cambridge-based Urologic for their NuCath catheter device.In the UK over 500,000 serious urinary tract infections per year are contracted as a result of indwelling catheters, and these account for up to 40% of all hospital-acquired infections - with an annual mortality rate of over 2,000.
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