5 minutes with Aseptika Limited (Activ8rlives) – DS14 award winning startup
Aseptika Limited is an integrated suite of self-monitoring devices and services under the Activ8rlives brand. The innovative range ofAseptika sensors and monitors range from consumer accessories to in vitro diagnostics with a focus on respiratory diseases. These simplified solutions can be used by both patients and healthcare service providers to better self-manage long-term conditions through self-monitoring at home.
Jessica Auton, Marketing Director of Aseptika Limited (Activ8rlives), shares five insights into this award-winning UK startup following their recent success in the Discovering Start-ups Competition 2014.
Where did the idea for Activ8rlives come from?
Activ8rlives was invented by Kevin Auton, who realised the value group support could bring to sustained behaviour change towards greater health and wellbeing after he and his own family decided to work together to lose weight and improve their general fitness. While there was a great deal of information available, there were few real tools that could be used by a family to support this process of change. Being technologists, the Founders developed some simple tools, checklists and monitoring sheets which eventually became Activ8rlives. This has now grown into an integrated suite of products, which can be used by laypeople to empower them to become more active, maintain a healthy weight and manage long-term conditions to stay well.
What’s next on your action plan?
To develop in 12 months a new generation of CE-marked as a medical device for home use wearable, in the style of a SmartWatch, which integrates medical sensors and sends/delivers data to the wearer from our Cloud-based servers via cellular and wireless networks. Two patents have already been filed relating to this innovation to effectively support COPD patients to be better able to self-manage this complex condition at home.
What’s your workspace like?
With an expanding workforce, we are still working from our home office to enable us to achieve the research and development for our business, without incurring large on-going overheads while we boot-strapping our business with the most valuable pre-procurement contracts from SBRI Healthcare. We envisage raising Series A funding at the end of 2015 to enable us to fund, amongst other things, new offices.
Share a key lesson you have learnt over the last year.
We are acquiring clear evidence of the positive impact of self-monitoring on the wellbeing of the most vulnerable with respiratory disease in our SENSOR trial in Portsmouth.
What’s your tip to stay informed about your industry?
We cross reference a wide variety of global, national and local news and reference sources, crossing into national media for the impact of Government and NHS England policy on healthcare provision. The networking groups, such as Cambridge Wireless, are also a great place to access cutting edge technology and likewise with the charities, such as the British Lung Foundation (BLF).
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