Sophie Porter

Frost & Sullivan
By  Sophie Porter 05:00 am June 10, 2021
According to a recent report by international growth partnership company Frost and Sullivan, Western Europe’s medical device market is on track to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic by 2023. The report, titled ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Elective Procedures in Western Europe, 2020–2023’, projects that the market for selective medical devices for elective procedures will reach $16.8 billion (€13.76B)...
EyeYon Medical, CE Mark, EndoArt, corneal edema
By  Sophie Porter 08:29 am June 8, 2021
Israeli ophthalmology startup, EyeYon Medical, has received a CE Mark for its flagship product EndoArt, the world’s first synthetic corneal implant designed to counteract corneal edema. Edema is the excess build-up of fluids in the cornea caused by damaged endothelial cells, which usually regulate hydration levels in the eye. It can result in irreversible scarring, pain and even blindness....
IVF app
By  Sophie Porter 05:37 am May 25, 2021
IVF automation startup Overture Life has raised $15 million (€12.3M) in Series B funding led by Octopus Ventures. Additional investment also came from Google Ventures and previous investors like Khosla Ventures and Felicis Ventures. With this round, the Madrid-based startup has now raised a total of $37 million (€30M) in support of its mission to revolutionise embryology and make IVF more...
Intrakoop, sustainable healthcare,
By  Sophie Porter 02:13 am May 24, 2021
Intrakoop, the leading Dutch healthcare procurement cooperative, has launched an online marketplace where healthcare organisations can market goods and services they are not currently using to other members. The Intrakoop Deelplatform, which was developed in collaboration with digital marketplace designers FLOOW2, is intended to encourage a circular economy in healthcare through waste reduction,...
Turing College, Y Combinator, data science, Biomapas, life sciences, AI
By  Sophie Porter 02:10 am April 29, 2021
Lithuanian data science startup Turing College has been selected for the W21 batch of the Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley accelerator programme. Turing College is a data science and AI edtech startup that enables students to learn at their own pace on a peer-driven remote learning platform. With demand for data scientists ballooning, the Vilnius-based company hopes to solve recruitment issues by...
gammaCore, headache, covid-19, nhs
By  Sophie Porter 11:38 am April 7, 2021
gammaCore, a handheld device used to alleviate cluster headaches, is now availble through NHS England following successful trials. The roll out of the medical device is supported by the Medtech Funding Mandate, which fast-tracks innovations in the NHS. This mandate is part of the NHS Long Term Plan and came into effect on 1 April 2021. WHY IT MATTERS gammaCore works to relieve pain by delivering...
COVID-19, vaccine
By  Sophie Porter 02:49 am March 16, 2021
Recently-formed Rokote Laboratories Finland is developing an intranasal vaccine against COVID-19 utilising specialised gene transfer technology. The company, which has emerged from University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and University of Helsinki (UHEL), is currently seeking investment to support the further development and marketisation of the vaccine, with human trials hoped to take place within...
Respiray’s wearable device
By  Sophie Porter 12:59 am February 25, 2021
Estonian UV technology company Respiray launched a wearable air purifier that the company claims can kill more almost 100% of bacteria and viruses, this week. The device, which is worn around the neck, disinfects air coming towards the wearer through an internal filter and a germicidal UV-C light before it is ventilated towards their face. WHY IT MATTERS The device, which was developed with...
Robotics, Klinikum Chemnitz, laparoscopic surgery
By  Sophie Porter 01:55 am February 17, 2021
Cambridge-based medical device company CMR Surgical (CMR) are celebrating an important landmark as their Versius Surgical Robotic System is brought to the German healthcare market. The tool, which provides top quality technological assistance to surgeons and medical teams in minimal access surgery (MAS), has been adopted by Saxony hospital Klinikum Chemnitz, where it will be used to perform...
NHS Covid-19 app, test and trace
By  Sophie Porter 02:33 pm February 9, 2021
A recent statement by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) claims the NHS COVID-19 app has alerted over 1.7 million users of potential exposure to the virus since its release in September. This comes with the decision to start releasing regular data updates from the app from 18 February as part of the wider NHS Test and Trace data, which is already being reported weekly. WHY IT...