Our specialisms


Drug delivery

We have an unparalleled track record in creating drug delivery devices that disrupt markets and revolutionise healthcare. These range from respiratory products, such as metered-dose inhalers (MDIs), dry powder inhalers (DPIs) and nebulisers, to parenteral delivery devices including pens, autoinjectors, patch pumps and large volume injectors.

We have also pioneered high functionality, user-centred electromechanical devices combining drug delivery with wireless connectivity and eHealth service solutions to enable patient engagement and adherence. 

Diagnostics

We enable our clients to develop advanced, next-generation diagnostic devices that disrupt the status quo.

We work with our clients to revolutionise the management of chronic and acute diseases, bringing molecular diagnostics closer to the Point of Care (PoC) and developing liquid biopsy systems that transform cancer care and prenatal screening.  

Medical devices

We’re revolutionising therapy through ground-breaking surgical devices, implants and acute care platforms, spanning general surgery, vascular and cardiac surgery, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and neurology.

From through-body wireless telemetry to surgical robotics, our technical and commercial expertise combined with deep clinical, procedural and workflow understanding consistently leads to systems that excel in real-world clinical environments. 

Digital health

We help our healthcare clients develop robust, scalable platforms capable of handling large amounts of data from devices, leveraging recent advancements in connectivity, data science, machine learning and digital services.

We also provide strategic advice on long-term strategic roadmaps, business system integration, digital transformation and go-to-market strategies. 

How we work


Our world-class multidisciplinary teams bring deep technical, commercial, clinical, regulatory, user and workflow insights, combined with a thorough understanding of integrating usability, viability, desirability and performance requirements.

Our designers and engineers – fluent in design for manufacture (DFM) – work closely with external partners to ensure seamless transfer to manufacture.

With long experience in this highly regulated sector, our proven quality, project and risk management systems deliver fast and fully compliant programmes to FDA QSR and ISO 13485. 

Tech, tools & facilities


Surgical innovation suite
 

Surgical innovation suite

Equipped to simulate clinical, home and office environments, this facility allows us to test concepts, evaluate prototypes and analyse workflows in a safe and confidential setting. It’s an invaluable tool for understanding and communicating the contextual implications of design decisions, while the ability to conduct quick-turnaround usability evaluations means we can efficiently progress design and development.

Life Science Labs
 

Life science labs

Our suite of restricted Class II laboratories are specifically designed for handling and experimentation of pharmaceuticals, licensed substances, biological hazards and human samples in a controlled and regulated environment. Our instrumentation rooms are equipped with metrology, microscopy and product test equipment for rigorous verification and quality assurance of prototypes and products.

Prototyping workshops
 

Prototyping workshops

Our electronic and mechanical prototyping workshops allow us to produce technically credible prototypes that bring ideas to life and offer a powerful demonstration of their value. All while maintaining extremely high standards of quality that conform to ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 14001 regulations. Using the latest CNC and milling machines, lathes, welding gear and wire harness and cable assembly tools, we are able to produce parts very quickly and assemble full-scale working prototypes for testing and consumer trials.

Electronic production
 

Electronic production

Our flexible, responsive and agile manufacturing facilities are ideally suited to electronic and electromechanical product builds, enabling us to very quickly set up short product runs built to an extremely high quality. We can build our own PCBAs using industrial representative equipment and ensure manufacture-ability during design. Having our own EPD facility is also extremely helpful in development, driving out DfX activities in eCAD, and feeding test results back into the design process from an early stage.

Optics labs
 

Optics labs

Our suite optics labs enable us to build complex and high-precision optical layouts, typically for testing prototype designs and novel techniques prior to deployment. Featuring six high-spec optical benches with configurable interlocked controlled areas for high-power (class 4) laser work and specialist facilities for interferometry, spectroscopy, low-noise fluorescence imaging and photon counting. This space can be split into separate laser-controlled areas, allowing multiple experiments to run simultaneously, giving our optical engineers the capability to develop creative solutions without instrumentation restrictions.

Anechoic chamber (Stargate Satimo)
 

Satimo Stargate 64

This anechoic radio and antenna test chamber is one of only a handful of facilities in Europe. Within this six-metre cube, we can carry out automated three-dimensional measurement and visualisation of wireless device behaviour and test body-worn technology using body phantoms or real live test subjects. This helps us to understand and optimise real-word RF performance of products such as smart implants (including implanted telemetry), connected drug delivery devices and wearables.

We can help you achieve the impossible

CASE STUDIES


Axsis
 

Axsis medical robotic concept

AXSIS demonstrates the possibilities of intelligent robotic design – robots that are dramatically smaller yet significantly more capable than existing surgical equipment.

 

Chiesi next-generation inhaler

We helped Chiesi Farmaceutici create a novel, next-generation dry powder inhaler (DPI) to compete with the market leaders throughout Europe.

 

Wireless charging for implants

Near-field, inductively coupled design for deep tissue neuromodulation system.

 

Novartis auto-injector design

Intuitive drug delivery device for multiple sclerosis sufferers

NEWS & INSIGHTS


Opinion

Nintendo Switch: real-world wireless visualisation

11th June 2018

It’s well understood that the number of connected devices will grow exponentially over the coming years. The most disruptive innovation will see connectivity introduced to traditional non-wireless products, or elements of products...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Industrial design
  • Radio systems
Whitepaper

Liquid biopsy: current and future utility

15th May 2018

To understand the current usage and future potential of liquid biopsy, we brought together experts from a range of disciplines to answer the following question: What is the current and future clinical utility of liquid biopsy based testing in oncology?

  • Innovation management
  • Strategic advice
Opinion

Technology, clinical trials and oncology - how they're all connected

9th May 2018

“What does the youngest chief executive in Big Pharma want? A control room straight off the starship Enterprise.”… That was the headline of a recent Forbes article on the vision of the new Novartis CEO, Vasant Narsimhan...

  • Digital health
  • Strategic advice
Whitepaper

Clinical trials: how technology is driving digitisation

23rd April 2018

The era of clinical trials as we’ve known them, is coming to an end. Rising costs, coupled with the commercial risks of failure, are unsustainable. This disruptive state is driving the adoption of new technologies, and catalysing...

  • Digital health