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Heart attack test wins £1m funding

A test that could revolutionise the treatment of patients admitted to A&E departments with heart attack symptoms has moved one step closer to development.

Capillary Film Technology Limited (CFT), a start-up co-founded by Dr Alexander Edwards from the University of Reading’s School of Pharmacy, has been awarded £1m by SBRI Healthcare.

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network is helping to turn the research into a product which could save lives and reduce stress for both patients and NHS frontline services.

Dr Paul Durrands, Chief Operating Officer of the Oxford AHSN, said: “CFT’s SBRI Healthcare funding success is a great example of how NHS clinicians, universities, and emerging UK health tech SMEs can be connected by Academic Health Science Networks.  It brings together patient benefit and economic growth in our vital life sciences sector, by delivering cost-effective innovation to solve real NHS problems.

“Oxford AHSN brought together a leading academic from the University of Reading with a leading clinician from Buckinghamshire Healthcare (Consultant Cardiologist Dr Piers Clifford) to develop an outstanding health technology for the benefit of NHS patients.”

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