Renfrew wins British Inventor of the Year with artificial pancreas

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 by Tim Brown
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Renfrew Group and De Montfort University's' collaborative project, the InSmart Artifical Pancreas, has been chosen as the overall winner of the British Inventors Project as part of the Gadget Show Live 2014.

The artificial pancreas that automatically releases the correct insulin dose to diabetic patients has won its creators the accolade of Gadget Show Live British Inventor of the Year 2014 yesterday morning at the NEC, Birmingham.

The result of a collaboration between designers Renfrew Group International and Professor Joan Taylor of De Montfort University, the pancreas is an implantable device with the potential to end multiple insulin injections for sufferers of Type 1 diabetes – a large proportion of whom are at risk of over or under medicating with current treatment methods.

The winning inventors were chosen by Gadget Show Live in collaboration with WIRED magazine with the award presented yesterday morning by Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury and the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable will visit Gadget Show Live at 1045 on Friday 11 April to meet them.

The team behind the Artificial Pancreas wins a free exhibition stand at next year’s Gadget Show Live, providing them with a valuable platform for launching commercially and reaching out to trade professionals and potential patients.   A runners up certificate was also presented to Edward Ward, Veglo, for his Commuter X4 design, a light designed to give optimum visibility for cyclists. Ed invented the light after he was hit while cycling in London and thrown to the side of the road. He has given up his job to make it a success. He will receive a free exhibition stand at The Cycle Show.

The Artificial Pancreas and Commuter X4 are two of the 21 British innovations shortlisted for the first ever British Inventors Project by Gadget Show Live. All 21 products and their inventors are being showcased at the show, the UK’s largest consumer technology event, which opens to the public tomorrow (Wednesday 9 April) and runs until Sunday at the NEC, Birmingham.

Bruce Renfrew, Creative Director at Renfrew Group International said: “Renfrew Group and De Montfort University are delighted that the Artificial Pancreas has been given the inaugural Gadget Show Live British Inventors Award. The introduction of this award and the British Inventors Project by Gadget Show Live are really valuable platforms for raising the awareness of British innovation and celebrating this country’s talent in this area. The Renfrew Group has been pleased to help develop an innovative gadget with the inventor of the science behind the pancreas, Professor Joan Taylor at De Montfort University. This beautifully simple device now has the potential to benefit millions of lives.”