Oxford alumni startups receive €4M for brain health

Two University of Oxford alumni-led startups, iLoF and Pipra, were recently funded by the European Institute of Technology for Health (EIT Health).

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Jan 21, 2020 · 6 min read

About Pipra

Disorientation, memory loss, difficulties in speech. If you are over 60 and about to undergo surgery, you could be at risk of developing these symptoms as part of postoperative delirium. One in four patients over the age of sixty are affected by such cognitive disorders. Delirium is linked to severe adverse outcomes such as a 25% mortality rate within one month, dementia, and increased admission to nursing homes, and it costs billions to health insurances world-wide. There is no treatment for delirium once symptoms have started; however, there are several effective risk-reducing options available. Unfortunately, these options are too expensive to offer all patients undergoing surgery, creating an urgent need for a pre-operative risk assessment tool which can quickly, accurately and cost-effectively find patients at risk.

“If you have to choose between daily pain medication or not recognising your grandchildren, you would probably cancel your knee surgery,”

says MD Nayeli Schmutz, an anaesthetist and PIPRA’s chief medical officer (CMO).

PIPRA team, (from left to right) Dr. Benjamin Dodsworth, MD Nayeli Schmutz, John Klepper.

About iLoF

iLoF has created a portable system that serves as a digital library for fingerprints of various neurodegenerative diseases and allows rapid and non-invasive patient stratification for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

iLoF Team, (form left to right) Dr. Joana Paiva, Luis Valente, Dr, Paula Sampaio, Dr. Mehak Mumtaz.

By aiding the drug discovery process, we aim to open new avenues for AD treatment, providing a lifeline to millions around the globe.

The Start-up founded by Dr. Mehak Mumtaz (COO and Oxford-Alumni, St. Hilda’s and St. Edmund Hall), Luis Valente (CEO), Dr. Joana Paiva (CTO) and Dr. Paula Sampaio (CSO) are making use of the Oxford University ecosystem to speed up the development of their non-invasive, inexpensive, blood test, hoping to make the recruitment process of Alzheimer’s clinical trials cheaper, more efficient and convenient for patients.

Wildcards

People or teams can register their interest for the 2020 edition of the Wild Card programme via the website. The next call will address how we can improve the prediction, diagnosis and treatment to make giant leaps in women’s health and how we can harness the power of digital solutions to help EU citizens live longer, healthier lives.

About Oxford Foundry

The Oxford Foundry is the University of Oxford’s entrepreneurship centre. The Foundry supports all 24,000 students at Oxford, as well as all alumni, to better society through entrepreneurship. The Foundry does this through knowledge exchange, multi-disciplinary collaboration and experiential skills training.

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