MITOS - magnetic induction tomography using optical sensors


The Unitive team are proud to have been part of the MITOS project funded by the European Commission Eranet Photonic sensing programme to investigate new technologies to solve real problems using photonic techniques. The project is a collaboration between University College London (UCL), The National Institute of Optics Pisa (INO), Marwan Technologies, Valis Engineering and Unitive Design.

The technonology is based on ultra-sensitive radio-frequency atomic magnetometers and cold atom trapped magnetometers developed by the UCL and INO teams. These techniques push sensitivity down to the 100s of pT/√Hz level while at the same time allow for the technology to be miniaturised.

The aim of the project is to miniaturise the existing lab-based technology and make it robust enough for deployment while, at the same time, not degrading the extremely high magnetic field sensitivity. Ultimately, the project will deploy the imager in a real-world environment for feedback from stakeholders and potential end users.

Press Release: New project to develop prototype diagnostic tool for early detection of Lyme disease


Today we issued a press release relating to our exciting project to develop a prototype Point of Care diagnostic tool. This project, a European Consortium led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration in Berlin, looks like it could have real potential in other areas where disease can be difficult to determine, especially in the early stages of infection, and showcases how optical technologies are meeting needs in the growing demand for Point of Care diagnostic systems.

Commercial Feasibility for Sub-Shot Noise Quantum Technology Sensing and Imaging by Unitive Design and Analysis in collaboration with the University of Bristol


Collaborating with teams at University of Bristol including Dr Mateusz Piekarek, Dr Jonathan Matthews, and colleagues, as well as Dr Andy Collins of QTEC, on an Innovate UK funded project, UDA investigated the commercial possibilities for future applications for a sub-shot- noise photon pair light source (SSNPPS) which had been developed to prototype level by the Bristol team. The end result is a substantial and detailed report, representing the culmination of the year long project which responds to the call, articulated within Quantum Technologies programme (supported by the Blackett Review, The Quantum Age: technological opportunities), and through the Quantum Hub, QuantIC, to encourage organisations to identify routes for translation of Quantum Technologies from research to real world adoption.

PoC-BoSens - a point-of-care diagnostics instrument


We are delighted to be the sole UK contributor to a three year European translational project to develop a prototype point-of-care diagnostic tool. The technical focus is on innovative photonic technologies able to detect cytokine biomarkers in serum. The ultimate aim is for a portable analysis device, able to be used in point of care locations such as clinics, doctors' surgeries and field hospitals around the world.

The initial focus in this project is to detect Lyme borreliosis (LB) infections, using optofluidic technology and bottle microresonators, but the technology platform presents an exciting potential model for other pathologies where a specific cytokine response is an indicator a specific disease.

The project team is led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) in Berlin. We are working across all Work Packages on systems and interface design coherence, regulatory pathway and the commercial assessment.

Kick off meeting for the ERANET PoC-BoSens Project at the Fraunhofer IZM in Berlin


A great trip to Berlin to kick off a new project, and to meet with our European Partners, led by the Fraunhofer IZM. The Fraunhofer is an inspiring institution - and Berlin shone in the sunshine. We are looking forward to working with the multi-talented partners over the next few years on a highly innovative Point of Care diagnostic system.

MedTech and BioTech are key focus areas for UDA. We will be working across the entire project bringing our systems management, regulatory knowledge and system coherence management to the table.

Opening remarks at MediSens 2018


Medisens 2018 brought together industry, clinicians and researchers at The Royal Marsden Hospital, London. Phil Marsden delivered the opening remarks on the first day and chaired a panel of experts resulting in an interesting and active

debate. The focus on medical imaging in oncology highlighted the need to listen to end users - clinicians are overwhelmed with data, and top requirement is for decision-supporting tools. Scans need to be performed just prior to decision-making

as tumours move and grow. Personalised dose in radiography is key. Good to catch up with industry colleagues and friends too.

Our MD Dr Phil Marsden Appointed Chair of the IOP Medical Physics Group


Phil has been an active member of the IOP for years and has always been fully supportive of the initiatives around encouraging diversity in STEM activities, in reaching out to early stage career researchers and in linking industry with physics research.

He was delighted to be appointed Chair of the Medical Physics group and is determined to bring his energy, ideas and listening skills to make the group even more valuable to all its members.

On that note, we invite you to contact us....

Press Release - UDA secure Innovate UK project with the University of Bristol


Unitive Design and Analysis Ltd are delighted to announce their success in being awarded a grant by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. Working with the University of Bristol, partners in the UK Quantum Technology Hub and part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, this grant supports the development of a commercial direction for the Quantum Light Source (QLS) - an enormously exciting technology which has profound implications for the future of imaging applications, including medical and biological imaging. QLS represents the successful culmination of research by the University of Bristol who have demonstrated imaging and sensing ‘beyond the shot noise limit’ using quantum technology. Supported by QuantIC and the Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre, Bristol’s research opens a paradigm shift, providing a way to move beyond classical limitations of metrology which until now have been an inevitable part of all imaging and sensing.

Feasibility Study on Brain Imaging Magnetoencephalography (MEG) with the University of Nottingham


UDA recently completed a detailed study into the commercial feasibility for a new generation MEG device. Working with the world class research team at the University of Nottingham, Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, led by Dr Matthew Brookes, we provided an in-depth market analysis with recommendations and a roadmap to take the technology to market. The project was funded by Innovate UK and led by UDA. MEG is a non-invasive brain imaging system which reads magnetic fields produced from the activity of neurons in the brain. Technological breakthroughs by the team in Nottingham promise a new generation system which will be important for research into Mental Health, brain disorders, understanding neurodegenerative diseases, and paediatric epilepsy. Working on this project added significantly to our technical know-how in magnetic imaging and shielding, enhancing our portfolio of medical imaging system expertise.

We wish the extraordinary team at Nottingham the best of luck and future success