A UK-based doctor has won this year’s Health Tech Enterprise’s Innovation Voucher Competition for his female urinary incontinence device.
As this year’s winner, Luke Lintin, MD, of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, was awarded £3,000 of ‘in-kind support’ from eg technology, a Cambridge, UK-based design, engineering and development consultancy, specializing in medical and diagnostic devices.
The award is intended to further the development of Lintin’s device for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in women.
Health Tech Enterprises’s competition aims to accelerate the development of novel medical technologies to deliver improved patient benefits, and outcomes. This year’s entries showcased ideas from a wide range of disciplines including pharmaceutical management, rehabilitation medicine, circulatory support, and radiotherapy. From a shortlist of seven finalists, Lintin’s device was chosen for its potential to meet a currently unmet need in healthcare: up to 35% of adult women suffer from urine incontinence.
“We have received some exciting entries this year, all of which were quite different, and a testament to the innovation within the NHS,” said Karen Law, head of innovation at Health Tech Enterprise. “Dr. Lintin’s device stood out to us because of its huge potential to deliver life-changing benefits to millions of women across the world. I am delighted that we will be able to help support the development of his device and I am proud to work with our partners at eg technology, who recognize the importance of nurturing innovations to ensure the success of early-stage developments.”
In 2021, Health Tech Enterprise’s Innovation Voucher Competition Award went to Ryan Seguna, MD, and Jurgen Herre, MD, for the development of their thoracentesis device designed to improve patient safety during procedures that remove fluid or air from around the lungs or abdomen. In 2020, Ryan Mathew and Heiko Wurdak, MD, won the competition with their mini-brain benchtop test.
“I am delighted to receive this award for my work, and hope that the funding received, and future collaboration with eg technology will be the perfect catalyst for the development of this project."
The team at eg technology said it will work with Lintin to develop and progress his idea.
“We are extremely excited to be collaborating with Dr. Luke Lintin on this project,” said Danny Godfrey, director and co-founder at eg technology. “The competition this year was fierce but his solution for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence demonstrates a unique innovation and could perfectly address a major gap in the femtech market. We specialize in bridging the gap between clinical innovation and market-ready products and so are proud to sponsor the Innovation Voucher. We are grateful for our partnership with HTE, through which we will continue to support clinicians, such as Dr. Lintin, in realizing their innovations.”