CDT students win Eli and Britt Harari Graphene Enterprise Award 2020

The Eli and Britt Harari Graphene Enterprise Award, in association with Nobel Laureate Sir Andre Geim, is awarded each year to help the implementation of commercially-viable business proposals from students, post-doctoral researchers and recent graduates based on developing the commercial prospects of graphene and other 2D materials.

In 2020 first prize of £50,000 was awarded to CDT student Scott Dean and his team Graphene Trace, for Sleep Mapp - an idea aimed at those who suffer with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), by offering a novel technology for sleep monitoring, diagnostics and therapeutics. Disguised as a mattress protector, Sleep Mapp utilises graphene sensor technology to monitor and respond to every toss and turn. Their Active Sleep Control technology uses machine learning to identify sleep postures that exacerbate OSA and helps correct them - all without masks or sports equipment.

Scott Dean "Since the award date, we have gained a whirlwind of experience and met so many amazing people along the way. Our product now sits, following one or two market-led pivots, as a pressure ulcer detection and prevention medical device; a smart fabric for continuous pressure mapping, powered by AI"

To anyone thinking of applying to the Eli and Britt Harari competition, we cannot emphasise enough the critical importance that the flexible funding from the Eli and Britt Harari Award has played in our progress to date and for a long time yet!

Congratulations to Scott, and his team of fellow CDT students: Vicente Orts Mercadillo, Pietro Steiner and Christopher Castle.

See more: www.graphenetrace.co.uk


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