Multiple organisations create a £3m Asthma Technology Fund

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The British Lung Foundation and Asthma UK are starting a new Asthma Technology Fund, with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), to support people with asthma with life-changing and innovative technology.

Asthma affects more than five million individuals in the UK and is a condition that can be changed by technology, which is very limited at present. The organisations have set up a three million pound fund to promote the implementation and advancement of practical and

“Multiple organisations create a £3m Asthma Technology Fund.“

scalable asthma health innovations to help solve this issue, from the design stage through to scaling within the NHS.

Director of research and innovation, Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership, Dr. Samantha Walker, stated: “We are absolutely delighted to be investing in technology for asthma care. People with asthma are generally responsible for much of their day to day care, often only seeing their GP once a year for an asthma review or in an emergency. Managing multiple asthma triggers and day to day changes in asthma symptoms is extremely challenging but getting it right has the potential to prevent 2 thirds of asthma deaths. We believe technology could play a vital role in this and are excited to see the novel solutions to preventing asthma attacks and improving the lives of people with asthma that are created as a result of this funding.”

Programme Director of NIHR Invention for Innovation, Martin Hunt, stated: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Asthma UK as part of this important initiative. The NIHR Invention for Innovation programme provides translational funding to help develop novel technologies to provide patient benefit. New technology solutions will be an important addition to the treatment of patients with this debilitating disease and I look forward to seeing strong applications to this funding call.”

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