The app took around four years to develop, which included sourcing the extensive image library and associated diagnoses (the library currently boasts more than 1,300 images), developing the algorithms to automatically group the photos based on their colour and texture properties, and testing the product with real-life practitioners.
Simedics Ltd originally approached the University through ‘University Technology’ (www.university-technology.com), an initiative that promotes new technology opportunities for industry from all of Scotland’s universities.
Simedics licensed the app in 2014, through Edinburgh Innovations, the innovation management service for the University of Edinburgh.
“Prior to this project, we hadn’t previously collaborated with a University in any capacity, and we initially envisaged that it would be a time-consuming and potentially expensive process. However, from the early discussions to the granting of the final licence, the process was relatively straightforward and negotiations were managed professionally and expediently.The business development and licensing managers at the University of Edinburgh were extremely supportive throughout the process and I would fully recommend any company interested in licensing IP or collaborating with the University to approach them first with any requirements.”
Benefits of working with the University of Edinburgh
For Matthew Diver, Managing Director of Simedics, the main benefit of working with the University of Edinburgh was the ability to quickly acquire research-based IP, from which his company has been able to develop a new technology product much more quickly than they could have done through in-house development. Matthew said: “We simply wouldn’t have had the resources internally to spend on R&D of this nature. We also fully expect the academic provenance to support our market claims and encourage future sales.”