Since it was established 10 years ago, The Ingenuity Network has grown into a thriving community of over 1800 individuals. Here, we feature examples of how some of those individuals have benefited from working with The University of Nottingham. This month our featured member is Samantha Tema of Body Aspect.
Sam is the Development Manager at Body Aspect, which provides a 3D breast assessment service to NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups which gives them an objective way of assessing patients requesting breast reduction or asymmetry correction.
Sam explains “Our new application aims to help tackle obesity and address body image issues, and we are pleased to be co-funded by Innovate UK for the second time. With the help of a grant award of £46,215, we will develop a new application to enable people who are overweight or obese to use 3D body scanning as a motivation and monitoring tool on their weight loss journey.”
“During a ‘Proof of Market’ study we identified a demand for this technology. One aim of the project is to develop an image portal that will allow users to view their 3D scans from their personal devices. Given the increased health risks associated with being overweight or obese and the growing number of people falling into this category, we feel our technology can be of real social benefit.”
“As part of the project we need subjects who are willing to take part in a 3D data collection exercise. Subjects will have two 3D body scans at the start and end of a three-month period. If you have a BMI of 30+ and would like to be a participant in the study, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
We asked Sam what she thinks the value of the network is…
“Tasty bacon rolls! But seriously… the talks are useful and interesting and also advertise useful events, training and workshops. The opportunity to mingle with other businesses is always welcome. We had a 5-minute pitch at the last event and as a result 16 people volunteered to take part in our study, and several others expressed an interest in collaborating.”
“In February we participated in Martin Berry’s workshop: ‘Performance – The Art of Professional Presentation’. In May we attended two workshops: ‘Frameworks for Evaluation in Health’ and ‘Funding for Innovation and Growth’. We have also applied for the Unlocking Growth Potential course in the Autumn which looks at the latest developments in business growth theory.”
We asked Sam what impact the network has made to her business…
“The network has led to us attending events that have contributed to the development of our staff and our business. It’s also a great opportunity to find out what other local businesses are doing and we believe this aspect could be exploited more within the breakfast meeting format. I think a business speed dating exercise to understand what more people are involved in at the events would make them even better.”
“I would suggest to other businesses that the Ingenuity Network is worth using. It’s easy to become isolated in an SME if you don’t make the time to engage with others experiencing similar challenges. You can also become stale if you don’t give yourself the opportunity to gain new knowledge in an arena where you can bounce off ideas with other people.”
“Body Aspect are constantly exploring new opportunities and applications for our technology. If anyone out there has an interesting idea for collaboration we would like to hear from you!”
For more information about Body Aspect, visit their website.
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