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A Blood/Air Mass Exchanger to be Used as a Prosthetic Lung
A Blood/Air Mass Exchanger to be Used as a Prosthetic Lung

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The Haemair Adult Oxygenator utilises materials already used in comparable devices but in a design intended from the outset to be used for up to 14 days. Working with University Departments and using computer modelling we have provided the simplest possible blood flow through the device which:

• minimises low-flow areas in which blood clots might develop
• minimises rapid flow areas that could leave blood unoxygenated

The device may also facilitate the transport of patients with lung disease to be moved to specialist treatment centres.

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Haemair closes fundraising to develop novel ECMO device

Established in 2005 and based in Swansea, Haemair are developing the next generation Extra-corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) device. The initial focus is on post-operative support following cardio pulmonary surgery where it can both improve recovery rates and reduce hospital stays.

Respiratory problems cost the NHS over £2,500 million/annum. The much larger cost to society ranges from lost time at work to long-term support in homes and care homes. In the longer term, ECMO promises to support patients with both acute and chronic respiratory problems. Competitive devices are associated with an increased risk of blood clot formation requiring a level of anticoagulation that significantly increases the risk of haemorrhage. This risk currently limits ECMO use to a small number of high-cost specialist centres. Haemair have demonstrated a device with the potential to reduce the risk of blood clots and hence greatly increase access to ECMO. Haemair has raised over £2 million in private equity investment and has also benefited from grants from the Welsh Government and from the NHS.
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Haemair Awarded a £1.2m TSB innovate grant to develop a Novel ECMO device

The Technology Strategy Board manages funding competition programs for innovation. Smart grants are awarded to micro and small and medium-sized businesses to support R&D projects in science, engineering or technology which could lead to successful new products, processes or services.

Haemair Ltd provides support for people with lung disease or injury. Its technology takes part of the blood circulation and passes it through an “artificial lung” to oxygenate the blood and remove carbon dioxide. The aim is to provide patients with mobility by mimicking the natural lung while, allowing them to eat, drink and talk instead of being immobile in intensive care. The device has been demonstrated in the laboratory and the company is at the forefront in developing methods that can eliminate significant animal testing. Haemair has also won an International award (IChemE) for the application of process engineering principles to medicine and a #MediWales award for collaboration with the NHS.
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Haemair was featured again at the Science Museum in 2013. We showed an interactive display enabling visitors to blow through a miniature device to demonstrate mass transfer principles in an artificial lung. The display was in support of the "building a bionic man" programme shown on UK Channel 4. The display attracted 5,000 visitors.
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The second MediWales Annual Innovation Awards dinner was held at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff on 7th November 2007. The event celebrates the achievements of the life science sector in Wales by awarding five prizes to organisations who have demonstrated excellence in innovation, growth, export, working with the NHS and for the most promising start-up company. This black tie dinner was held for over 100 MediWales members and invited guests.

The Partnership with the NHS Award was won by Haemair for their work on developing devices that support respiration and ultimately to the development of a prosthetic device that could replace defective human lungs.

For the full press release from MediWales, and a photo of the presentation to Haemair's Dr Steve Brown see below:

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Haemair at the Welsh Technium awards.
In May 2007, Haemair Ltd won the Welsh Technium Innovation Award from 68 eligible companies. The picture shows Haemair's Dr Steve Brown (on the left) holding the award at the presentation ceremony.
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Haemair at the Science Museum, London. Haemair technology was on display at the Science Museum from June to August 2007. The picture shows the Haemair exhibit.
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The Engineer has instituted annual awards for outstanding new engineering achievements. All UK companies are eligible to enter the awards. From a very large number of entries, Haemair reached the final three in the category industrial/academic collaboration. The collaboration was represented at the ceremony by Richard Phillips (Haemair), Professor Rhodri Williams (Swansea University) and Dr Karl Hawkins (Swansea University).

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Haemair is featured in the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Reserach Council magazine Connect for October 2007.
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