Thomson Screening Solutions
- Published: Tuesday, 05 November 2013 13:50
- Written by City University London
It is estimated that at least 1 in 5 primary school children have a vision or hearing problem. Early detection and intervention in these cases can have a significant impact on the social and educational development of these children.
When he was a Professor at City University London David Thomson developed School Screener™ – a software solution for health screening in schools, which is set to revolutionise the detection and management of childhood vision and hearing problems in the UK, potentially achieving very significant savings in cost and time.
The solution is based around screening software which runs on a standard laptop and a cloud-based server system. The software manages the entire screening process. The software has been shown to be sensitive, specific and cost effective, greatly reducing the overheads of providing a comprehensive school screening service.
Following extensive clinical trials, the system has been brought to market by a spin-out company from City University London – Thomson Screening Solutions Ltd. The necessary trials were conducted and software developed to a commercial standard.
In June 2013 Thomson Screening Solutions achievements were recognised by PraxisUnico, an influential UK network that drives the commercialisation of academic and public sector research, by awarding the company the Business Impact Aspiring Award.
The company now has a team of five; it has made its first sales and is set for rapid expansion over the next few years.
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