As well as staying home, and staying safe, we've been using the resources in the Folium workshop to laser cut and assemble disposable face shields for care homes in Bristol. 400 so far...
Folium also does cleanroom consultancy. We've built a number of cleanrooms over the years for our own use, and we share our experiences where we can.
In 2018 we helped NuNano, a startup based at UnitDX in Bristol, to build a dedicated ISO 7 cleanroom for AFM/SEM quality control, and in 2019 we were involved in the construction and commissioning.
Check out the timelapse video below, and their post at https://www.nunano.com/blog/2019/11/26/welcome-to-the-city-of-bristols-first-commercial-cleanroom
If you need help with a small cleanroom installation - then give us a call!
Folium's CEO, Dr Steve Kitson will be one of the guest speakers on the 12th March 2018 at the Materials Research Exchange being held in London. This will be a two day exhibition and conference to showcase the best of the UK materials innovation from both the academic and industrial community, so one not to miss. If you are interested in meeting with Steve on the day please do get in touch.
See another one of our innovative designs here at Folium Optics.
In September 2017 the University of Bristol conceived a new and exciting concept to measure alcohol consumption, partnering with Folium Optics to create a prototype device.
Please click here to read more on this story.
We currently have an exciting position open for a R&D Technician/Engineer. If you feel you have the skills and qualities for this role please apply via the link
On Tuesday 31st October 2017 Steve Kitson, CEO joined a panel discussion on entrepreneurial motivation. The event was run by the Quantum Technology Enterprise and Unit DX. Start Something aims to introduce and encourage postgraduates to consider entrepreneurship as an alternative career path to research, and introduce them to a network of professionals that can help them on their journey.
To read the full story please on the link.
Getting patients, especially the elderly, to take a complex combination of different medications can be a tough task and up to half of all medicines aren’t taken as they should be. When patients don’t adhere strictly to their prescription, it leads to a drop in the effectiveness of their treatment and a negative impact on their overall health. Not only does this waste up to £300m of prescribed medicines within the UK’s National Health Service annually, but there’s approximately £500m of additional healthcare costs as a consequence of missed medication.
An innovative solution to the problem of medical adherence
In October 2016, Folium Optics was awarded £1 million in SBRI Healthcare funding to develop a novel solution for the medicine adherence problem in the elderly population. The result of this funding, and the collaboration with SBRI Healthcare, has been our My Health Tags system.
My Health Tags: how it works
My Health Tags is an incredibly easy-to-use solution for its target audience of elderly users, with a cloud connection to send invaluable data and statistics to healthcare providers regarding the patient’s medical compliance.
The core components of the system in a patient’s home are:
A successful trial of My Health Tags
“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with SBRI Healthcare. Their program opened doors that we’d otherwise have struggled to gain access to. It gave us great insight to real problems - if we can solve them, we can make a real difference to patients and to the NHS. Clinical trials are an essential part of developing any medical product, and we’ve been very fortunate in having access to patients, consultants and nurses from the Bristol Heart Institute for our 6-month trial of the My Health Tags system.” explains Steve Kitson, Folium Optics CEO.
“Comments from our trial users have been extremely encouraging, with patients finding the reminder unit easy to use and extremely helpful. And the feedback from SBRI Healthcare has been overwhelmingly positive and we aim to take the development further.”
Joop Tanis, Business Development and SBRI Healthcare Programme Director at Health Enterprise East commented: "This is a great example of how technology can bring new solutions to healthcare challenges. We're delighted to have worked alongside the team to develop the device and support the clinical evaluation.”
A bright future for intelligent displays
Steve Kitson is now looking to the future: “we see a great future for My Health Tags as a system that helps people remember to take their medicines. We are now actively looking for partners to help us bring this technology to market.”
If you would like to find out more, please do get in touch.
Folium's CEO, Steve Kitson will be one of the guest speakers on the 31st October 2017 at the Start something: The Benchtop to Business Seminar Series hosted by Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre and Unit DX from 17.00hrs till 20.30hrs.
Steve's panel session is on "Heart and Mind : Entrepreneurial Motivation"
The session is focused on what drives an entrepreneur to take an idea and/or technology (university or otherwise) and turn it into a growth business by examining actual cases of entrepreneurial companies that have successfully transformed from an early stage idea to a real venture.
The series is particularly relevant for postgraduate students considering future career paths, those exploring entrepreneurial opportunities and looking to build high quality networks with experts and practitioners. It is also a chance for the business community to mix with the next generation of talent.
If you would like to see Steve on the evening please click on the link for free registration. (Now sold out)
Foliums cto to present at the sid technical meeting on emerging display technologies tuesday 24th october 2017
John Rudin, Folium's CTO has been invited to present at the Society for Information Display Techncial meeting on Emerging Display technologies, on Tuesday 24th October 2017 at the Trinity Centre, Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge, CB4 0FN
His presentation will be titled "Shaping the display to the application - how plastic display form factors enable high value solutions"
To register for the event, please visit this link
John would be glad to talk with interested parties at the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to organise a time to meet him.