The SurePulse story

Giving every baby the best start to life

SurePulse was born out of a collaboration between the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the Department of Academic Child Health at the University of Nottingham, after researchers realised that vital sign technology being developed within the University could be applied to monitor newborn babies who need help at birth. Current approaches are insufficiently accurate, reliable or timely which can lead to deviations from International protocols for delivery room care.

Existing vital sign monitoring techniques and technologies are not suitable for newborn babies due to ergonomic and physiological factors and have been adapted from devices originally designed for use in adults or children. SurePulse have put babies, parents, and clinical staff at the heart of design (ref Pickup).

SurePulse Medical Ltd was incorporated to tackle these problems and is a joint venture between the University of Nottingham and Simpatica Group Ltd. This collaboration combines the academic strength of the University with the commercial and manufacturing capabilities of one of the UK’s premier contract manufacturers.

Medilink 'Winner' medalThe SurePulse Board of Directors and Management Team are hugely experienced in MedTech design, development, commercialisation, investor relations, and strategic alignment. The success of the first product to be developed and launched (CE approved 2019), the SurePulse VS wireless heart rate monitor for newborn babies, has been recognised with Medilink East Midlands Business Awards for Innovation and Start-Up.

Our vision is to revolutionise neonatal vital signs monitoring and give clinicians and healthcare providers the tools to provide optimal newborn care.

Learn more about SurePulse

If you want to learn more about SurePulse Medical Ltd and our VS wireless heart rate monitor, please contact us today.     

Funders and supporters

University of Nottingham
Medilink
Royal Academy of Engineering
NIHR
Simaptica
TMC
UKRI (SBRI)
Department for international trade
Innovate UK

Dr. James Carpenter


CEO

James Carpenter has served as CEO of SurePulse Medical since its incorporation in mid-2014, having worked to secure considerable grant funding for early development and trials. He has spent 7 years working in medical device engineering and development, particularly focussed on blood flow analysis in the field of Laser Doppler Blood Flowmetry. More recently his work has been centred on high-reliability heart rate estimation. He holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

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Warwick Adams


Non-Executive Director

Warwick Adams has 30 years of experience in the design and manufacture of electronic equipment both in the commercial and medical arena. He started in electronics within the Medical Physics department at the Queens Medical Centre Nottingham and then formed his own business in 1982 designing and manufacturing medical and commercial electronics and systems. Warwick has founded a number of businesses and holds a board position in many of these companies a number of which are certified to ISO 13485. Warwick has also been involved in a number of successful applications and grants for Innovate UK projects with Nottingham University.

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Bill Allan


Chairman

Bill has a strong international track-record of focussed, profitable sales growth and of developing high performance teams through small and large scale organisational development. For the past 10 years, Bill has led and transitioned 2 small Medical Device companies to sale and integration, and is a non-executive Board Member for a number of Medical Technology companies.

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Rohan Byrt


Quality and Operations Manager

Rohan has several years’ experience within the electronics industry at both startups and multinationals. In various positions he has overseen the certification process for numerous international accreditation marks (CE, CB, CCC) and managed the transfer of new designs to manufacture.

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Matthew Butler


Electronics Engineer

Matthew Butler is an experienced electronics and software engineer. He has designed electronics solutions for international companies, and is bewilderingly fluent in a variety of software languages. He holds a PhD degree in electronic engineering.

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Prof. Barrie Hayes-Gill


Research Director

Professor Barrie Hayes-Gill has over 30 years of expertise in medical electronic devices and has considerable experience of taking devices into the clinic including co-founding Monica Healthcare Ltd that has fully commercialised a fetal heart rate monitor. He has taken several devices through regulatory approvals in the EU (CE) and USA (FDA). He has managed and delivered a number of projects that have underpinned SurePulse's development.

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Quentin Hayes


Commercial Manager

Quentin has over 25 years’ experience in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare services in the private sector and the NHS. His leadership roles include Sales, Marketing, Market Access, Clinical Research, Governance, Operational and Executive Management. He has Project Leadership expertise in Change Management, Business/Process improvement, and Contract Management.

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Yvonne Hooton


Clinical Specialist

Yvonne is our Clinical Specialist who has worked at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust for 30 years, she is a Registered General Nurse/Registered Sick Children's Nurse with a BSC in Health Studies. She has extensive experience in Neonatal care having worked as a Neonatal Sister, Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Children's Clinical Research Nurse working on obstetric, paediatric and neonatal studies.

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Russell Hoyle


Non-Executive Director

Russell Hoyle runs an independent business consultancy advising small and medium sized companies on their strategic development opportunities. As well as being a Non-Executive Director of SurePulse Medical Ltd, he is a Special Partner with private equity firm Vitruvian Partners LLP, and Chairman of UK based electronics manufacturer Tioga Ltd. He is a Board member of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, which advises Government and Regulators on policy in relation to research, education and treatment for problem gamblers. Until mid-2010, he was Chairman of Inspired Gaming Group plc, an AIM listed technology provider to the land based gaming market.

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Dr Damon McCartney


Principal Engineer

Dr Damon McCartney is an experienced product development manager, and is responsible for all engineering aspects of the company’s products. He has spent several years working in start-ups in a variety of industries. He holds a PhD in electronic engineering.

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Dr Son Nguyen


Electronics Engineer

Son Nguyen has experience in building products to medical device quality standards (e.g. BS EN 60601-1) having spent a number of years designing skin impedance tracking systems. He graduated with a PhD in electronic engineering from the University of Nottingham in 2016.

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Khoa Pham


Administrator

Khoa Pham is our company administrator and literally holds everything together! She has a number of degrees and experience in administration and book-keeping.

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Catherine Procter


Software Engineer

Catherine is a highly experienced software engineer responsible for developing and testing embedded code for our medical devices. She has held positions in multiple reliability-critical industries. She holds a Masters Degree in Reliable Embedded Systems.

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Dr Don Sharkey


Clinical Director

Dr Don Sharkey is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neonatal Medicine and honorary consultant neonatologist at Nottingham University Hospitals. He has overseen previous published newborn baby trials in both the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and delivery room.

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