Crainio wins grant from NIHR FAST programme

April 2023. Crainio, the leading non-invasive intracranial pressure (ICP) measurement company, has received a significant grant from the NIHR FAST programme for the further development of its non-invasive ICP technology.

The grant will support further enhancements to the design of the sensor that is temporarily attached to the patient’s forehead. Research will focus on optimising the placement of infrared light source and collector to further improve the quality and resilience of the signals returned from the sensor. This will lead to an increase in the accuracy of the measurement of intracranial pressure.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death for adults under 40. Intracranial pressure is the key physiological indicator that helps clinicians diagnose and manage TBI. Currently, ICP can only be directly measured through the use invasive probe inserted into the patient’s head through a hole drilled in their skull. Crainio’s technology enables this vital sign to be measured noninvasively, providing enables simple, quick, risk free non invasive intracranial pressure measurement.

Crainio CEO, Jeremy Holland, says “Crainio’s technology will lead to a step change in the diagnosis, monitoring and correctly targeted treatment of traumatic brain injury. We are delighted that the importance of our work has been recognised by NIHR.”

The NIHR FAST team received 207 submitted applications, and were able to fund 27 projects – a fantastic achievement for the Crainio team.

Jeremy Adds “initial clinical studies have shown a good level of accuracy. Improving the design of the sensor will enable further clinical studies to demonstrate standard of care level accuracy in 2024. Crainio will release this revolutionary product to the market in 2026. The NIHR grant is a key milestone on this journey.”

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