HT&Y The Future Award Shortlist: Portable Allergen Tester


In the UK over 20000 patients are admitted to hospital each year with allergic reactions (HSCIC 2014) this is costing the NHS over 68 million a year. Half of all deaths from food-induced anaphylaxis happen in restaurants.

The Portable Allergen Tester allows users to identify allergens within a meal on a microscopic level. This product will be portable as it’s intended to be an on the go practical solution used in restaurants. It will fit seamlessly into the user’s dining experience and aims to give the user more confidence whilst eating out. The product is a preventative medical measure by reducing the likelihood of an allergic reaction. The device currently tests for lactose and outputs the results electronically; future development will look into tests for other allergens.

Judges Comments:

“Nothing like this is currently available in the sector, and there is demand given the statistics behind those who have food allergies”

“Only in the testing stage currently but there is a clear future in this product to help those with allergies”

“Cheaper than most testing products making it affordable for everyone”

About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Chief Exec of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum, now in their 5th year. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community through the concept of 'Whole School Wellbeing'. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technologies for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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