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MedTech Innovation Supported by the RCA

Through the MedTech SuperConnector (MTSC) accelerator programme, the RCA has supported a team of Imperial College London students in developing a voice based AI tool that could offer clinicians a better way to track depression.

The team behind the project, students Alice Tang and Woochan Hwang and data scientist Dr Wun Wong, formed at a weekend-long hackathon on the theme of mental health organised by MTSC. After standout work at the hackathon, the team were accepted onto the accelerator programme where they benefited from equity-free funding and a range of support and training.

The Imperial student team was hosted by InnovationRCA, the RCA’s graduate accelerator who provided mentoring support through the programme. ‘Support-wise, the RCA has been really great. I’ve been to their innovation space (InnovationRCA) several times. They have a lot of their own networking events and masterclasses and their in-house advisors were very helpful. We’re very thankful for all of their support’ said Woochan.

The team will present ‘Affect.AI’ at a showcase organised by the MedTech SuperConnector (MTSC) accelerator programme on 19 September. Affect.AI is a machine learning tool that tracks voice changes and could offer a robust way to monitor changes in mood. This will help address the challenge of managing major depression over time, especially when a patient sees several different clinicians.

MTSC is an open experiment in medtech acceleration, combining research from the RCA and seven other academic institutions, their technology transfer offices, three science business incubators, industry expertise, NHS patients, and other enabling partners. Over three years, it aims to support early career researchers from the partner institutions to develop entrepreneurial skills and develop best practice around the translation of medtech discoveries into clinical practice and consumer use.

Find out more about the work of InnovationRCA and Research at the RCA.