Southampton Science Park company CanSense scooped two awards at the South Coast Technology Awards 2020 during a virtual ceremony hosed by BBC technology presenter Spencer Kelly. The company was crowned winner of both Tech Start-Up and Innovative Tech Company categories.
CanSense is poised to deliver a diagnostic blood test to detect bowel cancer early. Its solution is accurate, non-invasive and inexpensive and has the potential to transform the patient experience and outcomes, important because bowel cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the Western world. The company came to Southampton Science Park to join the Catalyst business accelerator and is now resident in the Innovation Centre.
CEO Adam Bryant said: “It’s just lovely to be shortlisted across three awards, but to win and then win twice is fantastic. It’s great and we are very proud. We’re passionate about everything we do, and the patients we are focused on. It feels less like work and more like our purpose.
“Being recognised in this way is very important to the team. Winning acknowledges that, as a team, we are doing our small part in the fight against cancer. We are starting our journey as a company and so, of course, we are looking for further funding: to enable people to take a simple blood test to determine whether or not they have bowel cancer. Early detection is critical – it provides much better patient outcomes.
“This award drives us on. CanSense is committed to changing the landscape of bowel cancer detection. Recognition makes us more resolute and focused on delivering this to the NHS – saving lives and saving the NHS money. Thanks to the sponsors for putting on this event, which means so much to an early-stage company.”
Southampton Science Park was pleased to sponsor the High Growth Tech Business category at the same event, this year won by digital services company, Blue Frontier.
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