Inverness firm whose tech helps cabin crew deal with medical emergencies jumps on board with Boeing
An Inverness firm whose tech helps cabin crew deal with medical emergencies has secured fresh six-figure funding after being accepted onto a Boeing accelerator programme.
Mime Technologies has received funding from Boeing HorizonX Global Ventures and also from Scottish Enterprise, as part of the Boeing Scotland Alliance.
It becomes one of ten firms globally to participate in the ATI Boeing Accelerator, a programme that aims to help shape the future of sustainable aerospace.
The med-tech spin-out company is behind technology that supports non-medical professionals during first response situations in environments which are remote from immediate medical care.
Initially focused on the aviation industry, the system communicates detailed on-scene emergency data, such as the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, to professional medical services using secure cloud technology.
Allowing medical providers to see this on-scene data ensures they can make informed decisions about the passenger’s need for immediate medical attention.
Co-founder and chief executive Anne Roberts said: “Turning a plane around is complex and expensive, costing anything from £20K to over £250K per flight. Medical emergencies can be stressful for the crew, often little casualty data is gathered to support an informed inflight decision.”
The onboard kit helps to improve crew confidence to respond during an emergency and transfers critical vital signs data to doctors on the ground.
Mime will use the latest funding boost for product development, the creation of jobs and to accelerate customer growth in both the UK aerospace and global markets.
Roberts added: “The funding, coupled with the professional input of industry-leading strategists and technical experts will enhance our ability to transact with the aviation market and is a perfect example of how the aviation industry can support new ways to safeguard all passengers.”
The backing comes as the firm was selected from nearly 200 applications from more than 40 countries to join the Boeing accelerator initiative. The programme was created in partnership with the Aerospace Technology Institute and Boeing. GKN Aerospace is the corporate sponsor and Rolls-Royce recently joined as a partner.
Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing in the UK and Ireland, said: “The ATI Boeing Accelerator has introduced us to hundreds of tremendous start-ups throughout the UK and beyond, each bringing a unique perspective and value to aviation and manufacturing.
“That understanding deepens with our investment in the companies selected for the programme, and we are delighted to continue our connection even further with Mime through the Boeing Scotland Alliance with Scottish Enterprise.”
Linda Hanna, interim chief executive of Scottish Enterprise and co-chair of the Boeing Scotland Alliance, added: “Our initial investment and support has helped Mime to continue to innovate during the pandemic and we believe it’s well placed to capitalise on air travel opportunities as we adjust to a post-Covid way of life.
“By deepening our strategic partnership with one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, we want to unlock new jobs and increased opportunities for Scottish SMEs, and that’s exactly what this investment in Mime is doing.”
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