Developing new technology to treat injuries

Michele Phillips, of sponsors Lupton Fawcett Denison Till, with Richard Mills of Swellaway, Next Big Thing winner at the Sheffield Business Awards.
Michele Phillips, of sponsors Lupton Fawcett Denison Till, with Richard Mills of Swellaway, Next Big Thing winner at the Sheffield Business Awards.
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Swellaway is a patented medical device technology that is the brainchild of inventor Richard Mills and has been developed in association with Sheffield Hallam University and local companies including Chesterfield-based Wild Solutions and Advanced Manufacturing Park-based Arrow Technical Services.

The technology is at the heart of an electronic device that can be used to treat injuries in humans and animals by applying cooling, heating and compression and could replace conventional treatments involving ice, water and gel packs to reduce inflammation and aid rehabilitation.

Swellaway is now ready to start commercialising its technology after securing investors which add value to the business and include Manchester United and England footballer Wayne Rooney and a Manchester based venture capital company Acceleris, with the help of corporate finance specialist from accountants Hart Shaw and lawyers from Taylor & Emmet’s corporate team.

The company plans to initially target the equine market as horses suffer from leg injuries and will go lame if the swelling is not successfully treated, but aims to redevelop its technology for the human market in time for what it hopes will be Wayne Rooney’s visit to Brazil as part of the England World Cup squad.