Business backs device created through three-way Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Swellaway Limited based in Lymm, Cheshire know the value Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) can bring.

Working with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Manchester Metropolitan University they have been able to develop cutting-edge devices such as ProMOTION EV1 for use by athletes to get back to fitness, faster. The battery-powered portable digital device endorsed by England footballer Harry Maguire reduces swelling of associated with injuries by providing cooling, heating and compression. Athletes now can receive treatment at home or while on the move, set precise programmable treatments and capture data through a smartphone app. 

UCLan researchers Jill Alexander and Professor Jim Richards have been heavily involved in the research and development phases of the device, alongside Professor James Selfe from Manchester Metropolitan University They conducted rigorous testing on the product and developed treatment protocols using the device to deliver the best treatment response and recovery.

Maguire started using the device earlier this year, after sustaining an ankle injury. Professor Jim Richards said: “The three-way Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Swellaway, UCLan and Manchester Metropolitan University has allowed us to increase the evidence base for the management of injuries such as Harry’s ankle injury. Using the ProMOTION EV1 we were able to deliver a much more precise and targeted treatment to help his recovery”.

The partnership has also helped Swellaway improve competitiveness and productivity through the development of the tech-enabled lightweight device. 

"The research developed by Manchester Metropolitan University and UCLan will be instrumental for the success of our product. We are sure that it will help us successfully develop our current product together with our future planned devices."

Robin Slinger, Chairman of Swellaway

We are delighted to share that the University has been shortlisted in no less than five categories for the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2022, widely regarded as the 'Oscars of higher education'. This project has been shortlisted in the category ‘Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year (Manchester Metropolitan University, in collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire and Swellaway Ltd)’. We would like to recognise the invaluable contributions of Professor Jim Richards and Dr Jill Alexander from the University, Professor James Selfe and Dr Christopher McCarthy from Manchester Metropolitan University and Olivia Greenhalgh from Swellaway, and we wish everyone involved the best of luck at the awards which will be presented at the Hilton London Metropole on 17 November.

This KTP project was funded by UKRI through Innovate UK.