We are developing a platform technology of fabric-based piezoelectric sensors attuned to fine movement with a grant from Innovate UK. Our nanofibre process will be suitable for mass scalable textile sensor arrays for anatomical vibration and movement sensing.

 

Innovate UK Project description 
In the UK, 1 in every 225 births is a stillbirth (baby born dead after 24 completed weeks of pregnancy); equivalent to 3,400 babies dying each year. Around
nine in ten stillbirths occur before the onset of labour. One in three stillbirths occur in babies who have reached term and seem to be completely healthy.
Women who have suffered stillbirth can develop mental health problems afterwards; one study showed women experiencing stillbirth were 4x more like to
have depression and 7x more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder compared to women having live births. The results are long-lived, with women
reporting anxiety and depression up to two years afterwards.
Over 50% of mothers experiencing stillbirth noticed slowed fetal movement beforehand. However, movements differ between women and between
pregnancies, and perceptions of movement are subjective.
KYMIRA, a market-leading developer of e-textiles successfully commercialised within the performance sports sector, now wish to create a wearable
technology for non-invasive, 24-hour fetal movement monitoring deploying a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-based piezoelectric sensor to help prevent
stillbirth.
This project will enable KYMIRA and Radical Fibres Limited to fully develop and test a prototype in a clinical setting, generating safety and efficacy data to
inform a post-project clinical trial. These outputs align with the 2016 National Maternity Review, which recommends personalised care based on unbiased
information.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/864388/Competition_Results_-_Innovate_UK_Smart_Grants_-_July_2019.pdf