Our story

The story of our technology started in 2004, when the then medical director of the UK National Society for Epilepsy convinced Acurable’s co-founder Professor Esther Rodriguez-Villegas to use her unique knowledge of low power microelectronic design to develop an apnoea monitoring technology that prevented sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, a type of epilepsy seizure that kills up to 1,000 people per year in the UK alone.

The problem was not just detecting apnoea, but doing so with a device that was very small, unobtrusive, had the ability to monitor for long periods, and was extremely accurate, since missing an apnoea could be fatal, and false alarms would discourage its use. Existing sensing modalities and signal processing algorithms did not meet these criteria. So novel sensing, hardware and software engineering techniques were devised to overcome these challenges.

With time, Esther realised that this technology could however have much wider applications, including sleep apnoea screening and the continuous remote monitoring of a variety of respiratory and cardiac conditions.

Main milestones

  • 2004

    Started R&D

    Research project started at Imperial College London to prevent sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

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  • 2007

    SUDEP Action sponsorship

    Leading epilepsy charity in the UK SUDEP Action decides to sponsor our research

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  • 2011

    Technology patented

    We submit the application to patent our technology worldwide

  • 2013

    Successful clinical trial

    Conducted clinical trial at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, with results published by top medical journal (BMJ Open)

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  • 2014

    Winner of XPRIZE Award

    AcuPebbleTM technology wins XPRIZE Award, the most prestigious prize in the medical technology industry

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  • 2016

    Imperial College spin off

    Technology IP transferred from Imperial College London to Acurable Limited

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  • 2017

    Financing round

    Acurable raises £2.1m from Venture Capital funds Kindred Capital and Alma Mundi Ventures

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  • 2018

    Microsoft ScaleUp

    Invited to join the Microsoft ScaleUp program for fast-growing start-ups in Europe

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