Indus Fusion developing automated vaccine preparation device for Covid-19 following Innovate UK funding

Bristol-based Indus Fusion is developing an automated vaccine preparation device for NHS Covid-19 vaccine clinics, with early trials indicating a 40% increase in roll-out capacity.

The Vaccine Preparation System (VPS) is designed to work in an aseptic environment, enabling multiple syringes to extract doses from vials automatically.

The technology improves the yield from each vaccine vial and frees up time for highly trained staff, allowing them to focus on administering injections and carrying out their primary care functions.

Indus Fusion developed a working prototype of its VPS within 100 days of consulting doctors on efficiency issues at vaccine clinics.

Dr Michael Pambos MA, MBBS, MRCGP, Accountable Officer of the NHS Covid Vaccination Program, Sutton, says: “Working with Indus Fusion has been nothing short of outstanding.

“As we faced a global pandemic and the unfathomable task of vaccinating the world, we had to look at new innovative ways of doing things. Indus Fusion accepted our challenge, ‘How can we automate a thus far unautomatable task?’, and made it a reality.

The VPS project was supported by Innovate UK EDGE MedTech specialist, Patrick Finnemore, who provided introductions to key industry figures and advice on the company’s growth trajectory.

“As a start-up, you never know when you’re going to hit a new challenge and it’s very reassuring to have Innovate UK EDGE on hand, ready to provide specialist support in a wide variety of fields,” says Arthur Keeling, Co-Founder, Indus Fusion.

In June 2020, Indus Fusion secured a £75,000 grant from Innovate UK to work with NHS pathology labs to help automate their ‘goods-in’ systems.

The company is developing a solution to automatically extract and check samples before loading them into the test machine.

The technology can benefit labs throughout the world and early discussions are already underway for how this might help developing nations.