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SageTech secures £762,000 Innovate UK Award

5th November 2018

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SageTech has developed a unique process for the capture, extraction and purification of inhalational anaesthetics such that they can be placed back on the market under licence. This will create the first ever circular economy for a pharmaceutical product.

SageTech’s technology will reduce both the cost and environmental pollution of anaesthesia in the UK and globally. It will increase access to the most recent anaesthetic agents, improving patient care and theatre efficiency, and provide much needed, skilled jobs in Devon.

Inhalational anaesthetic agents represent a large, growing market but because they are minimally metabolised, up to 95% of agent used is currently vented directly into the atmosphere. Because the agents are HFCs, they are highly pollutive - 1kg of commonly-used anaesthetic, desflurane, for example, is the equivalent of 2,500kg of CO2. Globally, inhalational anaesthetic agents contribute over 2.2m tonnes of CO2e p.a. However, legislation designed to curb and eradicate HFCs is not currently enforced for anaesthetic agents because viable recycling solutions are not available.

With the support of the Innovate UK award, SageTech will develop a waste anaesthetic collection programme across multiple NHS Trusts, as well as a commercial-scale anaesthetic purification plant. SageTech will also submit regulatory licence applications and establish UK market access through NHS procurement. SageTech is currently working in collaboration with the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust to optimise the implementation of the technology within the NHS.

As a partner in the Innovate UK award, The European Centre for the Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) will independently assess the environmental impact of SageTech’s technology.

SageTech is consulting with the UK’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to understand how the reduction in HFC emissions using SageTech’s technology can support the UK government’s phase down obligations and the carbon budget. The ECEHH study will complement this consultation.

Co-founder and Research Director, Dr Sebastian Brown said: “At SageTech, we have a clear ambition to be the leader of sustainable anaesthesia worldwide. We are delighted to have secured an Innovate UK award for this unique project and look forward to working with the European Centre for Environment and Human Health to address the huge problem of environmental emissions in anaesthesia.”

ECEHH Senior Lecturer, Dr Karyn Morrissey said: “Technology that mitigates the impact of health services on the environment is essential; however, given current resource constraints, all new technologies must be cost effective. Given the environmental and subsequent human health impacts of anaesthetic gases, the ECEHH are excited to provide a full environmental and economic cost benefit analysis of SageTech’s technology.”

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust Clinical Innovation lead, Pete Ford said: “It is very exciting for the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to be partnered with SageTech and to be involved with helping develop this technology. This is one of the smartest innovations in anaesthesia for many decades. It will completely change the way we deliver anaesthetics to patients. It’s a real show stopper. I am proud to say it puts Devon on the global map in terms of developing exciting healthcare innovations.”

Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP and Chair of the Commons Health Select Committee said of SageTech: “I support examining the opportunities for innovation to reduce both financial and environmental costs whilst maintaining the safety of anaesthetic practice.”

TDA provides support to SageTech with their ongoing growth plans as part of the TDA aftercare account management programme. SageTech may also look to obtain support under the TDA International Trade Bursary further into 2019 as they look to target new country markets in the human and veterinary healthcare sectors.

Jason Buck, Investment Manager at TDA, said: “We are excited to see Sagetech continue to expand here in Torbay and we congratulate them on their recent Innovate UK funding and hope other Torbay based companies consider Innovate UK calls.”

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