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Injury-free running with Oxford spin-out Run3D


Oxford, UK, 19th December 2012

The latest spin-out from the University of Oxford, Run3D Ltd, offers Europe’s first computerised three-dimensional assessment for preventing the types of overuse injuries that affect 50% of runners. Run3D’s service uses 3D motion analysis checked against the world’s largest biomechanical database to identify any abnormal patterns in a runner’s gait. These abnormal patterns are often the root cause of an injury which once corrected can prevent any recurrence.

At the heart of the Run3D service is a multiple infrared camera system linked to a sophisticated data acquisition system, which has been developed by Professor Reed Ferber at the Running Injury Clinic, University of Calgary. A full assessment takes 2 hours and is backed by expert advice from a team headed by Dr Jessica Leitch, CEO of Run3D. Dr Leitch began working on the service after completing her doctoral studies in running injury biomechanics at Oxford University’s Department of Engineering.

Explaining the technology, Dr Leitch said: “An accurate analysis of a runner’s biomechanics is fundamental to understanding the root-cause of a musculoskeletal overuse injury and to delivering a long-term solution to optimal running. Conventional video based systems are subjective and not sensitive enough to detect the subtle abnormalities that can lead to injury. Run3D measures a runner’s joint angles in the three planes of human motion. The results are then compared to a biomechanical database in order to identify any abnormal patterns in the runner’s gait to improve performance and prevent injury. Run3D’s unique and rigorous approach provides an objective and scientific service, which delivers an effective and evidence-based programme that is tailored very specifically to that individual.”

Coming out of a joint research initiative at the Oxford Gait Laboratory at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and the University’s Engineering Department, the company will be based at the historic Roger Bannister Running Track in Oxford. Run3D offers a range of services that include the only mobile service of the kind, going out to running tracks and playing fields to assess athletes across the country. The cost of the full analysis will be £295, with discounted rates available for sports teams and running clubs.

Isis Innovation, the technology transfer office of the University of Oxford, managed the spin-out. Andrea Alunni, Seed Investment Manager at Isis said: “Isis was happy to see this company through the incorporation process, providing support on all levels and access to investment.”

The spin-out comes from an initial investment from a new fund managed by Oxford Technology Management Ltd. The Oxford Technology Combined Seed Enterprise Investment and Enterprise Investment Scheme Fund (OT(S)EIS) targets start-up technology companies near Oxford. Lucius Cary, founder of Oxford Technology Management said: 'We are delighted to be investing in Run3D Ltd, a spin-out from Oxford University. There are now 2m people who run regularly in the UK, and statistically, 1m of these will develop running-related injuries in the course of the next 12 months. Jessica Leitch, who as well as having a DPhil in the biomechanics of running, is also an international runner, having represented Wales, and is the perfect person to provide a service to runners which, by analysing their gait in never-before-achieved 3D detail, will be able to help them to run better and to avoid injury.'

Partnering Run3D in this new venture is the Running Injury Clinic, at the University of Calgary, where the gait analysis system was developed. Other stakeholders include the Oxford University Hospitals NHS trust, following the incubation of the Run3D service at the Nuffield Orthopedic Centre, and Technikos LLP, a venture fund with a long term commercial partnership with the University of Oxford’s Institute of Bio-medical engineering. Run3D is the third University of Oxford bio-engineering spin-out this year.

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Contact details for Run3D Ltd:

Dr Jessica Leitch

Run3D Ltd

The Roger Bannister Running Track,

Oxford University Sport,

Iffley Road, Oxford.

Tel: 07736 284469

www.Run3D.co.uk

About Isis Innovation

Isis Innovation is the research and technology commercialisation company of the University of Oxford. The Technology Transfer and Oxford University Consulting divisions provide access to technological developments and expertise from University of Oxford researchers, through intellectual property licensing, spin-out company formation, material sales and consulting.

Isis is the highest University patent filer in the UK, has attracted investment into over 65 spin-out companies since 2000, and in the last financial year provided expertise to over 150 clients in 22 countries. Through the Isis Enterprise division, Isis offers innovation management to university, government and industrial clients around the world. For updates on innovations from Oxford, follow Isis on LinkedIn and Twitter or subscribe at www.isis-innovation.com

Enquiries to:

Dr Chandra Ramanujan

Business Relationships Manager

Isis Innovation Ltd

chandra.ramanujan@isis.ox.ac.uk

T: 01865614434

Ref: PR1212/2

About Oxford Technology Management Ltd:

Oxford Technology Management Ltd, based on the Oxford Science Park, has been investing in start-up technology companies for more than 25 years. The Oxford Technology combined Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme and Enterprise Investment Scheme Fund, OT(S)EIS, is an investment fund, established in 2012, and is the 12th fund to be managed by Oxford Technology Management. The fund will invest in start-up technology companies, taking advantage of the very generous tax reliefs of the SEIS scheme which apply to investments in start-ups and which came into force in April 2012. OT(S)EIS will then support its SEIS investments with additional EIS investments. Individual investors in OT(S)EIS will therefore acquire a portfolio of SEIS and EIS investments over a period of three years. OT(S)EIS remains open for investment.

Enquiries to:

Lucius Cary

Oxford Technology Management Ltd

Magdalen Centre

Oxford Science Park

OX4 4GA

Lucius Cary: lucius@oxfordtechnology.com

Andrea Mica: andrea@oxfordtechnology.com

Tel 01865 784466

About Technikos LLP:

Technikos is a London based venture capital fund specialising in early stage medical technology. In 2006 Technikos entered into a long term commercial partnership with Oxford University’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering.

Enquiries to:

Stephen Brindle

s.brindle@technikos.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 7920 493 030

About Running Injury Clinic

The Running Injury Clinic is internationally recognised as a world leader in 3D gait assessment and technology. The over-arching goal of the Clinic is education and development of injury prevention and rehabilitation programmes for all runners and walkers through world-class research and clinical practice. The motion capture technology used by Run3D, called 3D GAIT, was developed by the Clinic and is currently used by 20 private clinics and 8 universities around the world. For more information visit www.runninginjuryclinic.com


Publisher Contact Information:

Isis Innovation
01865614434
chandra.ramanujan@isis.ox.ac.uk

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