Manus Neurodynamica joins ABHI US Accelerator

Manus Neurodynamica, which develops and markets products and technologies for neuromotor assessment, has joined the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) US Accelerator 2022 cohort.

Now in its fifth year, the ABHI US Accelerator, conducted in partnership with Dell Medical School in Austin, Texas, supports UK medical device, diagnostic and digital health companies looking to access the US healthcare landscape. The 12-month program provides companies with the opportunity to define and strengthen their US strategy, de-risk market entry and grow their US business by utilizing ABHI’s advice, expertise, and connections within the country.

Manus joins the ABHI US Accelerator program at an important point in the Company’s US regulatory pathway. In December 2021, Manus was granted Breakthrough Designation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its NeuroMotor Pen device, a significant step towards the technology’s approval in the US. Breakthrough Designation was granted for the proposed indication of supporting health care providers in differentiating between Parkinsonian and non-Parkinsonian tremors in adult patients who are suspected to have Parkinson’s Disease but have not been diagnosed by other means. Manus is currently in the process of agreeing to a study protocol with the FDA in anticipation of a successful US-based clinical trial demonstrating a similarly high specificity and sensitivity in differential diagnostic decision making, as was achieved in European trials.

Over the next 12 months, ABHI will work with Manus, along with 39 other companies who have been successful on this year’s program, providing them with bespoke support in identifying and filling need gaps, and setting individual goals to support their growth. Companies will also be boosted by access to an expansive network of in-market experts.

Paul Benton, managing director, ABHI International, said: “We are delighted that our program continues to attract such high caliber applicants. The ABHI US Accelerator is a fantastic platform for UK healthtech innovators looking to access the US healthcare landscape. In helping companies to de-risk US market entry, it also acts as a catalyst for growth, offering access to senior physicians, c-suite level health system executives, payers, and a broad network of US healthcare contacts. We look forward to supporting each company in their goal to grow and develop within one of the world’s largest healthtech markets. ”

Dr Rutger Zietsma, CEO of Manus, added: “I am pleased that we have been accepted on the ABHI US Accelerator program for 2022, where we are part of a cohort of highly innovative companies with the potential to make a significant impact to US healthcare. Combined with our recently granted Breakthrough Designation, this has been a greatly encouraging start to accessing the US markets. We look forward to working with ABHI and its key contacts and expertise within the US to help facilitate our goal of achieving regulatory approval for the differential diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, and to help improve the lives of this large, underserved patient population. ”

The 2022 ABHI US Accelerator program will run from January 2022 – December 2022, with participants able to make full use of ABHI’s dedicated workspace and office at the Dell Medical School, with access to their facilities and support from senior faculty.

Since its establishment in 2017, the ABHI US Accelerator has led to over 25 international research collaborations and new business generated for UK industry. The program has been expanded over the years, and is now supporting 40 companies, several of which are longstanding members of the program, to drive their operations in the US. Centred in Texas, and using the state as a springboard to other key states, the program offers nationwide support, drawing on the relationships and connections built up across the US.


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