Interface help Health Science Solutions (HSS) develop transporter prototype which could help the health service reduce equipment costs and maintenance. 

Life Sciences continue to play a major part in the Highlands & Islands economy and Interface has helped a range of innovative companies contribute to this. Health Science Solutions (HSS), a Scotland wide life science company based in Inverness​ and led by owner Gerry MacNeil, is one such company. HSS specialise in training, repair and quality assurance of medical ultrasound transducers, in particular Transeophageal (TOE) transducers.

The Business Challenge

Transducers are the part of scanning equipment that is held by the surgeon/medical professional and are the most fragile and mobile part of the equipment used to carry out an ultrasound. These transducers are very expensive and are frequently damaged beyond repair in transportation.

Currently this equipment is not supplied with any storage or transport solutions and users don’t always receive appropriate training. HSS saw an opportunity to design a transporter, disinfection, tester or trolley which would ensure secure transportation, greatly reducing costs from damage as well as ensuring that the equipment is easy access and safe to use and maintain.

The Business Solution

Having already worked with Aberdeen University on another ultrasound project HSS knew the benefits of working with academia and approached Interface for further assistance. Interface initially introduced Gerry to Dundee and Strathclyde Universities leading to the development of design proposals that will now allow HSS to progress build working prototypes.

Interface were ideally suited to helping HSS source academic level expertise to meet their highly technical specifications, as Gerry explains:

“We had some early design ideas for the proposed transporter and have existing contacts in hospitals that are willing and available to do beta testing. Unfortunately we lacked the necessary in-house skills to develop these ideas. Interface, however, with access to all 23 of Scotland’s Universities and research institutions, were able to quickly identify a number of academic institutions with the right testing and design expertise. We chose to work with Strathclyde and Dundee, and have now successfully developed and designed with engineering drawings for a working prototype with which we can take to the testing stage.’