European research news – 27 October

by | Oct 27, 2021

OKKULO creates ‘perception and adaption’ system to help athletes see, think and act faster – delivering significant performance gains

The UK company’s tech has has been trialed by Premier League and Football League Clubs. Research has shown that professional athletes have seen 20% improvements in their perception and reaction times after spending just one hour inside the system. The system works by helping the brain to create new direct pathways between the colour visual system and the neuromuscular system. In turn, this speeds up reaction times, delivering the performance gains.      

New clinical evaluation examines the impact of bioelectronic technologies

A new NHS clinical evaluation has launched to examine the impact of bioelectronic technologies for people living with osteoarthritis, awaiting knee replacement surgery. The six-month project is a collaboration between the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (ATiC), The TriTech Institute at Hywel Dda University Health Board (TriTech) and bioelectric technology pioneers NuroKor BioElectronics. The wearable technology uses bioelectric nerve stimulation to deliver personalised pain relief, recovery support and rehabilitation to patients. The project will assess the use of cutting-edge technology for self-management of chronic pain 

CFOs stuck on investment strategy

Chief Finance Officers have no clear plan as to where they should be focusing financial investment for 2022, according to research conducted by Zellis. The research shows that 99% agree business continuity risks in back- office processes have become a bigger issue since February 2021, with 1 in 5 (20%) agreeing ‘completely.’ Similarly, 99% suggested that a ‘more robust approach’ to mitigating business continuity risks was important for their business in the next 12 months. The full report can be accessed here.

Small businesses put growth over data security

Defense.com has released research which reveals that small businesses are more willing to put their customer data at risk rather than slow-down growth, despite a rise in business critical cyberattacks over the past 12 months. The research finds that over half (54%) of small and medium sized businesses say their investors only care about growth and not cybersecurity, with almost a quarter (24%) of SMEs spending nothing on cybersecurity, and 25% spending less than £1,000 a year.

Manchester booms as tech accounts for 28% of jobs

The Jobs and Skills Report 2021 by Tech Nation shows the growth of the technology sector in Manchester. According to the new report, the technology sector accounts for more than a quarter of jobs in Manchester. The lucrative and fast-growing sector has been accelerated by Enterprise City’s Exchange Scheme which is delivered in partnership with Tech Nation. The technology sector accounts for more than a quarter (28%) of jobs in Manchester.

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