a SUCCESSFUL entrepreneur from Gainsborough is celebrating after securing £6 million to launch a new and unique device.
Local success story John Curtis is the chief executive officer of technology company Microvisk, and is gearing up to lanch his new device - the world’s first ‘Smartstick’.
John, originally from Morton Terrace, in Gainsborough, is now the founder and CEO of Microvisk, which has developed the world’s first ‘medical diagnostic strip’ – based on a Micro-Electro-Mechanical System that was originally created as a movement system for nano-robots.
Microvisk’s SmartStrip is a disposable strip that uses embedded sensors to work out the clotting speed of blood from a finger prick sample, and the results are displayed on a handheld reader.
John said that he has never forgotten where he came from and he is keen to make Gainsborough proud by launching the device in the UK later on this year.
“Gainsborough will always be very close to my heart,” said John.
“I went to Handel House school and then the grammar school and that was a great time.”
“I loved growing up on Morton Terrace, and I lived in Gainsborough until I was in my late teens.”
He goes back several generations in the town and his father and grandfather were both senior managers at Rose Forgrove, the main employer in Gainsborough from the 1930s to the 1990s.
John said: “My father never left Gainsborough and my mother still lives here, and I’ll never forget my fond memories of the town.”
“I used to go into Rose’s with my dad and watch them building stuff. In fact, we used to have the turrets from a Lancaster bomber in our garden because that’s what grandfather designed.”
I’ll never forget those days and the work done by my father and grandfather in the town is an inspiration for me to keep making things.”
Now, after receiving £6 million in funding, John is set to launch his innovative new invention which enables patients to test their blood clotting capacity at home, in the same way as diabetics test for glucose and could help towards saving thousands of lives.
“We are delighted to have raised the funding needed to gear up for the launch of our SmartStrip product in the autumn.”