Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones and Euro MP Linda McAvan visited Beta Technology to learn how the company is working as part of a European consortium on a healthy ageing project, DynaHEALTH, which looks at type 2 diabetes through the life course.
Lifestyle health issues such as obesity and type 2 diabetes are affecting more and more of the population throughout the UK – including Doncaster. According figures published on the Public Health England website Doncaster has a slightly higher diabetes prevalence -8%- than the national average which is 7.6 per cent. The research undertaken by DynaHEALTH has a local impact as it focuses on healthy ageing- addressing what people can do at an earlier age to ensure health and quality of life in later years.
Beta Technology is part of a consortium that received £4.5 million in funding from the European science funding stream Horizon 2020 for DynaHEALTH. The consortium is made of up a partnership of 13 organisations ranging from universities to research institutes based in the UK, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain.
Mayor Ros Jones said: “It is great to see one of our Doncaster research companies greatly involved with many other EU countries, assisting in the development of new technologies that target disease prevention and clinical interventions.”
Beta Technology company directors Jayne Evans and Richard Wrigley said: “Beta has been involved in European funding for over twenty years. Over this period, we have seen how European funding has developed the region’s infrastructure and innovation capacity through flagship projects like the Advanced Manufacturing Park.
“Today, we are still seeing benefits being translated into the region through our involvement in a large-scale multinational project looking at healthy ageing and the risks of obesity and type 2 diabetes. The European funding has enabled the top researchers in this field from across Europe to collaborate to develop preventative healthcare strategies and better inform public health policies.”
Linda McAvan MEP said: “The work of Beta Technology shows how local companies can compete for EU funding for projects that have real life benefits for the people of Doncaster.
“In the long term, projects like DynaHEALTH could save the NHS money by looking at ways to prevent onset type 2 diabetes. Beta also are a source of employment in Doncaster providing work to graduates in the area.”
Based in Doncaster, Beta Technology, has helped university and business research get to market for over 30 years.