The team composed of students from the master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Faculty of Biotechnology, Daniela Paiva, Joana Sá and Pedro Ribeiro, supervised by Professor Pedro Miguel Rodrigues, will participate in the HiTech - Boosting Science & Technology program, with the Heartware Software, which results from the students' master's thesis work.
The HiTech program is designed for R&D teams that want to increase their skills in the areas of entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. The program aims to bring Science and Technology closer to products and market’s needs, to improve Science communication and to evaluate different paths for moving the technology to the market.
HiTech will facilitate research teams to be better aligned with Horizon Europe's goals, namely by helping them to understand how their research can create a stronger impact in society and how to better disseminate and exploit Research and Innovation results.
The participating teams will be supported in the development of a business case for the product (or service) concept generated and a pitch presentation of the product (or service) concept to quickly communicate the business case to potential investors.
The product consists of software equipped with an intelligent system that identifies cardiovascular diseases. The software has, as input, an electrocardiographic signal (ECG) that will be processed, using advanced signal processing techniques, to provide a set of patterns indicating electrocardiographic activity. After extracting these patterns, the software starts the classification process using convolutional neural networks - an intelligent system. In the end, a pre-report of the ECG is digitally printed (pdf format) and will indicate if any abnormal activity was detected by the algorithm embedded in the Heartware software.
Figure 1 - Illustration of the Heartware software developed by the students of the Faculty of Biotechnology.
Heartware Team Testimonial
How did the idea for this product / software come about?
“The idea came about through our advisor, Professor Pedro Rodrigues. The Professor proposed to the group to combine the algorithms developed in our master's thesis work. Each element identified a specific cardiac pathology with high precision and the set of 3 algorithms makes the software more robust, allowing the introduction of this product on the market.”
What made you participate in this program and what do you expect to learn?
"With the participation in this program, the group intends, not only, to acquire knowledge related to entrepreneurship and the current market, but also to have a perspective regarding the presentation of the product to investors."
What are the next steps?
"The next steps will be to try to introduce our product to the market, as well as to create a patent."
This is the second participation of teams from the Faculty of Biotechnology in the HiTech program. Last year, Marta Vasconcelos participated with the Metabofind team, in collaboration with the University of Aveiro.