Novosound is an award-winning tech company who specialise in the design and manufacturing of innovative ultrasound sensors using a groundbreaking thin-film technique to address the limitations of traditional ultrasound.
CEO and founder Dr Dave Hughes has over 12 years experience researching ultrasound for medical, dental and industrial applications. During his time as Research Fellow at the University of the West of Scotland, Dave invented Novosound’s core, thin-film technology which led to the creation of Novosound in April 2018 – the first spin-out company to emerge from UWS.
Headquartered near Glasgow, the company utilises in-house design and end-to-end manufacturing capabilities to engineer a thin-film core material that is flexible, extreme temperature resistant, lightweight, low profile, compact, and capable of producing high resolution images. This core material underpins the company’s pioneering non-destructive testing (NDT) products – the Kelpie, Belenus, and Nebula. Novosound has rapidly become a global business with a highly skilled team of 30 that develop customisable and scalable ultrasound solutions for both industrial and healthcare markets. They are very IP rich and last year were granted their 3rd UK patent for its innovative, thin-film, ultrasound manufacturing process.
In December 2019, Novosound, secured a £3.3 million investment round led by private equity investment management firm Foresight Group (via the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund). Par Equity, Kelvin Capital, Gabriel Investments and Scottish Enterprise also participated in the round.
As well as early stage investment in their seed round, Gabriel has opened up useful connections in the industrial and wearables market. In particular, a member of Gabriel made an introduction to a contact who became Novosound’s first paying medical contract!
- Recent contract wins include international energy company Uniper and, in the aerospace sector, BAE Systems and GE Aviation
- The Belenus won a major international award – 2021 Materials Performance Corrosion Innovation of the Year Awards
- Latest DSound Contract – Novosound have recently entered the global digital health and medical imaging market by securing a seven-figure contract with DSound to deliver 3D ultrasound technology to the dental imaging market, enabling dentists to look safely and painlessly at the tooth and bone under the gumline.
- They have recently achieved ATEX certification for their condition monitoring product, the Belenus, which allows them to operate in areas where an explosive gas atmosphere is present continuously or for long periods. This has opened up new opportunities in the Oil & Gas and nuclear industries.
With so many large projects underway in 2022, Novosound are now looking to grow their highly skilled team and continue to create global opportunities, particularly in the US, and expand in health and industrial markets.