Research team scoop engineering award for life-saving pill



A team of academics who designed a pill which allows doctors to make quick diagnoses of diseases such as bowel cancer – have scooped a glittering engineering prize.

The Sonopill Programme sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) won the 2018 EMEIA Engineering Impact Awards in the Innovative Research category.

The group, made up with researchers from four different universities picked up the award for their creation of a captule pill, which is easy to swallow and contains miniature sensors to allow doctors to detect gastrointestinal diseases quickly.

Reasearchers from Heriot-Watt, Dundee, Leeds and Glasgow universities were led by Professor Sandy Cochran from the University of Dundee and Professor Marc Desmulliez and Dr Gerard Cummins from Heriot-Watt University. 

Each year, more than 200 engineers, scientists, researchers and educators from around the globe submit their most impactful and technically challenging systems created by National Instruments software and hardware into the EMEIA awards. 

The prize celebrates the most innovative engineering projects across Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.

The winners of the award are automatic entrants in the global competition at NI week in Austin, Texas. Overall winners will be announced in March 2019.