Expanding digital support for healthier lives


11 Jan 2019

We’re delighted to be putting further investment into an innovative solution developed in Newcastle that helps people live healthier, longer lives.

Changing Health, spun out of Newcastle University and Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in August 2016 by Professor Mike Trenell, provides digital, personalised support to patients wanting to make changes to a healthier lifestyle.

Northstar has provided further funding, from the North East Innovation Fund supported by the European Regional Development Fund, along with Shift Invest, and Tate and Lyle Ventures. The total investment package of £3 million will help the company develop new programmes and expand both in the UK and overseas.

Changing Health started up in August 2016 with Northstar, together with Tate & Lyle, providing initial investment to help the founders develop the digital tools they provide to the NHS. 

They provide digital education with a lifestyle coach to help people lose weight to look better, feel better and have more energy. Based on many years of academic study and evaluation, it is currently being used by GPs to help people at risk of, or living with, Type 2 diabetes.

Alex Buchan, Investment Director, Northstar Ventures, said, “We’re delighted to see Changing Health expanding so successfully. When we initially invested we were impressed with the founders’ expertise and evidence and felt that they were developing an innovative solution to an increasingly widespread health problem. The digital tools are being well used and received here in the UK and we are pleased to be able to now also support Changing Health in their expansion both here and internationally.”

John Grumitt, Changing Health Chief Executive, said: “Changing Health is quickly building momentum as health experts recognise that promoting lifestyle medicine - in a format anybody can access - is the best way to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. This investment will allow us to reach more people and support them in new and exciting ways.”

David Huntley, Head of Company Creation at Newcastle University, said: “Newcastle University is committed to improving the local, regional and national economy though a number of commercialisation routes including the creation of spin-out companies. We enthusiastically support the commercialisation of Professor Mike Trenell’s research through the creation of Changing Health and the progress that the company is making.”  

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