Morgan IAT's Haptics glove prototype
We caught up with Morgan IAT, who help other innovators move from idea to manufacture, ahead of their involvement in the upcoming Venturefest South event...
Describe your business in no more than 100 words
Morgan Innovation & Technology makes ideas work. It is an invention business, with R&D, design and manufacture on one site in Petersfield, UK. We work with innovators, inventors and pioneers looking to change lives for the better, often partnering individuals, universities and hospitals on specialist, electronic products in medical, defence and general commercial markets. Morgan IAT offers a complete ‘idea to manufacture’ service, helping bridge the gap between people’s ideas and bringing them to market. We also specialise in the regulatory approvals process, i.e. CE Marking in the UK and FDA registration in the United States. We are an FDA registered manufacturing site.
What prompted you to enter the Innovation Zone? Describe the innovation that you’ve entered with.
We exhibited at Nucleus last year in Southampton as well as at Innovate 2016 and made some great contacts at both. We are looking to meet innovators and people who need local electronics manufacturing.
We are showing our Haptics glove prototype, which is being developed to facilitate stroke rehabilitation and also has virtual reality gaming applications.
We shall also bring an anti-snoring device; and our IET award-winning test for Pre-eclampsia, Salurate. My father Howard was honoured to demonstrate Salurate to HRH the Princess Royal last year.
How would you describe that to a novice?
For innovators, we mean anyone who has an idea, whether that’s still on the back of an envelope, or they have already invested heavily. We can help them through the hurdles of refining the concept, improving the prototype and meeting manufacturing regulations. We offer general and electronics manufacture too.
What are the biggest challenges you face?
The biggest challenge is to sift through the tonnes of ideas that people come to us with, and find those that will really make a difference to society. We often work with medical pioneers, changing and saving lives.
What are your biggest professional achievements to date?
My father, Howard Clarke’s first invention for the company was the company’s flagship Neurotherm product, which is now sold globally. It’s an innovative radio frequency machine that uses nerve ablation for pain relief.
How do you feel about showcasing to potentially hundreds of people at Venturefest South?
We are really looking forward to showcasing our latest prototypes for attendees to see, and try out.
What are you hoping to get out of attending Venturefest South?
We are always on the look out for interesting partners and people that we want to work with including straight-forward electronics manufacturing contracts. On Haptics, I’d love to meet a local world-class VR expert!
Where do you see your company in five years’ time?
We shall be manufacturing more electronics products in-house, and have a number of new products in development. We will continue working alongside our clients to improve prototypes, meet regulatory standards and ultimately commercialise new world-class innovations that change people’s lives.
What advice would you give to aspiring innovators?
Come and talk to us. We have been there and have a proven system to investigate, prove, design and develop products ready for commercialisation. You have nothing to lose.
Morgan IAT will be part of the Innovation Zone at the inaugural Venturefest South event taking place at Winchester Guildhall on 9th March – for more information and to book your tickets, visit https://venturefestsouth.co.uk/