Breaking Free named among top IP firms

Breaking Free named among top IP firms

A Birmingham-based digital healthcare company has been named among the top 50 firms in the the UK’s first Intellectual Property (IP) League Table

Breaking Free Group has created the world’s first online healthcare intervention programme for prisons, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and NHS England.

The product, Breaking Free Health & Justice, is an evidence-based addiction treatment programme enabling people to overcome alcohol and drug dependence.

By tapping into the rapidly growing digital health market, the company aims to use its web-based treatment programmes to complement existing healthcare services in the public sector and beyond.

The Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks IP100, compiled by BQ Magazine in association with Metis Partners, is a new ranking of companies based on rating their strength and track record in exploiting their IP assets.

It highlights the ability of firms to protect and manage IP as an asset, and can provide a competitive advantage to increase overall business value.

Breaking Free has, to date, had a total of 12 academic papers published, supporting the robustness of its innovative programmes for both community use (Breaking Free Online) and health and justice settings (Breaking Free Health & Justice).

Clive Bawden, commercial director of Breaking Free Group, said: “We are thrilled to have been featured in the top 50 of this year’s national IP100 League.

“It is fantastic to be recognised as an innovator in business and marks an end to a successful year for Breaking Free Group.”

The accolade follows a successful year for the company, which has seen its team grow by 30% during 2015. Breaking Free will be launching another recruitment drive at the Campus in the new year, as it looks to further expansion, particularly within its technology team.

To read more about the IP100, read the special edition here.