Paul Watson lands Alumni Success in Business Award

Published: 10 October 2011 at 14:54

Anglia Ruskin graduate develops new device to help asthma sufferers

Anglia Ruskin University graduate Paul Watson will receive this year’s Alumni Success in Business Award, sponsored by the Luminus Group, for developing a new device which could help people suffering from asthma.

Paul graduated from Anglia Ruskin in 2007 with a BA (Hons) in Primary and Community Care and Specialist Practice (School Nurse), and works as a Team Leader in Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, managing Health Visitors and School Nurses. 

Paul’s first qualification was in engineering and having already designed several new medical devices, he is currently working on a portable asthma spacer which is being developed in collaboration with Health Enterprise East.  A spacer is a device that can be attached to an asthma inhaler to make it more efficient and easier to use.

‘The Pocketflow’ has had to go through many development stages, including extensive computer modelling and independent testing, and Paul is currently working with a manufacturing company, ViVO Smart Medical Devices, who hope to have a production model by the end of 2011.  

Sue Jacobs, Head of Alumni Relations at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“The potential impact of his device on those living with asthma and his drive to succeed make him an excellent role model for our students and is the reason why Paul is a worthy winner of the 2011 Alumni Success in Business Award.”

Paul will receive his award during a student graduation ceremony at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge on Thursday 13 October (3pm). Over 1,900 Anglia Ruskin students will be joined by honoraries from the fields of entertainment, sport, business, art, music and literature as they celebrate their graduation in Cambridge from 11-13 October.

Honorary degrees will be received by leading jockey Frankie Dettori, TV presenter Richard Madeley, businessman and Deputy Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympics Sir Keith Mills, Abcam Chief Executive Dr Jonathan Milner, Ford of Britain Chairman Joe Greenwell, illustrator John Holder, composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, writer Kevin Crossley-Holland and conductor Sadaharu Muramatsu.