Scanurse will no longer continue with the XPrize Competition

Press Release 5th June 2015

Well, it was a fun ride. It has been a great two years working with the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition. It’s an amazing competition that has brought together an amazing group of people. For us, the last two years allowed us to build a great team and develop a Tricorder concept and prototype that moved us into that select group of Top 10 Finalists. Not a bad little feat. 

But everything has its little hiccup.

For us, that hiccup was our delivery company DHL and US Customs. As a UK-based company, we shipped our prototype in time for our deadline, but our package was subsequently held up for over two weeks while various parties in DHL provided us with amusingly contradictory advice about when our package would be cleared. We knew we had a small window and held out for a sliver of good luck to come our way, but in the end it just didn’t happen.

As of today, Scanurse is no longer part of the XPRIZE competition. Of course we are disappointed, especially since this was caused by circumstances beyond our control. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t still in the global game of helping to change healthcare for the better. Scanurse will continue to push forward with what we’ve learned and built, with some modifications based on better flexibility outside the competition framework. We wish all of our XPRIZE competitors the best as they move towards delivering a final product and plan on seeing everyone in January 2016 just to show support.


The Scanurse Team

In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact us at the following:

UK: Anil Vaidya,

US: Sam Frentzel-Beyme,


UK company SCANurse Reaches Final Stage of Global Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize Competition


London – SCANurse, a London-based digital health company, today announced it is one of 10 companies to reach the final stage of the prestigious $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a 3.5-year global competition sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation for teams to develop a consumer-focused, mobile device capable of diagnosing and interpreting a set of 15 medical conditions and capturing five vital health metrics. Launched in January 2012, the competition encourages the development of a device much like the medical Tricorder of Star Trek® fame, moving it from science fiction to science reality.

During the Qualifying Round, each team was required to submit an entry that addressed safety, user experience and a health assessment evaluation. The judging panel, comprised of various digital health and medical industry experts, reviewed 21 team submissions from nine countries and selected the 10 most credible entries.

“We are excited to be chosen as one of three European finalists for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE,” said Anil Vaidya, founder of SCANurse. “The calibre of teams competing in this competition is extremely high so we are thrilled to advance and are grateful to our engineering and design partners who helped contribute to the success of our entry.”

SCANurse now has to build its device and submit the prototypes for consumer testing and evaluation in the USA in the spring of 2015. The company is now actively talking to investors that will support its entry.

Vaidya continued: “Our submission utilises existing technological solutions to solve the problem, rather than developing approaches that are too far away from the marketplace. This means that users will benefit immediately from what will be a pioneering medical device.”

Notes for Editors


SCANurse is a UK entrant set up specifically to enter the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition. The company was founded by Anil Vaidya, a medical engineer by background with over 20 years of experience working in the life sciences field. SCANurse’s entry is supported by various engineering and design partners, including Triteq, Kingston University, Skin Analytics and Owlstone.


Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prizes in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, the $2.25M Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE and the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. For more information, visit

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Tony Greenway PR
Tel: +44 (0) 1904 488062

Anil Vaidya, Founder 
Tel: +44 7957-366-899

SCANurse Presents at London-based TLA Health Technologies Competition

 Photo: Tech London Advocates

Photo: Tech London Advocates

SCANurse is excited to be part of the growing technology scene in London and was one of the first group of entrants selected to present  at the Tech London Advocates (TLA) Health Technologies Competition.

Tech London Advocates (TLA) is an advocacy group that aims to support technology start-ups in finding new investment, new talent and achieving high growth.

The private sector led network seeks to encourage the investment of both capital and talent in tech start-ups from FTSE businesses and major international companies, building partnerships between the start-up community in London, and investors and influencers worldwide.

TLA believes that there is significant and growing interest from large corporates based in the UK to get further involved in London’s burgeoning tech start-up sector. The group will play a key role in promoting London’s emerging technology and digital sector as a defining high-growth area for the city and broader UK economy.

TLA will strive to accelerate the necessary business conditions to advance start-up growth, support later stage businesses and enable technology innovation to rapidly reach its marketplace. This in turn will enhance investment conditions for larger businesses, enabling them to benefit from from the culture of innovation embodied by London’s tech entrepreneurs.

More information about TLA


SCANurse Presents at GREAT Festival in Istanbul, Turkey as part of a UK delegation

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SCANurse was selected to participate in the final session, titled ‘Five ideas to shake the world’, which gives five design entrepreneurs a fast-paced platform to pitch their fledgling business ideas to a high-calibre panel of business leaders, with scrutiny and feedback from the audience.

The GREAT Festival of Creativity is an initiative from 10 Downing Street that focuses on the might of British creative industries. No. 10 has selected three key cities for the first round of these promotional events – Istanbul in May 2014, Hong Kong in November 2014, and Shanghai in March 2015. The London Design Festival is curating the design component for these international festivals, including showcases, installations and a signature Global Design Summit at each location. More info

SCANurse Selected as Finalist at Discovering Start-Ups Competition Organized by Cambridge Wireless

Eighteen UK tech start-ups will pitch their technologies and business plans to 22 leading wireless industry experts and investors in the Discovering Start-Ups 2013 finals on 30 September in London. The judges will include senior executives from BT, Google, Orange Labs, Qualcomm Ventures, Samsung and Vodafone Ventures as well as investors such as Cambridge Angels and NESTA. 

The innovative ideas being pitched will range from a keyboard for wearable computers, a flat satellite antenna the size of a suitcase and cooperative wireless networks, to remote medical diagnosis technology, a lifelogging solution and app for sharing taxis.

Now in its fourth year, the Discovering Start-Ups national competition is run by Cambridge Wireless and Silicon South West – two of the UK’s leading technology industry networks – along with the support of London’s Tech City. It is sponsored by Qualcomm Ventures, as well as Google, Rohde & Schwarz, SETsquared, Microlease/Agilent Technologies and Taylor Wessing, who will host the pitch event at its London headquarters.

“The quality, innovation and diversity of the entrants were higher than ever this year and it was not easy selecting 18 finalists,” said Dr Soraya Jones, CEO at Cambridge Wireless. “Those shortlisted now have the unique opportunity to get in front of potential investors and leading industry influencers, which could give a real kick-start to their ongoing success.”

“Samsung is continually on the lookout for innovative new technologies that can enhance our products and the Discovering Start-ups competition is a great way for promising companies to catch the eye of potential investors, customers and partners,” says Raj Gawera, Vice President of Samsung Cambridge Solutions Centre.

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