Case study

Placemakers: Novosound – a spinout company from the University of the West of Scotland (UWS)

27 May 2022

Novosound is an award-winning company that has developed and patented a groundbreaking technique to mass-manufacture printable ultrasound sensors. Ultrasound sensors produce sound waves with frequencies above human range, which transmit through an object to measure or image internal features. Commonly known for its use in maternity wards and other hospital departments, ultrasound imaging is also extensively applied in industrial settings as a safe nondestructive testing technique for revealing below-surface deformities, cracks or corrosion.

The company, which developed its sensors at the Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging at UWS, has secured more than £5m in funding. Novosound was co-founded by Dr Dave Hughes and Richard Cooper. Dr Hughes, Chief Technical Officer, is former project lead at UWS and leader of the Ultrasonic Imaging team within the UWS Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging. Richard Cooper, an independent consultant, supported Dr Hughes and the project over the last two years and is now Novosound’s Chief Executive Officer.