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Therapy Box welcomes Dr Anil Alexander to project advisory group

Updated: Mar 9

Therapy Box, the specialist technology company focusing on the speech and language therapy market, today announced the appointment of Dr Anil Alexander to its advisory group for its National Institute for Health Research i4i funded project, The Language Explorer.


“We’re delighted to welcome Dr Alexander to the research steering group for this important project,” explains Therapy Box CEO Swapnil Gadgil. “His background as CEO at Oxford Wave Research and his many years' experience in voice biometrics, audio signal processing and pattern recognition, as well as the commercial acumen, is a huge advantage”.

Dr Alexander will sit on the research steering group for the National Institute for Health Research Invention for Innovation produce development award funded product development project to design, develop and evaluate an app to automatically transcribe and analyse the language of children retelling a story. This important work is designed to deliver a product for the NHS that will be used by speech and language therapists during their evaluation of children aged four to eight. The collaborative project involves the technical team at Therapy Box along with Dr Cristina Mckean from Newcastle University; Dr Yvonne Wren at Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit and Geraldine Bates at Sirona Health and Care CIC.


Therapy Box and Oxford Wave Research are both industrial partners in the European Union Horizon 2020 funded TAPAS (Training Network on Automatic Processing of Pathological Speech) consortium.


Therapy Box is an award-winning team focused on delivering clinical tools for the speech and language therapy market with clients in healthcare and education markets in 10 languages. Oxford Wave Research is focussed on developing voice biometrics and automatic acoustic pattern recognition techniques, as well as publishing peer-reviewed research, with customers in law enforcement, military and other sectors.


“Having watched Therapy Box deliver truly innovative clinical tools for speech and language therapy and having interacted with their dynamic leadership over many years,” Dr Alexander shared, “I was delighted to be invited to support them in this project that can potentially change the lives of many young children and adults”.


About The Language Explorer Project

Funded by the NIHR i4i programme, specialist technology company Therapy Box is leading a collaboration to take their machine-learning-based app to the clinic so that speech and language therapists in England and Wales can more quickly assess children’s language, supporting them to identify children with DLD and then plan the support that child needs. The game-based app will present an animated story to be retold by children aged four to eight, and the child’s spoken story will be analysed to understand how their performance stacks up to age-matched peers from around the country. www.languageexplorer.app


About Therapy Box

Therapy Box is an award-winning specialist technology team focusing on the use of speech, language and acoustic data for identifying difficulties and monitoring symptoms related to communication disorders. It’s co-founder Rebecca Bright was awarded an MBE recognising her contribution to the field and the company, under the guidance of co-founder CEO Swapnil Gadgil, has won two Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation since its launch in 2009. www.therapy-box.co.uk


About Oxford Wave Research

Oxford Wave Research (OWR) is a specialised audio R&D company with expertise in voice biometrics, speaker diarization, audio fingerprinting and audio enhancement. The OWR team have contributed to major government projects, nationally and internationally. OWR has been particularly successful in bringing practical applications of state-of-the-art academic research algorithms to usable commercial products for law enforcement, military and other agencies. OWR was competitively selected by the UK Home Office to develop MADCAT audio and video fingerprinting software, into a centralised system called ‘WHISKERS’ for the detection of illegal video material. Most recently, their well established forensic voice comparison system, called VOCALISE, used in forensic audio labs across the world, has been expanded to create ‘WHISPERS’ which is a powerful networked ‘one to many’ voice comparison system.


About the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the nation's largest funder of health and care research. The NIHR funds, supports and delivers high-quality research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care

Engages and involves patients, carers and the public in order to improve the reach, quality and impact of research

Attracts, trains and supports the best researchers to tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future

Invests in world-class infrastructure and a skilled delivery workforce to translate discoveries into improved treatments and services

Partners with other public funders, charities and industry to maximise the value of research to patients and the economy

The NIHR was established in 2006 to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research and is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. In addition to its national role, the NIHR supports applied health research for the direct and primary benefit of people in low- and middle-income countries, using UK aid from the UK government.


Award code: NIHR200889


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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the nation's largest funder of health and care research. The NIHR funds, supports and delivers high-quality research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care. Engages and involves patients, carers and the public in order to improve the reach, quality and impact of research. Attracts, trains and supports the best researchers to tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future. Invests in world-class infrastructure and a skilled delivery workforce to translate discoveries into improved treatments and services. Partners with other public funders, charities and industry to maximise the value of research to patients and the economy. The NIHR was established in 2006 to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research and is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. In addition to its national role, the NIHR supports applied health research for the direct and primary benefit of people in low- and middle-income countries, using UK aid from the UK government.
Award code: NIHR200889