A design student who came up with an innovative physiotherapy tool for injured athletes has been heaped with more awards following her final year degree show.

University of Dundee student, Jodie Sinclair, from Laxdale, was already flying high after winning venture funding for her invention, a lightweight ‘smartband’ called Theo, which helps measure muscle activity after injury.

Last week (May 18th to 26th) she was showing off her new business idea at the final year students’ degree show, after hearing that she’s been awarded first class honours in her BSc in product design. During that show, she heard that a further award had been bestowed on her by the University of Dundee – the award for innovation in healthcare design.

On Wednesday (May 22nd) she pitched her innovation at Bio-Dundee, an international healthcare and life sciences conference. Her business idea was one in a field of four which included three presentations from qualified doctors. After a gruelling and intense ten-minute pitch to well-informed judges, she learnt that her project had won the grand prize, which includes £500 investment cash and more networking opportunities for the future.

Jodie told welovestornoway.com today (Tuesday May 28th): “The conference was a fantastic networking event, I received a great response and made good contacts after pitching. The night before, at the gala dinner, I was in conversations with Chris van der Kuyle, who is worth £150m and is the creator of Minecraft. I had no idea who he was when speaking to him – I only found out when he went up on stage as the keynote speaker. It was probably for the best not knowing who he was, I'm sure there would have been some nerves otherwise!”

Pictures show Jodie pitching her idea to the attentive judges, and with her award certificate afterwards (Jodie Sinclair).