Shakar wins prestigious “Women in Innovation” award

We are delighted to announce that our founder and CTO, Dr. Shakar Jafari, has won a “Women in Innovation” award from Innovate UK. The competition looked for women who can demonstrate exceptional leadership in innovation and who can inspire the next generation of girls to enter science and engineering.Shakar_LowRes

Shakar, who comes from Afghanistan and studied for her PhD at the University of Surrey, already invented a low cost intra-uterine device to treat infertile women while she was working at a children’s medical centre in Kabul. That technique has now been used on over 14,000 women. In the UK Shakar discovered that micro silica (glass) beads are better radiation detectors than anything else we have. After that was published Shakar started this company, Trueinvivo, as she had the idea that strings of glass detectors could be inserted in a patient to enable accurate readings of the dose and spread of radiation received by a patient undergoing radiotherapy. With a suitable automatic reader, it would enable clinicians to have a “radiation ruler” and to be confident that the right planned dose was hitting the tumour and avoiding healthy tissue and organs.

Shakar is the first woman from Afghanistan to be awarded a science PhD and she is already a role model for girls and women there. We will publish an interview with Shakar in due course!

2018-02-09T09:25:44+00:00 November 15th, 2016|

About the Author:

Nigel Biggs
Nigel is the CEO of TRUEinvivo. He was a software engineer before founding Pixology plc. which provided in-store and online picture ordering systems worldwide in the new era of digital photography including the first in-camera correction of red eyes. Pixology floated on AIM in 2003 and Nigel left in 2006 to start Passionate Innovation Ltd. He also became the visiting Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Surrey where he met Shakar Jafari in 2015. Nigel was a consultant to another medical devices company before becoming CEO of TRUEinvivo.

One Comment

  1. Aziz Zeerak November 27, 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    As a man of technical background and coming from the same oppressed minority in Afghanistan, I am very proud of her great accomplishments in life and this outstanding accomplishment, in particular.

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