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Project: "Chair 4 Life"
Company:Renfrew Group International
Designer(s): Renfrew Group International - Bruce Renfrew, Shaun Phillips, Minghao Zhou, Ken Poberezny, James Williamson, David Fawkes and Michael Phillips., United Kingdom
Category: Industrial and Life Science Design, Professional
User's Profile : User's Profile

Entry Description: The NHS National Innovation Centre (NIC) launched a competition to build on research to develop the next phase for a pediatric powered wheelchair which could meet the needs of a wider user base. Renfrew Group won the tender to develop the “Chair4Life” initiative, and have worked closely with users, carers and key stakeholders to refine the specification. The collaborative work has now been completed and the result is a modular wheelchair that can accommodate children aged 4-18 years plus, with a range of features that allow for unprecedented levels of user customization. The chair really can grow with the child and allows for important 'eye to eye' contact for all ages and their peers. A fully working prototype has been unveiled at the NHS Expo in March 2013, and is currently under further evaluation by NHS commissioners and the Department of Health to facilitate the next stage. The C4L could change so many lives for the better.

About the Designer/Company
A highly resourced new product development company offering multi-disciplinary design and innovation. We carryout market research, create initial ideas and concepts, and provide NPD support through computer aided design and engineering, all the way to full production data. Our client base of national and international companies also rely on us to provide proof-of-principle models, prototypes and in some cases, limited run manufacturing. The company benefits from laboratories and workshops with dedicated staff for research and development. The special test rigs, fabricated or tooled parts and batch production we can provide, help our clients to achieve their clinical trials or physical testing in the shortest timeframe and with fully verifiable test data. Renfrew Group International use market intelligence, crowd-sourcing and brainstorming to help develop technology solutions. With a strong brand awareness and an emphasis on human factors, form and function, the resultant new products often lead the field in their sector. We employ a substantial team of award winning product designers and design engineers with a wealth of experience and a cache of enthusiasm. Dedicated project teams provide design solutions for healthcare devices, automotive vehicles, and consumer products, and for brands such as The Department of Health, Smith and Nephew, Reckitt Benkiser, and Triumph Motorcycles.