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Wednesday 27 June 2018

Council helps pioneering US tech company expand into Cheshire East

A pioneering US hi-tech company has expanded into the UK – following support from the Cheshire East Council’s arms-length Skills and Growth company.

Los Angeles-based Eyenuk, which has developed advanced retina screening technology, has opened its first office outside America thanks to help to source premises in Crewe and identify new markets.

Since recently opening its office at Crewe Hall, the business now employs seven UK-based staff.

Eyenuk is developing a range of artificial intelligence (AI) diagnostic products, which quickly and accurately identify patients suffering from potentially blinding eye diseases – such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration – using computer vision and image analysis expertise.

The company is looking to expand its operations and gain further international health approvals for its products. One of Eyenuk’s latest innovations has been to develop AI diabetic retinopathy screening software, which is multi-platform – allowing the use of smartphone technology to provide cost-effective and easily portable equipment for mass eye screening programmes.

Alan Hill, Eyenuk’s general manager of UK and Europe operations, said: “Cheshire East has been an ideal location for our first office outside the US. The support we received from the Skills and Growth Company enabled us to view and select a number of sites before settling on Crewe Hall and also introduced us to the University of Manchester’s ‘International Talent’ programme, to help us explore target markets in Europe.”

Councillor George Hayes, chairman of the Skills and Growth Company, said: “Our Inward Investment team has an enviable track record of supporting hi-tech businesses to move into Cheshire East and I am delighted to welcome Eyenuk to Crewe and hope they will continue to thrive.”

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