I’ve lived with severe allergies to nuts my entire life. I carry two adrenaline auto-injectors with me wherever I go, which should be used immediately in case I ever have a severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis.
This prescription medication is inconvenient to carry all the time, easy to forget and expires every year, so it’s no surprise that almost half of all allergy sufferers leave it at home when they go out. But there are more than 3 million allergy sufferers in the UK, and up to 1 in 5 live in fear of death from anaphylaxis.
During my final year at university I felt particularly frustrated with these issues, and came up with an idea for the solution, (called ana. at the time) - to provide all public spaces, from schools, to restaurants to stadiums - with their own anaphylaxis prevention and treatment system. Like a defibrillator, but for allergies.
I graduated in 2020 and my friend James joined me to become my co-founder in January 2021. Since then we’ve kickstarted the business together, raised funding, run a successful pilot, won the Mayor of London Entrepreneur award, partnered with ALK (a leading pharmaceutical company) & are officially launching to UK schools in October 2022.