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Nominated for Innovation, Science & Technology award

Ian Bond, a retired businessman from Aberdare, has used his chronic, life-limiting condition to build a successful business – Bond Digital Health - offering digital health solutions.

After being diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) 10 years ago, Ian was determined to manage his condition and began keeping a comprehensive diary of ‘wellness points’ to track his heath and medication. This diary meant his doctor appointments became more evidence-based and formed the foundation for his treatment.

With an estimated 3 million people suffering from COPD in the UK, he set out to develop the system into something that could help other sufferers.

With business partner Dave Taylor he set up Bond Digital Health Ltd in Cardiff, in 2016 and worked with local universities to create a smart diary and app platform that could help patients with chronic conditions to monitor their health.

The company is looking to develop a revolutionary new wearable technology product for patients with COPD to help patients monitor their condition and provide more accurate and comprehensive health data to their doctor.

Mr Bond is also working in collaboration with Hywel Dda University Health Board to help develop an electronic diary app that will help COPD patients self-manage their condition. Called myCOPDnurse, the project will allow patients to record factors such as medication use and symptoms while monitoring environmental factors such as air quality, pollen and weather. It will also integrate with the wearable tech device to provide 24/7 monitoring of lung disease patients after discharge from hospital.

It is also leading an international consortium that is developing a new test for bovine TB, with Bond’s digital technology a key part of the project.