DNApal moves into exciting new phase

March 4th 2020

Back in September, Vicky Godfrey, Director of DNAPal, impressed judges with her ‘energy and tenacity’ to claim the title in the Pitching for Success round at VentureFest Oxford. Her prize was the use of a professional virtual office service, including a telephone answering and postal mailing address for 12 months at one of the 24 Innovation Centres owned by Oxford Innovation, sponsors of the event.

Since winning the prize the company has moved from strength to strength and is now halfway through a Crowdcube funding round.

DNApal is a personalised health app which aims to guide users to make the exact right diet and lifestyle choices for them, based on their DNA. It is delivered by a team of nutrition, nutrigenomics and media professionals who are passionate about putting the power of personalised health and nutrition into the hands of the individual. For example, someone who drinks five cups of coffee a day may actually discover they possess the caffeine intolerant gene and drinking those cups of coffee actually triggers anxiety, stress and sleep problems.

They have self-funded a Minimum Viable Product version of the app which supports the upload of DNA data and provides information and advice on Diet.

They are raising £100,000 to help to develop a fuller scope of the app which will include information and advice around sleep, stress, allergies / intolerances, hormone health and much more, and to build more functionality into the app, including daily health challenges for the users, ability to buy selected supplements, book a 1:1 consultation with a nutrigenomics specialist, food lists and recipes.

They have raised just over £50,000 to date with 2 weeks to go. Here is a link to the campaign: https://www.crowdcube.com/companies/dnapal/pitches/qBJn5q

Innovation Director at Oxford Innovation’s Heyford Park Innovation Centre Wendy Tindsley, was asked to judge the Pitching for Success heats and was very impressed with the concept. She says, “There has been a very rapid growth in individual DNA testing and DNAPal’s application of the technology is novel and appealing, so it would be great to see this company’s product in general use. We, at Oxford innovation are willing them to complete a successful round”.

Managed by Oxford Innovation, The Heyford Park Innovation Centre provides a base to more than 40 growing businesses. Located in Upper Heyford, on the site of the former RAF Heyford base just a few miles from Bicester, it provides a base to a mix of technology and science companies.

It boasts over 50 self-contained offices for one to 25 people as well as meeting rooms, lab facilities, networking opportunities and a manned reception. Facilities also include free on-site parking, kitchens and showers, with a crèche and mini supermarket nearby.

To find out more about any of the services available at the centre, or to arrange a viewing, please contact the Heyford Park Innovation Centre team on 01869 238000 between 9am and 5pm

 

 

 

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