Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, bioengineering students Graham Peyton and Hamid Soleimani were able to create a start-up with real-world impact that took them all the way to the USA.

Graham and HamidBoth Graham and Hamid are undertaking their PhDs in Bioengineering at Imperial. On choosing to study at the College, Graham said: “I love the calibre of research and collaborative atmosphere at Imperial. The Department of Bioengineering in particular emphasises interdisciplinary research and is a leader in the field worldwide.”

This collaborative atmosphere has been key to Graham and Hamid’s success. Together they have shrunk the components of ultrasound machines down to a microchip, co-founded their start-up Microsonix and won £10,000 for their low-cost, portable medical imaging device which can conduct and display ultrasounds on tablets or smartphones. Thanks to their work, the possibility of bringing life-saving medical imaging to isolated regions and developing nations is now within reach. Graham and Hamid are taking their journey a step further by working on the possibilities of wearable ultrasound devices in the US, after being approached by medical imaging specialists, Butterfly Network, Inc.

As well as being business partners and sharing a passion for bioengineering and entrepreneurship, Graham and Hamid are both scholarship recipients. Graham is a recipient of a President’s PhD Scholarship, while Hamid is a Hans Rausing PhD Scholar, supported by the Arcadia Charitable Trust. Their story acts as an outstanding example of the way in which financial support from friends and alumni of the College allows truly excellent students to translate their academic study into real-world application.

Hamid says of his scholarship: “The generosity of donors has inspired me to do my best and make a significant contribution to my field.” Graham says: “Every morning, when I walked up the steps leading to my office, I would think of how great a privilege it is to be studying at Imperial. This was made possible through the generous contributions of those who help fund scholarships. Thank you. My life will never be the same!”