PRESS RELEASE: Breaking Free Group named in national top 50 of the IP100 League


Breaking Free Group, a digital healthcare company based at the Innovation Birmingham Campus, has been featured in the top 50 of the IP100 League, following an impressive year of growth.

The company has created the world's first online healthcare intervention programme in prisons, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and NHS England. The product, Breaking Free Health & Justice, is an evidence-based addiction treatment programme enabling
people to overcome alcohol and drug dependence. By tapping into the rapidly growing digital health market, the company aims to use its web-based treatment programmes to complement existing healthcare services in the public sector and beyond.

Breaking Free Group, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, was shortlisted for Britain's first ever intellectual property league (IP100) after undergoing an assessment and qualifying in five key IP categories including brand and reputation; patents, software, critical databases and trade secrets.

The IP100 is a new ranking of companies based on rating their strength and track record in exploiting their IP assets. It highlights the ability of firms to protect and manage IP as an asset, and can provide a competitive advantage to increase overall business value. Breaking Free has, to date, had a total of 12 academic papers published, supporting the robustness of its innovative programmes for both community use (Breaking Free Online) and health and justice settings (Breaking Free Health & Justice).

The accolade follows a successful year for the company, which has seen its team grow by 30 per cent during 2015. Breaking Free will be launching another recruitment drive at the Campus in the new year, as it looks to further expansion, particularly within its technology

Clive Bawden, Commercial Director of Breaking Free Group, said: "We are thrilled to have been featured in the top 50 of this year's national IP100 League. It is fantastic to be recognised as an innovator in business and marks an end to a successful year for Breaking Free Group.

"The Innovation Birmingham Campus provides the perfect setting for us to meet and actively engage with the tech community. The e4f Inspire programme has also proved invaluable in supporting the growth of our business as we continue to secure new clients and further develop our offering."

Breaking Free Group is one of 15 early-stage companies receiving support from Innovation Birmingham's e4f Inspire programme, which delivers a series of workshops, keynote events, entrepreneur dinners, off-site visits, funded internship/apprenticeship placements, and peer group sessions, in order to accelerate the growth of entrepreneurial tech companies.

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