University spin-out acquired by US exam software company

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A University of Liverpool spin-out company, Liftupp, has been acquired by the US exam software company, ExamSoft.

Liftupp, an education software development platform, was created in 2009 by experts from the University’s Dental School to improve the student experience through personalised education to ensure all aspects of the curriculum of study were taught and appropriately assessed.

In 2015, a spin out company was formed to expand the Liftupp product for use in new markets with continued support from the University’s clinical academic teams.

Liftupp’s acquisition will add to ExamSoft’s portfolio of capabilities.  Liftupp's OSCE, Mapping, and Develop tools will couple with ExamSoft's secure exam delivery, assessment creation and reporting capabilities to provide a holistic understanding of student, program and institutional performance.

Professor Anthony Hollander, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Impact, the University of Liverpool, said:  “Liftupp is an excellent example as to how Universities can transfer their research and teaching activities into tangible products, for the benefit of society.

“Liftupp was nurtured within the University of Liverpool's Dental School for many years before spinning out, and was a response to a real world need to enhance student teaching and learning. We are delighted with the success of Liftupp, and we wish the company well, we believe it has a bright future as part of the ExamSoft family.”

David James, Managing Director of Liftupp, said: "Liftupp was created by educators for educators. Being welcomed into the ExamSoft family provides us the resources and platform to continue our tradition of supporting education and educators around the world."

Sebastian Vos, Chief Executive Officer of ExamSoft, said:  "Health sciences education programs need unique tools that fit the specific challenges that they face. The Liftupp products are designed with these challenges in mind, and we're excited to find new ways to support these clients.  We also will look to find ways to enhance these technologies through ExamSoft's offering to serve an even wider variety of clients.”

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