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Saying nano to killer diseases

Three UK medtech companies whose products can combat bird flu, diagnose asthma in seconds and illuminate cancer cells have received Business Innovation Awards at a major nanotechnology event.

Award winners (left to right): Dr Victor Higgs, Dr Michael             Edelman, Dominic Jermey (Managing Director, Sectors             Group, UKTI) and Dr Paul Reip.The third annual UK NanoForum in London brought together over 100 international delegates from 20 countries to meet the best of the UK’s nanotechnology community.

Andrew Cahn, Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the event’s lead sponsor, said: “The rapidly growing nanotechnology market presents a great opportunity for British business. The UK is at the forefront of this technology, turning outstanding academic research into products that can help to save lives. I congratulate the winners on their vision, entrepreneurial spirit and hard work.”

The Healthcare for the Modern Age award was won by Intrinsiq Materials Ltd of Hampshire. It was accepted by Dr Paul Reip, Director, Government and Strategic Programmes, who said: “Intrinsiq is developing novel nanomaterials that will enable the production of a wide range of enhanced products for the health and wellness sectors. This includes coatings and devices that can attack virus, bacteria and fungi, and have already demonstrated effect against bird flu, norovirus and MRSA.”

The Intelligent Connected World award was won by Applied Nanodetectors Ltd of Enfield. It was accepted by Dr. Victor Higgs, CEO, who said: “We have developed a device that can instantaneously detect asthma. Patients breathe onto a nanochip detector and get a green or a red light in seconds to determine whether they are suffering from this condition. This cuts out blood tests that must be sent to labs, X-rays, and allergic tests.”

The Clean Technologies award was won by Nanoco Technologies of Manchester. It was accepted by Dr Michael Edelman, CEO, who said: “Nanoco resolved the problem of how you mass-produce semi-conductor nanocrystals that glow in different colours when illuminated by ultraviolet light. Our products help make lighting that lasts upwards of 60,000 hours. They can help to illuminate cancer cells.”

MediWales recognises medtech innovation

Welsh companies producing innovative medical technologies, ranging from software for cancer diagnosis to a device to treat female stress incontinence, were recognised at the annual MediWales Innovation Awards.

Innovation Award winner: Gaynor Morgan, C&G Medicare LtdThe Awards, held at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff in the presence of over 100 senior sector representatives, celebrated the achievements of the health technology sector in Wales and recognised companies that have excelled. The winners will go forward to the national Medilink UK Awards in February.

Mr Greg Baily, Chairman of MediWales and Technical Director of Cardiff-based Arjo Huntleigh, said: “In these difficult economic times it is heartening to celebrate the numerous, albeit hard-won, success stories that continue to flow from Wales’ health technology sectors and the patient benefits that will result from this work.”

The Innovation Award, sponsored by Catalyst Venture Partners Ltd, was won by C&G Medicare from Swansea for their product IncoStress, designed to help with female stress incontinence.

The Outstanding Growth Award, sponsored by patent and trademark attorneys Abel & Imray, went to Penn Pharmaceutical Services, who combine clinical trial and drug development services with manufacturing, packaging, import and storage.

The Export Award, sponsored by UDL Intellectual Property, was given to Bridgend-based Biotec Services International, which specialises in clinical trials, supply and specialist import services for biopharmaceuticals.

The winner of this year’s Start-up Award was Oncomorph Analysis Ltd from Aberystwyth, who are developing visualisation software to assist in the diagnosis of prostate cancer.

The Partnership with the NHS Award was sponsored by GX Design Engineers; it was won by Home Telehealth Limited (HTL) of Cardiff for work with the NHS that resulted in their being used not only as an equipment supplier, but also as a service provider.

The Judges’ Award, sponsored by Teamworks Technology Services, was won by Zarlink Semiconductors, who develop and supply technologies for medical device companies to deliver small, portable wireless therapy and monitoring devices.

This year’s sponsors were GE Healthcare, Boots Centre for Innovation, law firm Geldards and the five prize sponsors. The Awards are also supported by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Siemens adds muscle to MES

Siemens Healthcare has strengthened its Managed Equipment Services (MES) operation with two new appointments.

Tony Clayton & Nick RowanExperienced medtech sales specialist Tony Clayton has been appointed as Business Development Executive. Tony will support the MES business unit by investigating new business opportunities and supporting existing customer partnerships. He will also help hospital Trusts to integrate MES with LEAN philosophies in order to produce a faster, more efficient workflow.

Before his recent appointment to Siemens, Tony held a number of positions in the medtech industry, including Business Development and Product Specialist roles at Philips, GE and Ferranti Healthcare Information. Tony is a qualified radiographer, and has two Masters degrees in Business Administration and Marketing Practice.

“We are delighted to welcome Tony,” said Paul Milligan, Head of PFI and Major Projects at Siemens Healthcare. “His wide range of experience and qualifications will assist us considerably in supporting our growing Managed Equipment Service team.”

The Siemens Healthcare MES team has also appointed Nick Rowan as PFI Account Manager for the South of England. Nick will work with operational and sales staff to manage and expand the contracts of the London MES sites, which include Barts and The London NHS Trust, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust and Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust.

Previously, Nick held the role of National Sales Manager for Marconi Medical. He has also been CT and MR product manager in the UK for Toshiba. He has worked in sales positions for PACS specialist company StorComm, and is a qualified radiographer.

“Nick is a great addition to our team. We look forward to benefiting from his global experience and expertise,” said Paul Milligan. “He will play a key role in assisting the MES team to develop opportunities and enhance the value added at customer sites.”

SSC makes changes to Executive team

SSC has expanded its Executive division, a major success with clients and candidates since its creation in 2007.

Ben Chadwick and Amir MalikTo deal with the increased demand, Ben Chadwick has moved across from sister company IHS to join the SSC Executive team. Ben has already reached the position of Team Leader within IHS.

Marie Barlow, Recruitment Director, said: “With Ben as part of our Executive team, we are extremely confident that our clients and candidates will experience an even more comprehensive service offering.”

Amir Malik has been promoted to the position of Team Leader within the SSC Executive team. Amir has been with SSC for almost 3 years, and in the past 12 months has led the development of the SSC Executive business.

Marie commented: “I am really pleased for Amir as he has consistently shown great skill and determination, and in particular we are all very impressed with the work he has done in the last 12 months in developing the Executive arm of the business.”

Amir added: “I am really excited by what lies ahead for the SSC Executive division. The last 12 months has been fantastic and with the company investing in the division, the next 12 months should be just as exciting.”

New recruit for MVUE

Healthcare events and visual communications company MVUE Ltd has appointed Anita Patel to its growing team as Events Coordinator.

Bringing a wealth of experience and up-to-date industry knowledge to MVUE, Anita is also studying towards a degree in Events Management at Leeds University.

In her first month at MVUE, Anita has assisted in the hosting and organisation of the National Innovation Centre Stakeholders Conference, held at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre in London.

MVUE’s Business Development Director, Helen Pentelow- Boyle, said: “Anita’s ambition and attention to detail really impressed us. We always encourage and support our employees in professional development, so the recruitment of Anita is mutually beneficial: she gains vocational experience to feedback into her studies and we gain a motivated professional who contributes the latest in industry trends and thinking.”

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