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Medilink UK National Health Technology Awards

The UK’s most innovative and enterprising healthcare companies were recognised at the Medilink UK National Health Technology Awards, held at MedTec 2008 in Birmingham on 13 February 2008.

MedTec (formerly MDT) is an annual congress and exhibition for medical technology design and manufacturing companies. It brings together suppliers of cutting-edge medical device components, product designs and regulatory advice with networking organisations and potential clients in the medtech industry.

The National Health Technology Awards event, held at the NEC, saw a panel of judges from every region of the UK select the best of the Regional Medilink Award Winners in five categories: Innovation, Growth in Sector, Business Start-Up, Export Achievement and Partnership with the NHS.

Winning ways

The Health Technologies KTN ‘Innovation’ Award was won by medical lighting specialists Brandon Medical Company Ltd for Symposia, the world’s first fully integrated medical televideo system for healthcare. The Yorkshire company has created an IP-based, open-ended platform that allows complete integration of any medical video source, providing full collaborative working between clinicians across any distance.

ImmunoDiagnostic Systems (IDS) Ltd, a manufacturer of specialist manual diagnostic kits for bone diseases, won the Jonathan Lee Recruitment ‘Growth in Sector’ Award. IDS, based in Tyne & Wear, achieved a turnover growth of 49.6% in 2006 and 22.3% in 2007 driven by the establishment of new subsidiaries in key global markets, seeing the business rise to an annual turnover of around £7.13m.

The Clinical Services Journal ‘Start-up’ Award went to Sleepworks Products Ltd, which produces ‘Snorkil’: an over-thecounter anti-snoring device. In its first year of trading, Sleepworks (based in Wales) has had strong sales in the UK as well as opening up new markets in Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Thailand.

The winner of the UKTI ‘Export Achievement’ Award was Hart Biologicals Ltd, which has developed new markets in Germany, the USA and Spain, increasing its turnover by 47%. The County Durham-based manufacturer of clinical diagnostic products has succeeded in two of the world’s most demanding export markets: the USA and Germany.

The NHS National Innovation Centre ‘Partnership with the NHS’ Award was won by Peacocks Medical Group Ltd for its work with the Diabetic Clinic in Newcastle over the past eight years. This partnership has seen the company’s pressure-relieving diabetic footwear reduce the number of amputations by 45%.

Talking technology

Graeme Hall, Managing Director of Brandon Medical, said: “It is fantastic to have our achievements in innovation recognised not only at a regional level, but also in a national competition such as the Medilink UK awards.”

Malcolm Pattinson of Hart Biological praised the role of industry networking organisations: “We were very pleased to win the regional award through the CELS Healthcare Network, and then to be a national winner is overwhelming. The Medilink UK network is important to be part of, as it brings together the healthcare community and allows you to meet and partner with other companies through networking.”

Colin Peacock of Peacock Medical drew particular attention to the role of the Centre of Excellence for Life Sciences (CELS): “We’re absolutely delighted to receive this recognition, which can only work to develop our company further. CELS have been extremely supportive – for example, in helping us to export. Without CELS we wouldn’t have been able to take such a large step.”

The Chairman of Medilink UK, Kevin Kiely, summed up this key event for the medtech sector: “These awards exemplify the level of excellence achieved by the UK’s health technology companies and the contribution they make, not only to the regional and national economy, but also in enhancing the quality of patient care.”



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