Medilink UK Awards recognise the best in UK healthcare
The finest of the UK's Life Sciences and Healthcare Technology sector have been honoured at the 2013 Medilink UK Healthcare Business Awards.
The Medilink UK Awards, this year held at the NHS Healthcare Innovation Expo, at the ExCel Centre, London, is an annual event that celebrates cutting edge technologies, outstanding business achievements and international successes across the UK's Life Sciences sector.
Winners from five categories – Start-up, Innovation, Partnership with the NHS, Export Achievement and Outstanding Achievement - were honoured at the prestigious event.
Hosted by celebrated international broadcast journalist Edie Lush, guests recognised the achievements of the award winners and networked with some of the leading professionals from the Life Sciences sector, UK government, research institutes and overseas organisations.
Tony Davis, Medilink UK's Chairman, said: "Set against the backdrop of innovation and wealth creation, driven by the Department of Health's (DH) Innovation, Health and Wealth strategy, NHS Expo was a great opportunity to celebrate the excellence of the UK's Life Sciences sector through the Medilink UK Awards.
"I would like to extend a massive congratulations to all of our winners. Their success is further proof that our sector is in excellent health and gives us great encouragement for the years ahead."
The nominees for the awards were derived from the regional awards which were selected by Medilink's network across the UK.
Winner of the Start-up Award, supported by NSF-DBA Medical Devices, was East Yorkshire-based Savantini Ltd, for its research, design and retailing of products to help men and women improve pelvic floor problems, bladder-weakness and other health related issues.
Edinburgh-based DySIS Medical Ltd won this year's Innovation Award, supported by the HealthTech and Medicines KTN. DySIS Medical won the award for its development of ground-breaking technology for the evaluation of epithelial based cancers using dynamic spectral imaging.
The Export Achievement Award, supported by The Engine Room, was awarded to Llanelli-based Chromogenex Technologies Ltd. The company secured the award for its outstanding record in selling its range of laser and light-based products for the medical and cosmetic market to more than 50 countries worldwide.
The Partnership with the NHS Award, supported by Array Media, was awarded to Truro-based myClinicalOutcomes. The web-based clinical data collection and reporting platform, developed by clinicians, allows patients with orthopaedic conditions to monitor their progress remotely and long-term using clinically validated assessments.
Deltex Medical, based in Chichester, won this year's coveted Medilink UK Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by Eversheds. Deltex Medical designs, manufactures and markets its CardioQ-ODM Oesophageal Doppler Monitor, a device that provides a solution to fluid management in surgery and intensive care.
Recommended by NICE in 2011 for use in over 800,000 NHS operations, it was cited within DH's Innovation, Health and Wealth as one of the six high impact innovations to be adopted by the NHS in 2013/14.
This year the awards were supported by the NIHR Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative, the organisation that drives forward innovative new products, processes and services to help people with debilitating conditions preserve their dignity and independence.
D4D Renal Theme awarded NIHR Research Fellowship
D4D's Renal Theme has been awarded a Doctoral Research Fellowship to develop work on Body Composition Monitor (BCM) in haemodialysis patients.
Major funding boost to help patients remain independent
Devices for Dignity (D4D), the organisation which works to improve the quality of life for patients with long term conditions has been awarded further funding.
Profile of D4D continues to rise
The profile of Devices for Dignity will receive a significant boost over the coming months with its role at a number of key healthcare related events around the UK.
Professor Wendy Tindale, D4D's Clinical Director, will speak at an event in January 2013, having already played the role of compere at the Medilink Yorkshire & Humber Healthcare Business Awards in November (see picture).
D4D expands its expert panel
Devices For Dignity has strengthened its panel of experts with the additions of two vastly experienced clinicians.
Virtual clinic to benefit LUTS sufferers
The world's first virtual assessment clinic in the field of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) has been launched.
ELAROS 24/7 is an innovative new way of carrying out initial assessment as well as the long term management and monitoring of patients with LUTS.
D4D awards funding to develop ideas
THREE innovative projects in the field of continence management have been awarded a total of £35,000 to help accelerate the development of their devices.
Devices for Dignity (D4D), the organisation which delivers technology solutions to support people with long-term conditions preserving their dignity and independence, identified continence management as the theme of this year's Proof of Concept Competition.
The three challenge themes set were:
- Tackling continence for people with dementia
- Helping children and/or young adults with continence problems
- Self-help tools for prevention or management of urinary incontinence
Tackling ageing continence through theory, tools and technology
The Bristol Urological Institute (BUI) BioMed has been part of a consortium working together on a £1.2 million project to find ways of reducing the impact of continence difficulties for older people.
This interdisciplinary project, entitled 'Tackling Ageing Continence through Theory, Tools and Technology' (TACT3), was led by the Brunel Institute for Bioengineering (BIBS) and funded by a Research Council New Dynamics of Ageing programme grant. The project started in November 2008 and has recently been completed.