Awards for West Midlands medtech companies
9 February 2010
International demand for infection control solutions and
cost-effective manufacturing tools has helped five groundbreaking
businesses from the UK West Midlands win awards in the Medical and
Healthcare Business Awards 2010, organised by MedilinkWM.
Shining the spotlight on the success of companies within the West
Midlands Medical Technologies Cluster, supported by Advantage West
Midlands, the five chosen firms will represent the region on the
national stage at the Medilink UK Awards in March.
Newtech Ortho, which launched in February 2009, took the top prize
for Best New Start-Up. In its first year of trading, the firm is already
supplying more than 170 NHS and privately owned hospitals in the UK with
cost-effective, quality implant systems.
MediFilm UK, which has been working with Derby Hospital NHS
Foundation Trust to develop an antimicrobial worktop guide to the
Aseptic Non Touch Technique (ANTT) used by clinical staff, scooped the
Award for Partnership with the NHS.
The Award for Innovation goes to ITCM, for its new high-speed
enveloping machine, which is revolutionising the packaging of
pharmaceutical strip-based products and other similar medical products.
The innovative solution reduces the cost, time, noise and environmental
impact of the packaging process, whilst delivering flexibility in
product count with rapid changeover between products.
As proof that the medical and healthcare sector is bucking the
recessionary trend, Dermal Technology Laboratory Ltd has scooped the
award for Outstanding Growth. Still just two years old, the company’s
turnover has increased four-fold, while staff numbers have increased by
50 per cent in the last year, as it works with global pharmaceutical,
cosmetic and chemical companies that require a non-animal method for
measuring dermal absorption.
Kimal PLC, which specialises in products for diagnostic and
interventional cardiology, radiology, renal disease and oncology, took
the gold for Export Achievement, after increasing export sales by more
than 25 per cent, achieving outstanding success and gaining
certifications in China, Brazil, Venezuela, Columbia, Hong Kong, Canada
MedilinkWM’s CEO, Tony Davis, said: "West Midlands companies have
seen the real commercial benefits of trading within the Medical
Technologies market in the last year, which has nurtured innovation, new
product development, international sales growth and thriving start-ups.
These awards are dedicated to businesses that have achieved exceptional
research, innovation, business success, entrepreneurial flair and growth
in the sector and the bar has been raised yet again, so it’s an amazing
achievement to win."