North West companies triumph at leading healthcare event
Two companies from the North West have been honoured at the 2015 Medilink UK Awards.
Former Winter Paralympian and World Cup Skier Sean Rose compered this year’s Medilink UK Awards, which returned to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena for the Med-Tech Innovation Expo on 29 April. It was another opportunity to celebrate the past year’s cutting edge technologies, outstanding business achievements and international success across the UK’s Life Sciences sector.
The Devices for Dignity (D4D) Partnership with the NHS Award went to Lancaster-based Veraz Limited. Their flagship product, the VeraMedico System, has led to a 200% improvement in hand hygiene in the NHS, which is one of the main ways to reduce the spread of infection. Staff using the system have a LED light on their badges which shows their current hygiene status.
Bootle-based Mast Group Limited won this year’s coveted BioHub Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Award. The company is a market leader in manufacturing and supplying diagnostic products which are mostly used for the detection and diagnosis of infectious diseases. Their Mast Uri system has halved the time it takes to tell if a patient has a urinary tract infection, and can also tell the clinician the name of bacteria causing the infection and which antibiotics will be effective against it.
Paul Cryer, CEO at Veraz Ltd, said: “We are really pleased to win the Partnership with the NHS Award. We are particularly thankful to our funders the SBRI because no matter how much talent we have in the organisation and how much enthusiasm we have for our product, without the funding we would never be here and we couldn’t do it.”
Howard Rose, Managing Director at Mast Group, said: “We feel very proud to win the Outstanding Achievement Award because we are not a massive company and we have developed the Mast Uri system ourselves. The demand has been so great that we will shortly be building a new factory.”
Medilink UK is one of Great Britain’s largest healthcare technologies representative bodies, with a strong track record in increasing the viability of manufacturers, service providers, designers, OEMs and suppliers of medical technology.
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