Med-Tech Innovation Awards 2022 - Finalists
This year we have received an abundance of high-quality examples of development and innovation in medical technology. We are proud to have introduced our new category - Sustainability - which is becoming more and more at the forefront of not only designers and manufacturers, but also clinician's and patient's minds.
In addition - due to an influx of entries in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to recognise these entries in their own separate awards category, the Special Recognition Award - Response to Covid-19.
After careful consideration, we are pleased to announce the Med-Tech Innovation Award finalists 2022.
Entrants must demonstrate how innovation in design or manufacture has reduced the environmental footprint of a medical device. This could be through:
- Material innovation (reusable/recyclable etc)
- Production efficiencies to reduce CO2
- Resource efficiencies to reduce CO2
COVID-19 Sealing Tube Test
Entrant: Birmingham Biotech
BHM’s innovative new lateral flow test kit produces 75% less plastic waste than traditional lateral flow kits. By combining sampling and testing into one tube and removing the need for a cassette the BHM tests contains only 2.5g of plastic.
Fully recyclable medical fabrics
Entrant: Meryl Medical
Meryl Medical’s antimicrobial fabrics are fully recyclable innovative yarns and fabrics with zero microplastic pollution through the innovative use of hydrogen bonding to create strong molecular chains that seal all microfibres into the filaments.
Reusable PPE Eco-System
Entrant: Mackwell Health
Through the reusable PPE eco-system, being able to reliably trace and disinfect assets allows the health sector to make long term use of reusable PPE in a highly sustainable manner, with full knowledge that each piece of equipment is safe to use repeatedly.
Easimask 200R Reusable Respirator
Entrant: Design Reality
The UK-made Easimask 200R is a reusable and recyclable half-mask respirator which features two-way filtration and a clear, anti-fog, speech recognition window with CE, UKCA and AU/NZ certification, removing the need for wasteful single use two way filtering respirators.
This special award recognises the outstanding response within the medical device engineering community to the Covid-19 pandemic. Entrants should demonstrate how innovation in the design of a medical device has answered the needs of clinicians and/or patients in response to Covid-19.
Transform®, lateral flow digital platform
Purpose-built for the lateral flow industry, Transform is a complete digital platform for lateral flow data management. The platform offers an affordable data capture, analytics and visualisation option for test manufacturers, reader providers, public health providers and workplaces.
LumiraDx SARS-CoV-2 Ag Test
This point of care platform uses microfluidic immunofluorescence technology to receive lab comparable patient results within 12 minutes. The platform consists of a small, lightweight, portable instrument with advanced low-cost test strips and seamless digital connectivity.
Circle HealthPod - at home rapid testing
This re-usable at-home Covid-19 test system delivers PCR-accurate tests in lateral flow times. Developed by the University of Oxford, the highly accurate Ox-LAMP rapid detection system can test up to 10 people, with all results and history accessed via the HealthPod app.
Q-POC - point of care diagnostic platform
This multiplex diagnostic device offers PCR testing at the point of need within clinical and non-clinical settings, with results within 30 minutes. The SARS-CoV-2 assays have been uniquely designed to include three targets for COVID-19 to accurately detect all known strains and is robust against future variants.
Veros™ single-use point of care testing platform
Veros delivers Covid-19 test results in 15-minutes at a similar quality to lab-based PCR, with the flexibility of a self-contained, single use (disposable) design that requires no external power, and in an easy to use format for point of care non-laboratory trained personnel.
Entrants should demonstrate how the use of 3D printing has enhanced or fundamentally improved the design or manufacture of medical devices. This could be as a design development aid, a manufacturing jig or fixture, or the additive manufacture of end-use products.
ABCD reconstructive solutions
Entrant: LUCID Implants
In order to reconstruct craniomaxillofacial deformities caused by the Covid-induced surge of black fungus cases across India, Lucid Implants have developed custom implants and cutting guides to improved surgical accuracy, resulting in a 53% decrease in-hospital stay, a 73% decrease in OT time, and an 88% decrease in recovery cost.
The SKOP Stethoscope, designed by WeMed, is the first 3D printed cardiopulmonary auscultation medical device intended for both healthcare professionals and the general public for the purpose of inexpensive remote diagnostics.
Customized Orthopedic Lasts with AM
This intuitive shoe Last configurator uses Trinckle 3D’s Paramate automated design software and innovative BASF TPU materials to create 3D printed custom Lasts, enabling orthopedic shoemakers to reduce production time from a few weeks, to a few days compared to traditional techniques.
Microfluidic chips for in vitro diagnostics
Entrant: Rapid Fluidics
Microfluidics are a fast-growing enabler of in vitro diagnostics. Rapid Fluidics have employed 3d printing to print fully sealed complex microfluidic chips for use in industrial R&D at a fraction of the time and cost assumed by industry today.
Lattice dental implant bar
Entrant: Western University
Western University have developed the first additive manufactured lattice implant bar which supports and retains dentures. Leveraging AM’s freedom in design complexity, when compared with traditional milling workflows the design reduces the weight, material, time and cost.
Entrants should explain how they developed the design or manufacture of a cutting edge connected medical device. For example, you could have supplied miniaturised sensors, or conductive materials, or perhaps you were involved in the production or assembly of specific components. You can also be part of the development of software, digital services and applications.
This ground breaking device is a tiny wearable acoustic sensor, which in 2020 became the first medical device to obtain the CE mark for the automated diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea, and has since gained FDA clearance for home sleep apnoea testing in the USA.
Entrant: Manus Neurodynamica
The NeuroMotor Pen™ is a unique scalable digital solution for the differential diagnosis of essential tremor (ET) and Parkinson’s Disease (PD). It combines sensor technologies with software and an analytical engine with Decision Support System.
PocDoc - at home personal diagnostics
Using a combination of lateral flow technology and digital imagery processing, this innovative development allows anyone with a smartphone to give themselves a blood test for a range of major diseases and get results, a health assessment and guidance all within minutes.
SleepCogni ring trigger device
Providing sleep clinicians with an economical and efficient technological solution to diagnose and monitor insomnia and other sleep disorders, this in-home monitoring and biofeedback treatment combines both a wearable medical device and SaaS platform with AI.
Spinal fusion Implant - SmartFuse System
Entrant: Intelligent Implants
The SmartFuse system consists of a spinal fusion implant which delivers local electrical stimulation to accelerate bone growth, and an external "wearable" which wirelessly powers and communicates with the implant through a cloud-based physician portal and patient app.
Focusing on the design or redesign of a medical device, you must explain what clinical need was identified, and how this need was met through the innovative use of unique design developments.
Aidaptus Disposable Auto-injector
Entrant: Owen Mumford
The patented adaptable auto injector can work with a range of fill volumes and syringes, to provide flexibility for pharmaceutical companies during the clinical trial phase of drug development and for life cycle management when varying formulations may be required.
Babypurp - light therapy medicine
Entrant: Zentet-X ZRT
Aimed at infants up to 2 years old as a drug-free alternative to treating the common illness of childhood thrush, the Babypurp uses scientifically backed light therapy to disinfect the mouth, which inhibits the growth of certain fungi such as Candida albicans.
gaitQ - Restoring mobility in people with Parkinson's
Aimed at tackling the festination and freezing symptoms of people with Parkinson’s disease, the gaitQ device utilises the clinically validated method of Cueing which uses a stimulus to activate goal-oriented motor pathways, bypassing brain regions affected by Parkinson’s, whilst the data collected by the device aids long-term diagnostics.
HidraWear Wearable Wound Care
Developed specifically for people living with HS (Hidradenitis Suppurativa) an incurable, debilitating and long-term skin disease, HidraWear is a wearable wound care solution removing the need for the dressings to be adhesively attached to the skin while still holding the dressing in position.
REACT stab wound treatment
Designed for use by first responders to stab wound victims, the REACT system uses a rapid, inflatable tamponade device which automatically inflates on insertion into the wound, providing direct internal pressure and controlling bleeding in less than a minute.
SAFIRA®: Safer injection for RA
The SAFIRA system is the only technology that transforms regional anaesthesia into a single operator procedure giving the anaesthetist full control of injection. With a built in safety feature injection pressure is also automatically limited further reducing the risk of nerve injury and promoting patient safety.
SENSEI® miniature gamma probe
Lightpoint Medical have developed a miniaturized robotic gamma probe designed to significantly widen the field of minimally-invasive radio-guided surgery, meeting an urgent medical need to provide real-time, intra-operative cancer detection.
The geko™ device - blood flow stimulation
This daily disposable device gently stimulates the common peroneal nerve activating the calf and foot muscle pumps, resulting in increased venous arterial and microcirculatory blood flow, equal to 60 percent of walking without a patient having to move.
Focusing on the manufacture of a medical device, entrants should detail an innovation in manufacturing process or technique which improved the outcome of the product. Improvements could include greater functionality, increased lifespan, decreased time to market or lower cost.
Dual sensor for PAP devices
Entrant: Superior Sensor Technology
The CP201 is the only highly integrated dual pressure sensor solution for Positive Airway Pressure devices. Used for many applications including sleep apnoea, this solution eliminates the need for a second physical sensor in the PAP device, improving the product design, time to market, and system costs.
INSIGHT Pro smart fitting solution for prosthesis
INSIGHT Pro is a high-resolution solution for lower limb amputee socket replication and pressure distribution evaluation within the patient socket. With CAD/CAM export & integration abilities, INSIGHT shortens the number fitting appointments and enables a more accurate fit.
Q-POC - Reagent fuse
Entrant: QuantuMDx Group
A key component of the Q-POC PCR testing device is the innovative reagent storage container. The fuse and fuse holder enables the reagent lyophilisation fuses to be separately sealed and suspended within the cassette, improving shelf-life and safeguarding of the most costly component of the disposable.
Entrants should explain why a new or repurposed material has been pivotal to the creation of a medical device.
- Is your material new? How was it developed and how crucial is it in the make up of the device?
- Has your material been used elsewhere? If so, where? How have you used it differently?
BHM® Anti-Viral Nasal Spray
This easy-to-use nasal device contains Norizite(TM), a patented blend of natural ingredients to help slow or prevent viral infection. The gel-like protection coats the nasal cavity, creating a strong, protective barrier to physically trap viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2, and remove them from the body.
Bio-based Composite Wheelchair Seat
Developed using an affordable, bio-based composite material, this new wheelchair seat is lighter and more hygienic than the plywood equivalent, whist providing reliable "built-in" postural control, both of which improve the quality of life for the user.
Flexcera Smile Ultra+
This light-curable resin has been developed for the 3D printing of artificial teeth for dental prostheses. The nanoceramic Resin has a Lifelike Luster and Translucency and is one of the strongest dental resins ever to receive FDA clearance for permanent use.
HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 medical textiles
A range of medical fabrics has been developed using HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 - a combination of vesicle and silver technologies for antiviral and antibacterial effect, resulting in an antimicrobial fabric which is highly-effective at preventing the spread of viruses.
MicroGuard™ Anti-Fog Hard Coating
This unique optically clear, anti-fog, anti-microbial coating for plastics provides both abrasion and chemical resistance, and is independently proven to be 99.99% effective against bacteria and viruses - perfect for use in medical plastics such as PPE.