2023 Med-Tech Innovation Award Winners
Congratulations to all winners and highly commended for the Med-Tech Innovation Awards!
3D Printing Award
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.
Boston Micro Fabrication - BMF, Microneedle-Duo Technology®
IMcoMET has developed a technology based on microfluidics and microneedles which allows the microenvironment of the tumour and all its components to be physically removed, in order to then be replaced with healthy tissue.
Bond3D, PEEK spinal cages
Bond3D helps medical device companies to print PEEK spinal cages. The company has made progress in maturing its technology to print high strength PEEK parts with comparable properties to components that are injection moulded or machined.
Connected Health Award
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.
CIONIC, The Cionic Neural Sleeve
Bionic clothing which combines sensing, analysis, and augmentation into a wearable garment. It was created to improve mobility for people with foot drop and leg muscle weakness brought on by multiple sclerosis, stroke, cerebral palsy, and other conditions.
Boston Scientific, Smart fiducial marker implant
A small, implantable radiation sensor used for radiotherapy location marking which helps to target treatment effectively for prostate cancer.
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.
ASPIVIX, Carevix™ suction cervical stabilizer
Carevix is a cervical stabiliser device that uses a delicate suction technology to secure the cervix, with the patient’s comfort always in mind and without compromising on performance. Carevix offers the same manoeuvrability as the traditional tenaculum but without the need to perforate the tissue.
Pd-m International Limited, Low cost gas-less laparoscopic device
Working with the University of Leeds, Maulana Azad Medical College in Delhi and medical device company XLO, PD-M International to develop a laparoscopic device for Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).
Materials Innovation Award
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?
OMNI-WAVE™: Biosignal Adhesive Tape, FLEXcon
FLEXcon’s OMNI-WAVE is a disruptive technology that will result in cost savings for medical electrode and wearable device manufacturers while providing a better experience for patients. OMNI-WAVE utilises a skin-friendly, conductive adhesive which eliminates hydrogel-related skin reactions for patients who are sensitive to hydrogel.
Medical housing with Tritan™ MXF321 & RF2001-CC-C, OGM Medical
OGM brought together global specialty materials company, Eastman, and specialist coating company, Roper Finishing Solutions, to collaborate on developing materials for the project of developing housing for an electrically powered device using the latest semi-conductor technology.
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 reduceCO2
- Resource efficiencies to reduce CO2
SageTech Medical + Hymid Multi-Shot Ltd, SID-Solutions sustainable anaesthesia
SageTech Medical have developed SID-Solutions; a circular economy solution for capturing, recovering and recycling environmentally harmful waste volatile anaesthetic gases.
Airway Medical Ltd, Net Zero Compact Airway Medical Suction Unit
Compact Airway Medical Suction Unit - CAMSU, provides a net zero, low-cost portable airway suction device; made from plant based bio-polymers, that does not require electrical power.
2022 Med-Tech Innovation Award Winners
3D Printing Award 2022
ABCD reconstructive solutions
Entrant: LUCID Implants
In order to reconstruct cranio maxillofacial 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.
Microfluidic chips for in vitro diagnostics
Entrant: Rapid Fluidics
Microfluidics are a fast-growing enabler of in vitro diagnostics. Rapid Fluidics have employed3d printing to print fully sealed complex microfluidic chips for use in industrial R&Dat a fraction of the time and cost assumed by industry today.
The SKOP Stethoscope, designed by We Med, 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.
Connected Health Award 2022
This ground breaking deviceis 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.
Poc Doc - at home personal diagnostics
Entrant: Poc Doc
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.
Design Award 2022
SENSEI® miniature gamma probe
Entrant: Lightpoint Medical
Lightpoint Medical have developed a miniaturized robotic gamma probe designed to significantly widen the field of minimally-invasiveradio-guided surgery, meeting an urgent medical need to provide real-time, intra-operative cancer detection.
The geko™ device -blood flow stimulation
Entrant: Sky Medical Technology
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.
Engineering Award 2022
INSIGHT Pro smart fitting solution for prosthesis
Entrant: Adapttech INSIGHT
Pro is a high-resolution solution for lower limb amputee socket replication and pressure distribution evaluation within the patient socket. WithCAD/CAM export & integration abilities, INSIGHT shortens the number fitting appointments and enables a more accurate fit.
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.
Materials Innovation Award 2022
BHM® Anti-Viral Nasal Spray
Entrant: Birmingham Biotech
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.
HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 medical textiles
Entrant: Meryl Medical
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.
Sustainability Award 2022
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.
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
Special RecognitionAward–Response to Covid-19
Q-POC -point of care diagnostic platform
Entrant: QuantuMDx Group
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.
LumiraDx -Point of Care testing platform
This point of care platform using 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.
2020 Med-Tech Innovation Award Winners
3d printing award 2020
Impressed the judges with their affordable, expandable, customisable 3D printed prosthetics for children aged 3 to 10.
Their M3dimaker 3D printer prints solid oral medicine enabling personalised doses of medicine to meet specific health and therapeutic requirements in a single pill.
Connected Health Award
Chosen for their pioneering work in developing an AI analysis engine which uses multi-modal patient data to perform highly accurate diagnosis and prognosis for early dementia.
The London Ambulance Service
Their NHS Trust’s online Point of Care Testing (POCT) service enables en-route pathological testing with results available online for the destination hospital.
Charco Neurotech (formerly The Moment)
Judges were impressed with the M-co - a non-invasive wearable device utilising pulsed cueing and focused vibrotactile stimulation to ease the symptoms of parkinsons.
Their virtual reality therapy platform with a computer-generated virtual coach for personalised treatment of mental health conditions has been adopted in four NHS Trusts.
Biovation Orthopaedic Solutions Ltd
Chosen for their instrument kit used to perform cartilage replacement implant surgery for big toe arthritis. The kit was re-engineered to eliminate pre-operative lead-times, reduce manufacturing costs and lead-times as well as allow for more accurate surgery.
Patient Transfer Scale is a transfer board with an in-built weighing scale to enable immobile and time critical patients to be weighed instantly to allow for administering of drug doses and treatment.
Materials Innovation Awards
Impressed the judges with their affordable, disposable, paper-based wearable device for continuous real-time breathing analysis in hospitals. The device is designed to automatically alert clinicians to early signs of patient deterioration.
Specialist digital materials have been developed to allow the Stratasys Digital Anatomy Platform to replicate human anatomy which has the same biomechanical properties as native bone and tissue for realistic anatomical models.