Two Nottingham Businesses Win Medilink Awards

17 June 2014

Two Nottingham businesses, have won awards at the Medilink East Midlands Awards ceremony. Advancis Medical won in the Export category, sponsored by UKTI, and Snowden Healthcare won in the Innovation category, sponsored by Potter Clarkson. Both businesses were presented with their accolades by BBC presenter Vivienne Parry, OBE, at the Medilink Awards ceremony on 11 June.

The awards are designed to celebrate the outstanding achievements of businesses operating in the healthcare sector in the East Midlands, and recognise excellence in five categories including; Start-Up, Innovation, Collaboration with the NHS, Export Achievement and Outstanding Achievement.

Advancis Medical specialises in wound management, traditionally a market largely dominated by large multinational companies. However, by designing and manufacturing innovative dressings, including Manuka honey medical grade products, Advancis Medical has been able to make significant in-roads into the global market particularly the US and Germany.

Ross Huntley, Advancis Medical, commented:

"Export is a fundamental part of our business, and it is with pride that we are able take our British expertise and products overseas. We are delighted to win in this category, as it will serve to support our international trade. We would also like to congratulate the other finalists in our category on their achievements, and thank our whole team for their on-going efforts."

Ian Harrison, East Midlands Regional Director for UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the government body responsible for boosting exports, said:

"Congratulations to Advancis Medical for winning this award. The company and the finalists demonstrate that exporting is not only possible, but also vital to growth.

"UKTI is delighted to have joined with Medilink to help to continue to raise the profile of scientific discovery and innovation in the East Midlands, alongside offering our support to boost economic growth in this sector. We hope these awards and the success of Advancis will help encourage other firms to consider the potential that exporting can offer: Independent evidence confirms that companies that export are proven to be more innovative and achieve faster growth than those who don't."

Snowden Healthcare, winners of the Innovation Category develop innovative pain relief solutions for use within the home, and has designed a new system known as Cryotherm Pro. The new pain relief system uses hot and cold therapy simultaneously, with the effect of confusing nerve endings, which ultimately prevent them from sending pain signals to the brain. The device is lightweight, cordless, easy-to-use and effective for acute and chronic pain.

Brendan McElroy, Marketing and NPD Director, Snowden Healthcare commented:

"Our whole team is absolutely thrilled to receive this award as innovation is the very core of our business. Healthcare is a very dynamic industry and in order to stay at the fore we need to consistently deliver new and innovative products and services to meet the ever changing needs of our customers."

Helen Johnstone, Partner, Patent Attorney, Potter Clarkson commented

"We would like to extend our congratulations to Snowden Healthcare. Innovation is very much at the centre of our own business and we have been genuinely impressed by the high calibre of finalists in the Innovation category. Innovation is vital to the development and growth of the healthcare and Life Science industry, we hope this accolade gives Snowden a further boost and encourages the team to continue with their excellent work."

Other award winners included: CYP Design Ltd in the Start Up category, the B&V Group in the Collaboration with the NHS category and ILS in the Outstanding Achievement category. The Renfrew Group was given a special award for excellence in design.


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