The winners of the Medilink UK Healthcare Business Awards were announced at a ceremony following the first day of the Med-Tech Innovation Expo, the UK and Ireland’s showcase for medical device design and manufacturing technology. The awards ceremony saw 14 winners in total and recognised 24 highly commended projects and organisations.

Kevin Kiely, executive chairman, Medilink North of England said: “The Medilink UK Awards have once again been a roaring success, and I offer my congratulations to all of the award winners, highly commended and finalists. It’s been great to see so many people from across the country coming together again to celebrate the exceptional achievements and contributions to the life sciences sector."

"As a national industry support organisation, Medilink UK is pleased to work with our companies, adding value by helping them, and the life science sector as a whole, to grow, both nationally and internationally. We are proud to be contributing to their success, and I am confident that each of the companies who are here tonight will go on to do amazing things.”

Spirit Health won the Advances in Digital Healthcare Award with its digital health platform, CliniTouch Vie; the Delivering Innovation into Health and Care Award went to TUTUM Medica, an engineering company providing test capability on manufactured products to large corporate companies; the Export Achievement Award was won by POWERbreathe International for its muscle training device POWERbreathe, which has been scientifically proven to strengthen breathing muscles and has been likened to a ‘set of dumbbells for your lungs’.

EarSwitch Ltd, meanwhile, won the Innovation Award with its range of assistive devices, including prosthetic arms for people with amputation and arm exoskeletons for people with paralysis or stroke. The Outstanding Achievement Award was won by Paxman Coolers, a company that manufacture and supply the Paxman Scalp Cooling System (PSCS) that is used to minimise the common side effect of chemotherapy-induced alopecia (CIA).

The awards followed the national healthcare technologies conference, Med-Tech Innovation Expo, which featured leading innovators delivering talks on current issues and relevant topics affecting the sector.

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