Firms scoop medical awards

FIRMS from South Yorkshire won three out of the five awards for excellence in developing medical products.

Sheffield Precision Medical, JRI Orthopaedics and Inditherm were all honoured at the annual regional Medilink Healthcare Business Awards at National Railway Mueseum in York. Professor Wendy Tindale, of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, received the lifetime achievement award.

Sheffield Precision Medical makes advanced and innovative surgical instruments at its Petre Street plant and won the award for being a recently established business with the most promising future. It works closely with major companies to take product from concept, through design and prototyping to batch manufacturing.

Chapeltown-based JRI Orthopaedics won the Design Futures Innovation award for its VAIOS shoulder replacement system, which is designed to use a minimum number of components and instruments to reduce damage to tendons and the need to replaced the shoulder.

Inditherm, of Wath Upon Dearne, won the UKTI Export Achievement Award in recognition of a strategy that has enabled the firm to enter new markets, with particular success in the Middle East, China and Europe.

Prof Tindale is consultant clinical scientist and scientific director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, and is working on a national programme to develop products, processes and services to help people with debilitating conditions.

She has worked in the health service in Sheffield for more than 25 years and received Medilink’s Beacon Award for her lifetime of dedication to healthcare.