Barnsley targets medical start-ups

(from left) Tim Milburn, Chief Executive of BBIC, Martin Wickham, Consultant ENT Surgeon at Barnsley Hospital, Matthew Tulley, Managing Director of Single Use Surgical , at the new clean room facility at Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre. Picture: Enterprising Barnsley

(from left) Tim Milburn, Chief Executive of BBIC, Martin Wickham, Consultant ENT Surgeon at Barnsley Hospital, Matthew Tulley, Managing Director of Single Use Surgical , at the new clean room facility at Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre. Picture: Enterprising Barnsley

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Barnsley is bidding to attract budding health technology businesses by developing what it claims will be the first shared clean room facility in South Yorkshire.

The initiative is the brainchild of Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) and local instrument manufacturer Single Use Surgical (SUS).

BBIC is no stranger to developing shared facilities to attract digital and technology-based businesses.

Other shared facilities include an electronics development centre, an e-business centre and a post-production editing suite. However, BBIC believes this will be the first shared clean room in South Yorkshire.

Centre chief executive Tim Milburn said: “The clean room is the latest project. SUS’s involvement is essential.

“The company has both the expertise and the quality accreditations to facilitate the Class 8 certification of the clean room. We hope that, as well as benefiting SUS, it will also serve as a magnet to attract new businesses to Barnsley.”

SUS makes disposable surgical instruments that are used in hospitals around the world and managing director Matthew Tulley says the clean room will be a major boost to product development as previously staff had to travel to use a supplier’s clean room.

“We use clean rooms to create and refine our prototypes, often working closely with local surgeons, and that process will now be significantly faster,” added Mr Tulley, whose company sells more than 150 different single-use surgical instruments, designed to replace equipment that is difficult to clean.

Start-up and small companies which make medical, dental, and optical devices, and electronic products will also be able to book time in the clean room.

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