Interns to run new med-tech company

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Five student entrepreneurs are aiming to make a breakthrough in medical technology after winning places on an innovative internship programme.

They beat more than 400 students from around the country to spend a year in industry at the newly established Medical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, part of Sheffield University.

It combines cutting-edge manufacturing technologies with world-class research and development and access to clinical expertise to help companies develop new medical devices and manufacturing processes.

It has also launched a medical products company, dubbed Next Generation Medical, which the interns will run for one year.

Derek Boaler, who heads the Medical AMRC and Design and Prototyping Groups, said: “We want to promote an entrepreneurial spirit among students, so we have created Next Generation Medical with backing from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the European Regional Development Fund.

“We want them to use their own ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit to come up with something saleable.

“Hopefully, having spent a year running their own company will make them more employable when they leave university at the end of their courses.”

The interns are studying a mix of engineering and business subjects and one – 20-year-old forensic accounting student Aqsa Ahmed, from Rotherham – already runs her own business.

They will act as Next Generation Medical’s directors, developing ideas for innovative products aimed at areas of need in the healthcare market, such as promoting cleanliness, improving accessibility and tackling rising costs.