Orthopaedic leader shortlisted for collaboration with university

Howard Widdall: Partnership
Howard Widdall: Partnership
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Orthopaedic implant and surgical instrument manufacturer JRI has been shortlisted for a ‘Best of the Best’ Award in a national programme to find the UK’s best Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

The partnership, between the Sheffield firm and Newcastle University, led to the development of the innovative VAIOS replacement shoulder joint and special instruments that allow the implant to be quickly and correctly positioned.

JRI’s sales and marketing director Howard Widdall said: “We have been manufacturing hip implants for four decades but this partnership has allowed us to diversify our product portfolio.

“The KTP has been a success and most importantly the VIAOS shoulder is helping patients worldwide – providing the opportunity for us to widen our export reach into South America, Australia and the USA.”

JRI’s VAIOS shoulder system has previously been named Best New Mechanical Product at the British Engineering Excellence Awards and received the Design Futures Innovation Award at last year’s Medilink Healthcare Business Awards.

JRI partnered with Newcastle University’s Centre for Rehabilitation and Engineering Studies and associate Ian Flatters to develop the shoulder joint replacement prosthesis, using research and knowledge patented by the university.