Awards tonic for local businesses

Winning ways: Inditherm chief executive Nick Bettles in an operating theatre with one of the firm's mattresses.
Winning ways: Inditherm chief executive Nick Bettles in an operating theatre with one of the firm's mattresses.
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Firms from South Yorkshire have scooped three out of the five awards for excellence in developing medical products, presented at the annual Medilink Healthcare Business Awards.

Sheffield Precision Medical, JRI Orthopaedics and Inditherm all won awards, while Professor Wendy Tindale, from 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 the recently established business with the most promising future.

The firm 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.

The system is designed to use a minimum number of components and instruments, minimises damage to tendons and reduces the need for the shoulder to be replaced again after a number of years.

Inditherm won the UKTI Export Achievement Award, after launching a new international strategy that has enabled the firm to enter new markets, with particular success in the Middle East, China and Europe.

Wath Upon Dearne-based Inditherm is the company behind an innovative carbon polymer that warms up when a low voltage is applied across it.

Mattresses made from the polymer have been developed to keep hospital patients warm in operating theatres, recovery rooms, Accident and Emergency departments, delivery suites, premature baby and intensive care units.

Earlier this year, NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, recommended hospitals use Inditherm’s mattresses to prevent inadvertent hypothermia during surgery.

Professor Wendy Tindale is Consultant Clinical Scientist and Scientific Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Director of Devices for Dignity – a national Department of Health programme set up to encourage the development of innovative new products, processes and services to help people with debilitating conditions.

She is based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, 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 and record of accomplishments.

Fledgling businesses are being offered an chance to bolster their prospects of success with a package of free advertising and mentoring, available through the Local Business Accelerators initiative, which is being backed by The Star.

If you run such a business, or know anyone who does, and want the chance to receive invaluable business support and free advertising in The Star, visit www.accelerateme. for more information on the scheme and how to enter. Entries close November 14.