Winners announced at Medical Futures Innovation Awards 2011
The Medical Futures Innovation Awards, Europe’s leading showcase of earlystage innovation in healthcare, announced this year’s winners at an awards ceremony earlier this month, hosted by comedian Rory Bremner and Dynasty actress Emma Samms.
The awards recognised innovative ideas in healthcare from front line clinicians, scientists and entrepreneurs, including a new approach to treating cancer using a protein found in frog skin; a redesigned resuscitation trolley for new-born babies; a Nintendo Wii-style interactive solution for those recovering from stroke; and a novel dental syringe that reduces the pain of injections.
The award ceremony took place at Old Billingsgate in central London in front of an audience of 700 leaders in medicine, politics and business.
Medical Futures’ founder Dr Andy Goldberg OBE MD FRCS, consultant surgeon at London’s Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust and a senior academic for University College London said: “Our winners tonight were chosen by a panel of distinguished experts from thousands of entries and they deserve every success for their creativity, commercial viability, and most importantly potential impact on patients.
“Since we started 10 years ago, a Medical Futures Innovation Award has become one of the most sought after healthcare and business accolades and past winners have gone onto raise more than £100 million of investment, but the channel to investment must be made simpler,” he continued.
“The NHS is the world’s largest single source of intellectual capital and indeed ideas from doctors have transformed patients’ lives and brought significant commercial returns,” said Goldberg. “However, most of the successful innovations have taken 10 to 20 years before they benefit patients and some great British inventions such as the magnetic resonance imaging scanner and the laryngeal mask airway have leaked from the UK and are now owned and marketed by American and Japanese companies,” he continued.
“If we can connect the best healthcare ideas to the right people and money and keep the resulting companies in the UK, we can bring significant benefits to UK PLC, demonstrate the UK as a first-class place for ideas and most importantly, improve the NHS and the lives of the patients it treats.”
A Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented by Sir Trevor MacDonald to Professor Rodney Perkins, Clinical Professor of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of the California Ear Institute, for his dedication, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that has seen the development and commercialisation of numerous new medical advances and technologies. With 18 patents to his credit, Professor Perkins is the father of collagens used in facial reconstruction and cosmetic surgery. He also developed lasers used in surgery, the non-surgical hysterectomy and the world’s second biggest selling hearing aid. His business ventures have amassed a combined value in excess of $3bn and have transformed millions of patients’ lives.
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