UK’s MedTech Mission to Texas Features Breast Cancer Surgical Technology

A unique ‘MedTech’ mission, organised by the UK’s Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) may result in cutting-edge British medical technologies being used by clinicians to improve patient care across Texas.


Clinical leaders at the Baylor College of Medicine, Harris Country Hospital, Biomed SA and the US Military are amongst the organisations that will welcome the British visitors to Texas next week (15th – 21st October 2016), the aim of the mission being to develop long term relationships between the UK MedTech industry and US healthcare specialists. The visit has been arranged by the UK’s medical technology industry body, the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) and the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT).

One example of a technology company that will participate in the visit is Endomag, a pioneering magnetic surgical device that eliminates exposure to radioactive materials and offers a less invasive, more flexible alternative for breast cancer surgery. It’s no coincidence that the device was the result of a collaborative co-invention by University of Houston physicist, Prof. Audrius Brazdeikis and British company, Endomag.

Physician comments

The University of Houston physicist, Prof. Brazdeikis, said: “The technology is a great example of Britain and Texas working together to improve patient care. The system is extremely innovative and can help surgeons locate breast cancer tumours before they can even be felt.

“The device received FDA approval in April this year and, with the support of this British mission, we expect it will be used by surgeons in Houston very soon.”

Speaking about the visit, Baylor College of Medicine’s Stuart Corr, Director of Technology Development, said: “Texas and the UK have a successful and collaborative history, sharing many core values and goals.”

“We believe that by building strong relationships with the United Kingdom, whose expertise and reputation in health and life sciences is world class, together we can improve patient outcomes, efficiency, and productivity across both of our health systems. These are essential elements of a successful, happy, and healthy society.”

The delegation members include:

Alesi Surgical Limited – developer of Ultravision that manages the surgical plume created by energy-based instruments during laparoscopic surgery.

Endomag – pioneer in the use of magnetism for minimally invasive surgical guidance.

Forte Medical – delivers 98.5% accurate urine specimens.

FutureNova Limited – specialises in Apple medical accessory design.

Griffiths and Nielson Ltd – the UK market leader in DVT prevention.

Lumeon Ltd – a leading digital health company.

Mediplus – an innovator in the areas of anaesthesia, urology, urodynamics, gynaecology and gastroenterology.

myrecovery – mobile application that improves patient experience and outcomes from elective orthopaedic surgery.

OBS Medical Limited – develops predictive algorithms for identifying critical instabilities in acute settings.

Owen Mumford Inc – global manufacturer with over 60 years’ expertise in the development of medical devices.

Timesco Healthcare Ltd – a manufacturer of medical devices for anaesthesia, surgery, podiatry and primary care.

The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) – the UK’s medical technology industry body.

The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) – The FCO promotes the United Kingdom’s interests overseas, supporting UK citizens and businesses around the globe.

Department for International Trade (DIT)- works with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports.


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