“And The Winner Is…The Patient”: Medtec Europe Innovation Awards

As advertised last week on our pages, Medtec Europe is currently occurring in Stuttgart Germany. Last night saw the awards ceremony at which the winners of this year’s prizes for innovation were announced.

Organised by UBM Canon, the MEDTEC EMDT Innovation Awards seek to recognise the contributions made by the medical device industry in Europe. The programme is open to worldwide companies that have a European base and individuals and teams involved in the design, engineering, manufacture or distribution of finished medical devices or medical packaging.

The full announcement can be found here, but for a quick look-see, here they are:

Dental Instrument or Equipment: DRFP for Propoint, an obturation point designed to be used with a sealer and smart paste to form a seal system for use in dental root canal therapy.

Critical Care and Emergency Medicine: BeneChill for the RhinoChill Intranasal Cooling System. The device is designed to enable minimally trained healthcare workers to provide noninvasive brain cooling therapy in emergency settings.



Most Innovative Cardiac Product of the Year: Abbott for the MitraClip System, which offers, for the first time, a nonsurgical option for the treatment of mitral regurgitation.



Best Medical Device Startup: Telcare for the development of a cellular-enabled blood glucose meter.

Medical Device Industry Design Team: The Epionics team at Erdmann Design. The device presents a novel approach to the assessment of functional lumbar disorders and analysis of pain-driven changes in the movement behaviour of patients.

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry: Nanofocus. The company’s µsurf technology enables highly precise nanoscale surface measurement of dental implants.

To see what the winners were up against, the finalist are listed here.

What’s interesting to see is the theme running through many of the winners, which is that the technologies on offer mostly have an economic as much as patient well-being component. Whether it’s Telcare’s iphone-enabled glucose monitor (the type of technology for which we bang the drum on a frequent basis) or even Abbott’s Mitraclip, the language used in the descriptions invariably has a health economic component. Devices by and large do one of a few things. Some reduce duration of hospital stay, some reduce the need or frequency of clinic visits or they take delivery of treatment to the front line as in the case of Propoint which can be used by the general dental practitioner rather than the specialist dentist.

Congratulations to all worthy winners and especially to UBM Canon for organising a great initiative.

Source: Medtec Europe