Tenant Innovate Orthopaedics has won the ‘Partnership with Academia’ award at the Medilink Yorkshire & Humber Healthcare Business Awards, in recognition of its academic partnerships that led to the launch of its first product.
Set up by Alex Gutteridge and Hannah Longbottom in 2015, Innovate Orthopaedics is an independent medical device company that challenges the current market status quo. The company partners directly with world-leading surgeons to design and manufacture products to address current issues in orthopaedic sports surgery.
Through partnership with academic establishments such as the Medical AMRC at Sheffield University and Imperial College, the business successfully launch its first product, a patented, CE-marked screw specifically designed for use in reconstructing ligaments in the knee. The screw is currently supplied to a growing number of private and NHS hospitals throughout the UK.
Alex is also currently in discussions with the 3M BIC’s in-house design team to develop some metal prototype devices, as well as linking up with the University of Huddersfield regarding internship or knowledge transfer partnership opportunities.
Alex said: “Working in collaboration with academia is crucial when bringing a product to market. It is an area that can be undervalued by industry so we are really pleased it has been recognised in a specific award. We see it as part of being a responsible business. It is also a privilege and something we enjoy doing.
“Winning this award helps to endorse what we set out to achieve, which is to work openly and honestly with all our partners which includes academics, clinicians, industry and our customers.”
Other nominees in the Partnership with Academia Award included The Sheffield College and HMA.