Showcasing UK innovation in assistive medical technologies

Posted on 3 Sep 2012 by The Manufacturer

From computer controlled artificial limbs to non-invasive blood pressure management, the UK has internationally competitive capabilities to support growth in the life sciences industry shows UKTI event.

Continuing a series of 18 events being hosted at the British Embassy throughout the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, UKTI will today showcase British capabilities in assistive medical technolgies.

Speakers from UK manufacturing companies at today’s event will include Mike Spindle, managing director of Trekinetic All Terrain, Professor Saeed Zahedi, technical director at Chas. A. Blatchford & Sons and Ian Stevens, CEO of Touch Bionics.

Assisting the Blatchford presentation on advances in prosthetics will be Stuart Hughes, BBC reporter and amputee who modelled Blatchford’s new sprinting prosthetic during the Olympic torch marathon.

Anticipating a day of opportunity for UK businesses in the assistive medical technologies space Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: “The UK’s strong commitment to research and development, low taxes for business and world class higher education have nurtured one of the world’s largest and most productive life science industries. British assistive medical technology firms exemplify how innovation and technology can be harnessed to boost prosperity and change lives – and today’s event is a great opportunity to promote their extraordinary potential to an international audience.”

UKTI’s series of international business summits have been times to coincide with the London 2012 Olympiad, leveraging the unprecedented level of international attention trained on the UK during this period for economic benefit.

During the Olympics the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Chancellor, Business Secretary and 35 other ministers have welcomed around 3,000 business leaders and global figures, including over half of the FTSE 100 companies and hundreds of international buyers, investors and policy makers, to Lancaster House.