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Two Leicestershire companies take home awards at Medilink East Midlands Innovation Day

Two Leicestershire businesses have been selected as winners at the prestigious Medilink East Midlands Business awards 2017; OCB Media, based in Leicester and Nemaura Pharma, based in Loughborough.

OCB Media is a spinout company from the University of Leicester Medical School, incorporated in 2002. The company focuses on the development of digital healthcare learning interventions and online tools to improve healthcare education and patient outcome. OCB Media’s SCRIPT programme developed in partnership with NHS Health Education England and the University of Birmingham provides a complete prescribing training resource and is currently used by 15,000 foundation trainees in England. SCRIPT is now recognised as a gold standard for training within the NHS, and has significantly reduced NHS training costs. In acknowledgment of this achievement, OCB Media has been awarded the Medilink East Midlands Collaboration with the NHS award.

Dr Nicholas Blackwell, CEO and Owner of OCB, commented;

“We’re delighted with how well the SCRIPT programme has been received by the NHS, and through reducing medication errors, we have significantly improved patient safety. It’s great that this has been recognised by Medilink East Midlands, who have been instrumental in assisting the company’s development.”

The Collaboration with the NHS award was sponsored by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network.

Professor Mike Hannay, Managing Director, commented;

“We are delighted that OCB Media have won the Collaboration with the NHS award, which we are proud to have sponsored for the fifth year running. Digital technology is becoming a vital and integral part of the NHS system.  Tools like this, which assist healthcare practitioners in education provision will help to improve patient outcomes; OCB’s e-learning programme is already having a huge impact on health education which means better experiences for patients.  We wish them continued success and hope to see more collaborations like this between businesses and the NHS.”

Also to pick up an award was Nemaura Pharma, a biotechnology company specialising in innovative drug delivery systems. Its patented Micro-Patch™ product provides a highly consistent and effective method for delivering drugs such as vaccines using a low cost disposable device.  Frost & Sullivan, the global growth strategy analysts, recently identified Nemaura’s drug delivery technologies as having the potential to revolutionise the way drugs are delivered in the healthcare system.

In recognition of their unique transdermal drug delivery technologies Nemaura Pharma was presented with the Medilink East Midlands Innovation award

Dr Faz Chowdhury, Director, commented;

“We have been a member and a part of the Medilink East Midlands network for several years, and it’s an honour to have been selected as winners for the Innovation Award. We are excited for the future as we look to expand the range of vaccines and Biologics the Micro-Patch™ can deliver.”

The Innovation Award was sponsored by Potter Clarkson LLP.

Gareth Probert, Partner, commented;

“We offer our congratulations to Nemaura Pharma who amid much competition are very deserving winners of the Innovation Award. Innovation is essential for the growth and development of Life Sciences not only in the East Midlands, but globally and something we as a company champion.”

The Medilink East Midlands awards were held as part of the annual Innovation Day on Thursday 15thJune at The DoubleTree by Hilton, Nottingham and companies were presented with awards in five categories: Start-up, Export Achievement, Collaboration with the NHS, Innovation and Outstanding Achievement.

Innovation Day, now in its 13th year, is the premier East Midlands event for the Life Sciences industry, and 2017 was another huge success, with over 200 delegates in attendance. Speakers included Vivienne Parry OBE who hosted the day, Sir John Peace, Chairman of The Midlands Engine, John Jeans, MedTech Champion for Office for Life Sciences and Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Member of Parliament for Loughborough.

OCB Media and Nemaura Pharma will both be automatically shortlisted for the Medilink UK National Awards, which will take place in April 2018.

Dr Darren Clark, Chief Executive of Medilink East Midlands commented;

“It’s great to see Leicestershire being strongly represented in the awards and we offer our congratulations to OCB Media and Nemaura Pharma. Both companies have demonstrated a high level of industry expertise and should be very proud of their accomplishments.”

For further information please visit www.medilinkem.com/events/innovation-day-2017

For photography requests or to contact the winners please email info@medilinkem.com

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