Sky Medical Technology and the geko® device shortlisted for two prestigious Innovate UK awards

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Sky Medical Technology has been shortlisted in the inaugural Innovate UK Small Business Innovation Awards for its ground-breaking geko® device. The awards, run by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, recognise Britain’s most exciting cutting-edge growing companies.

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British companies, such as Sky Medical Technology, are preparing for the future with their ground breaking innovations. They are building new industries, creating new jobs, and driving productivity. These awards celebrate the best of British innovation.

Sky Medical Technology, the developer and manufacturer of the geko® device, has been shortlisted in two categories - Innovation Leading to New Markets and the Inspirational Innovation Award.

Dr Ruth McKernan, chief executive of Innovate UK said: “British companies, such as Sky Medical Technology, are preparing for the future with their ground-breaking innovations. They are building new industries, creating new jobs, and driving productivity. These awards celebrate the best of British innovation and I congratulate all the fantastic nominees.”

Biomedical Catalyst co-funded research enabled High Wycombe and Daresbury-based Sky Medical Technology to demonstrate first patient evidence in reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and attract millions of external funding.

Sky Medical’s CEO, Bernard Ross said: “We are honoured to be shortlisted in two categories for this prestigious award. Innovate UK is a great enabler of innovation. The credibility of the NICE guidance and subsequent NHS adoption of the geko® device for DVT prevention has enabled us to secure long-term relationships with distributors in a growing number of overseas markets”. http://www.gekodevices.com

Jo Johnson MP, the universities and science minister, will present the awards at a ceremony in Parliament on October 13th 2015.

About Sky Medical Technology

Sky Medical Technology is a highly innovative UK based medical devices company that has developed a ground-breaking neuromuscular electrostimulation technology platform, OnPulse®. Privately held, the company develops a range of products tailored to the needs of different medical application areas selling both direct and through strategic partnerships or distributors in each major clinical area. Clinical areas of interest include DVT Prevention, reduction of Oedema, Wound Healing, Elite Sport Recovery, and Continence. The goal in each clinical area is to improve clinical outcomes and patient care whilst saving health system resources.

About Innovate UK

Innovate UK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy - delivering productivity, new jobs and exports. Our aim at Innovate UK – the government's innovation agency – is to keep the UK globally competitive in the race for future prosperity.

For further information please visit: http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk

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