The geko® and firefly® devices win prestigious Japan Good Design Award 2015

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Sky Medical Technology Ltd is proud to announce that the geko® and firefly® devices have won the prestigious Japan Good Design Award. The awards, run by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP), recognise design quality, excellence and functionality.

Good Design Award G Mark

I am delighted that the devices will carry the ‘G Mark’ symbol, which is internationally recognised as a mark of high quality and functional design

The geko® and firefly® devices, powered by Sky’s ground-breaking neuromuscular electrostimulation technology platform, OnPulse® have won in two categories – Medical equipment with the geko® device, and Sport equipment with the firefly® device.

The size of a wrist-watch and worn at the knee, both devices stimulate the common peroneal nerve activating the calf and foot muscle pumps to increase venous, arterial and microcirculatory blood flow in the lower limbs. The geko® device provides venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention to all at risk hospital patients, and by the same mechanism of action, the firefly® device reduces swelling after sports injury and reduces muscle soreness following high intensity exercise.

Sky Medical CEO, Bernard Ross, said: “I am delighted that the devices will carry the ‘G Mark’ symbol, which is internationally recognised as a mark of high quality and functional design. We are honoured to have won in two categories. With these prestigious awards, the geko® and firefly® devices will now share in the wide recognition enjoyed by British design around the world, and it is to Acumen Design Associates, our world-class design company, that I extend my gratitude and thanks for their design excellence.”

Acumen CEO, Ian DryBurgh, said: “Good design puts people first and goes beyond simple ergonomics. It’s about creating products that look and feel right, particularly if they are to be used every day - the geko® and the firefly® devices share this language and I am delighted they have individually won the Good Design Award. At Acumen we share the G Mark philosophy in our drive to create high quality functional design that enriches society”.

Previous competition winners have been GE Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson in the medical equipment category and Nike and Adidas in the sports equipment category.

The geko® and firefly® devices will be on display at the Good Design Exhibition 2015 (G Exhibition) at Tokyo Midtown from October 30th- 4th November.

About Sky Medical Technology
Sky Medical Technology Ltd 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.

The geko™ device has secured National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance recommending its use to the NHS for DVT prevention, which has led to US FDA clearance for USA market entry.

About Acumen Design Associates
Founded in 1981, and based in London, Acumen is a multi-award winning product and transport design consultancy committed to delivering brand focused commercial success for their clients through innovative, insightful design. During their 30 year history the consultancy has created market leadership for many global blue-chip companies, designing disruptive products in sectors as diverse as aviation, marine, rail, life science, FMCG, and consumer product design.

About Japan Good Design Awards
The Good Design Selection System (or G Mark System) was founded in 1957 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan. Submissions come from a wide range of fields, and approx. 1,200 designs are recognized each year. Recipients of a Good Design Award are granted use of the G Mark symbol, which has been an emblem of good design for over half a century.

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Sky Medical Technology Limited
Hawk House
Peregrine Business Park
Gomm Road
High Wycombe
HP13 7DL
United Kingdom

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Sue Davenport
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