An innovative Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Kimal Plc and Aston University has won the Innovation Award at the 2011 Medilink West Midlands Healthcare Business Awards. The awards, hosted by industry support specialists, Medilink West Midlands, are an opportunity to celebrate the commercial triumphs of the very best firms in the region.
In addition to winning the Innovation Award, the project was also highly commended in the Partnership with NHS/Academia category. The winners of the regional Awards move forward into the national Awards which will be held in the New Year.
The 2 year KTP project aims to identify appropriate mechanisms and business models for engaging with NHS organisations for the provision of ‘in-home’ care for renal dialysis patients. This will be supported by an economic model and the development of an ‘opinion leader network’ to enable Health Managers make informed decisions. The business opportunity for Kimal is a response to Government targets to increase in-home dialysis from 2.25% to 15% by 2015.
Mark Jenner, Commercial and Supply Manager with Kimal said of the win, ‘This is great recognition of how important it is to collaborate with the right organisations and institutions to help adopt new technology and innovations. By working with Aston University and the NHS we have been able to begin to create a common understanding of the total cost of providing renal dialysis therapy in various situations allowing the customer to make the best choice for the patient and the NHS. ’
Nearly 200 people in the health technology market attended the awards at the fifth annual MedTech Confer, one of the biggest industry events in the UK. Renowned broadcaster and presenter Vivienne Parry, who compered the event, congratulated the achievements of the region's businesses: “The shortlisted and award-winning companies in this list have made significant achievements in the face of the worst recession in living memory, set against scandals in the financial and political worlds. They steered a course through all that and their achievements are all the more impressive for it.”
The collaboration between Aston University and Kimal is part of the EREBUS (Engaging REsearch for BUSiness Transformation) Capacity Building Cluster funded by the ESRC. EREBUS is a partnership managed by Aston Business School in association with Warwick Business School and Birmingham University to support business transformation in the region.