New magnetic surgical device to be displayed in Texas for British Medtech mission

A pioneering magnetic surgical device that eliminates exposure to radioactive materials and offers a less invasive, more flexible alternative for breast cancer surgery will be showcased in Texas next week (15th – 21st October 2016)as part of a British Medtech mission.

Co-invented by University of Houston physicist, Prof.AudriusBrazdeikis and British company,Endomag, the pioneering device is just one of a group of British healthcare technologies being highlighted in the State.

Clinical leaders at the Baylor College of Medicine, Harris Country Hospital, Biomed SA and the US Military are amongstthe organisations that will welcome the British visitors, with the aim of developing long term relationships.

It is hoped that the unique ‘MedTech’ mission may result in cutting-edge British medical technologies being used byclinicians to improve patient care across Texas.

The University of Houston physicist, Prof.Brazdeikis, said:

The technology is a great example of Britain and Texas working together to improve patient care. The system is extremely innovative and can help surgeons locate breast cancer tumours before they can even be felt.

The device received FDA approval in April this year and, with the support of this British mission, we expect it will be used by surgeons in Houston very soon.

The visit has been arranged by the UK’s medical technology industry body, the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) and the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT).

The UK delegation is excited to know more about Texan world-class hospitalsand medical centres, whichcontain such strength and depth in the health and lifesciences sectors. They are keen to collaborate and foster new relationships. The visit is part of a longer term programme of engagement.

Speaking about the visit,Baylor College of Medicine’s Stuart Corr, Director of Technology Development, said:

Texas and the UK have a successful and collaborative history, sharing many core values and goals.

We believe that by building strong relationships with the United Kingdom, whose expertise and reputation in health and life sciences is world class,together we canimprove patient outcomes, efficiency, and productivity across both of our health systems. These are essential elements of a successful, happy, and healthy society.

From the ground-breaking invention of the hip replacement treatment and the use of ultrasound in modern medicine, to the development of the CT scanner and development of the first multi-articulated prosthetic hand, Britain has a well-deserved international reputation for turning innovative ideas into pioneering medical breakthroughs.

Renowned for its creativity, research, and outstanding talent, Britain has come to Texas, to share, learn and find new partners.

The delegation members include:

  • Alesi Surgical Limited - have developed Ultravision that manages the surgical plume created by energy-based instruments during laparoscopic surgery.
  • Endomag - pioneer in the use of magnetism for minimally invasive surgical guidance.
  • Forte Medical - delivers 98.5% accurate urine specimens.
  • FutureNova Limited - specialises in Apple medical accessory design.
  • Griffiths and Nielson Ltd – the UK market leader in DVT prevention.
  • Lumeon Ltd –a leadingdigital health company.
  • Mediplus– aninnovator in the areas of anaesthesia, urology, urodynamics, gynaecology and gastroenterology.
  • myrecovery - mobile application that improves patient experience and outcomes from elective orthopaedic surgery.
  • OBS Medical Limited - develops predictive algorithms for identifying critical instabilities in acute settings.
  • Owen Mumford Inc - global manufacturer with over 60 years’ expertise in the development of medical devices.
  • Timesco Healthcare Ltd – a manufacturer of medical devices for anaesthesia, surgery, podiatry and primary care.
  • The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) - the UK’s medical technology industry body.
  • The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) - The FCO promotes the United Kingdom's interests overseas, supporting UK citizens and businesses around the globe.
  • Department for International Trade (DIT)-works with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports.



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