MED-TECH INNOVATION AWARD THE CATEGORIES
The Med-Tech Innovation awards celebrate the vital work of the medical device engineering community. The five categories - Connected Health, Engineering, Materials, Design and 3D Printing - reflect the areas of the sector where manufacturers are pioneering new territories and breaking new ground.
3D Printing Award
Entrants should demonstrate how the use of 3D printing has enhanced or fundamentally improved the design or manufacture of medical devices. This could be as a design development aid, a manufacturing jig or fixture, or the additive manufacture of end-use products.
Connected Health Award
Entrants need to have played a part in the design or manufacture of a cutting edge connected medical device. Perhaps entrants supplied miniaturised sensors, or conductive materials, or perhaps they were involved in the production or assembly of specific components. Entrants can also be software providers or digital service providers in this category.
Quite simply, entrants should be able to demonstrate how design principles have been used to create a futuristic solution to meet a clinical need. Entrants can be from a design agency, or in-house team. Describe in detail the challenges and complexities involved in designing the product, plus the material and processing decisions that were made to enable the successful design.
Entrants should submit an idea which resulted in a breakthrough or improvement to the manufacture of a specific product or component. For example, if the entrant’s team re-evaluated a part design, or selected a different material to overcome a specific issue, the entrant should describe in detail the benefits of that strategic decision.
Materials Innovation Award
Entrants to this category should put forward a new and ground breaking medical material, or an example of an application in which material choice was pivotal to the success of the final product. For the latter - how was the decision made? Which other materials were tested before arriving at a workable solution? Who provided the expertise and know-how to help find the perfect material of choice for the application?