Sintons sponsors Biomedical Awards 2014

The best of the North of England’s biomedical companies have been honoured at the 2014 Biomedical Awards.

Sixteen companies were shortlisted in five categories at the awards, which celebrate excellence in the sector over the past 12 months.

Sintons sponsored the outstanding growth category at the event, which was held last week at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. The Newcastle law firm has supported the Biomedical Awards, run by Bionow, since their inception seven years ago.

WhiteWash Laboratories won the outstanding growth category, for its progress over the past year in developing its range of innovative teeth whitening treatments and products.

Its UK market share with dentists has increased significantly over the past year, and the Middlesbrough based company is now achieving success within the corporate market, as well as in overseas markets through a network of distributors. The company sells its products through IBH, the biggest dental oral care supplier in the UK, and they are stocked in more than 1,000 dental practices.

Other winners were Hart Biologicals in the export category; Keiro and MuantuMDx were jointly acknowledged in the partnership/collaboration category; Glythera in the innovation and technology category; and Kayleigh Campbell from Hart Biologicals was named promising technologist of the year.

The North of England is one of the UK and Europe’s largest biomedical regions, comprising 925 life science and healthcare companies, generating a turnover of £10.9bn and employing over 38,000 people.

Anthony Evans, Partner in the Company and Commercial department at Sintons, presented the award to WhiteWash Laboratories, which last year won the export award at the event.

He said: “We have been proud to sponsor these awards since they were first established seven years ago, and it remains a real privilege to be involved. Sintons works extensively in this exciting, but rapidly changing and complex sector, and it is very pleasing to be able to see the achievement of these businesses and individuals being brought to the fore.

“The Biomedical Awards is a very important way to showcase and acknowledge the work which is often recognised on a national and international basis being done by biomedical companies based here in the North East.”

Geoff Davison, CEO of Bionow, said: “Congratulations must go to all the winners and those shortlisted on their achievements, and for the fantastic work they are doing to further the growth of the biomedical sector in the North of England.

“The entries we received for this year’s Biomedical Awards were of an extremely high standard and confirmed the region’s standing as a powerhouse in the biomedical sector.

“The winners and runners-up demonstrated just how many versatile and visionary biomedical firms we have in the North, and all of the judges were greatly impressed by their innovative approaches to research, product development and business strategy.

“The biomedical sector has vast potential, and these awards showed that it has an exciting future in the North of England.”

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