Francis Lamont Innovations triumphs in Medilink East Midlands Business Awards

Francis Lamont Innovations triumphs in Medilink East Midlands Business Awards

Derbyshire company Francis Lamont Innovations (FLi) has walked away with the Start up award in this year’s Medilink East Midlands Business Competition. The Hathersage-based company collected the prize at the Innovation Day awards dinner held last night at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport.

Established in 2011, Fli Medical Innovations has been recognised for the significant early sales interest in ‘FLOTE’, a novel piece of surgical equipment to aid total hip replacement. The company has filed an international patent application, has sold and shipped 30 devices to France in the last 6 months and is also in discussion with customers in Germany, Switzerland, Australia and the US. Sales in excess of £4 million are anticipated by 2015.

Company founder, Malcolm Wootton, said: We're honoured and flattered to have won this award against, what looked like to us, very competent fellow finalists. It's a small but significant reward for the hard work of our tiny but dedicated team. I hope that, with the continued support of Medilink and some action from the local AHSN, this will help to raise our UK profile to the levels we have achieved overseas in the past 18 months.”

The Start up Award is sponsored by BioCity Nottingham. Director Toby Reid said: “Francis Lamont topped a shortlist of very impressive candidates for the start-up award. The progress they have made in product development and early stage sales in a short period of time is remarkable and so we were delighted to see them win this category.”

Speaking after the awards were announced, Dr Darren Clark, Chief Executive of Medilink East Midlands commented: “Francis Lamont Innovations impressed the award judges with the early commercial impact of the FLOTE equipment. Whilst design and innovation are commendable, it is the ability to attract international interest and sales which set this start up company apart. We congratulate them on such early success in a highly complex and competitive environment.”

Francis Lamont Innovations is automatically entered into the Medilink UK national awards which will take place in early 2014.

The Awards ceremony took place on the evening following the Medilink East Midlands Innovation Conference, which was supported by the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet project (part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). . This year’s conference theme, ‘Revolutionising Healthcare –What part will you play?’ attracted over 200 of the region’s leading businesses and academics in the sector.