Enterprise Europe Network is helping a Leicestershire healthcare company to step up commercialisation and global distribution of colour-coded anaesthetic trays, an innovation that has earned substantial funding from Innovate UK.
Uvamed has developed the ‘Rainbow Trays’ with critical care colours for drug delivery in hospitals, with the aim of reducing the risks of medication error.
EEN, which has been working with Uvamed since 2015, has supported the company this year following its successful applications to Innovate UK for a Smart Grant (£191,500) and COVID-19 response funding (£50,000) for the Rainbow Tray project.
EEN innovation and growth specialist, Lisa Brewer, has helped Uvamed to secure two overseas distribution deals along with introductions to other potential partners through brokerage events.
She also recommended courses on PR and marketing and provided details on relevant external events, other training courses, funding calls and Global Business Innovation Programme opportunities.
Meanwhile academics at the University of Derby’s College of Health, Psychology and Social Care are receiving £117,000 to conduct a detailed evaluation of the trays’ efficacy.
Managing director Keith Fawdington said: "Uvamed has worked with Enterprise Europe Network for a number of years and has always been grateful for the support we have and continue to receive."
"EEN has connected us to two overseas distribution partners already and I look forward to working closely together on the future product development of the Rainbow Trays following the work we are carrying out with the University of Derby."