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20 Decemb er 2010 | PR 10/191

Pioneering medical company to collaborate with University

A pioneering medical devices company is to collaborate with experts at Loughborough University on the development of an innovative new product.

Mediplus, a company at the forefront of innovation in the medical devices sector, is enlisting the help of academics at Loughborough’s departments of Materials and Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering on the development of a new catheter.

Mediplus is a family business based in High Wycombe, Bucks, which was set up in 1986 by chairman Bob Urie.

He said: “We are known as an innovative company and have developed several unique patented products.

“We were in the process of developing a new catheter and hit some particular technical obstacles. We realised that we needed a bit of cutting edge science to overcome them which is why we turned to Loughborough.’’

Mr Urie is himself an alumni of Loughborough, having studied Industrial Chemistry at the University between 1964 and 1968.

He said: “It is great to be able to work with Loughborough University, particularly with the polymer engineering sector, which is an area that formed one element of my degree at Loughborough.’’
The collaboration will take the form of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), a government subsidised scheme that enables organisations to access the University’s expertise. A recently qualified graduate will be employed to work on the project at Mediplus, while liaising on a weekly basis with experts at the University.

Professor Phill Dickens, Pro Vice Chancellor (Enterprise) said: “I am delighted that we will be partnering a company founded by one of our alumni.” 

He continued: “We have an excellent track record in partnering organisations from many sectors to benefit from our expertise, and the opportunity to engage with forward-thinking organisations such as Mediplus ensures our research is applied for maximum impact.”

For further information about collaborating with Loughborough University, contact Kathryn Burchell on 01509 228493 or email K.D.Burchell@lboro.ac.uk

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Sarah Hall
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Loughborough University
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Notes for editors:

1. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

2. Mediplus focuses on the research, development, manufacture and marketing of innovative medical devices that meet the needs of patients and clinicians worldwide. The Mediplus philosophy is to provide high quality products at fair prices supported by excellence in customer service. The Company sells direct to end-users in the United Kingdom and to more than forty countries internationally through a network of carefully selected distributors. The first Mediplus range of products, developed for the urodynamic market, highlights this philosophy. Mediplus was the first company to develop colour-coded lines, incorporate extension sets and feature an offset lumen to allow greater filling rates. The Mediplus urodynamic range is used throughout the world by clinicians who care about patient comfort. Since 1986 Mediplus has used its expertise in manufacturing to develop and launch products for the Urology, Urogynaecology, Gynaecology, Gastroenterology, Anaesthetics, and General Surgery sectors.

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