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UoB and Renishaw partnership named in the Innovation 50 2019

A partnership between the University and the engineering and scientific technology firm Renishaw to develop the next generation of personalised medical implants using 3D printing has been recognised in a report ranking 50 of the Midlands’ most innovative businesses.

The “Innovation 50” by Midlands law firm Mills & Reeve highlights innovative success stories from across the region and features 50 businesses across five categories: business intelligence and performance; communication; development and inclusivity; healthier, safer lives and place and environment.

Named in the ‘Healthier, safer lives’ category for redefining safety and wellbeing, the team at Birmingham, led by Dr Sophie CoxSchool of Chemical Engineering, is working to create surfaces on Renishaw devices that will help the healing of the patient’s tissue and prevent threats to the implant, such as infection, ultimately reducing recovery times and contributing to efficiencies in the NHS.

Dr Cox said: “Our strategic partnership with Renishaw has enabled us to create a platform capability that contributes to cutting edge research throughout the ecosystem of the medical device supply chain which includes building relationships with SMEs and contributing to the growing life sciences agenda within the West Midlands region.”

This strategic partnership has been recognised for its contribution to cutting-edge research throughout the medical device supply chain, building relationships with SMEs and contributing to the growing life science agenda in the West Midlands. The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) were also included in the report for creating places and spaces for change. 

Ed Littlewood, Renishaw Plc said: “For a global organisation like ourselves it's really important we work with partners who are internationally recognized and The University of Birmingham have exactly that recognition. We chose to work with the University of Birmingham for the fantastic facilities within the University and because they are a really nice team of people to work with which makes the project so much easier”