University of Nottingham

Times Higher Education award shortlists for two CHT medical devices

Two products developed by members of the Centre for Healthcare Technology have been shortlisted in two categories at the Times Higher Education awards.

Affectionately known as the Oscars of UK Higher Education, THE Awards are designed to showcase why and how institutions continue to prosper.

Antimicrobial catheter coating

The University of Nottingham's work with Camstent, a Cambridge biotechnology company, earned it a shortlist for innovative contribution to business-university collaboration.

Bacteria-resistant polymers discovered at the University of Nottingham have been developed to produce a urinary catheter coating that has the potential to reduce infection and save the NHS £1bn a year.

The collaboration had to overcome challenges of product development in transforming the materials discovery into medical use. In June 2018 the first patient used the Camstent Ltd catheter and a wider trial has been commissioned.

Congratulations to Professor Morgan Alexander and team!

Fetal monitoring

The University’s innovation of the Monica fetal/maternal care monitor has been shortlisted for Technological Innovation of the year. Delivering the world’s first wearable patch for monitoring a pregnant mother and her fetus during labour, the innovation measures the heart rate of unborn babies and mothers, and mothers’ contractions, without restricting her movements. The devices are now used at more than 1,000 sites across Europe, Asia and North America, with more than 100,000 patients benefitting from the technology in the last year. 

Congratulations to Professor Barrie Hayes-Gill, Dr Don Sharkey, Professor John Crowe and team!