A highlight of the week was the 2018 HealthTech Awards. New research and start-ups were acknowledged, as well as distributors and multinationals that have implemented new technology into the local healthcare system. There was a large breadth and depth of ideas in the entries submitted – ranging from management of diabetes through mobile health applications, smart anaesthetic monitoring in the operation theatre, point of care diagnostics to a software platform to template and design patient-specific personalised orthopaedic implants.
The James & Wells Medical Technology Association of New Zealand (MTANZ) Innovation Award is given to the best technology which has been adopted into the NZ healthcare system in the last year. Baxter Healthcare won this award for their new haemodialysis therapy, which has the potential to significantly advance renal care for patients.
Spot Check won the Best Start-Up Opportunity Award with its new portable DNA sensor that can diagnose disease “on the spot” to help treat and manage health conditions on a personalised level. The Best Translational Research Project Award went to MedTech CoRE spinout, Surgical Design Studio which bridges the gap between medicine and engineering to bring innovative and bespoke solutions to patients.
The CMDT Researcher Awards were received by emerging researchers from the University of Canterbury, University of Otago and University of Auckland. This covered a variety of ideas from blood glucose control, new imaging technology markers to a novel therapy for managing obesity.