Warwickshire’s Quanta wins engineering innovation award

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Alcester-based Quanta Dialysis Technologies has won the 2022 MacRobert Award, the UK’s top engineering innovation prize.

Quanta has been awarded the accolade for the SC+ compact dialysis machine, a compact kidney dialysis machine. Its portability allows it to be used to treat kidney failure patients at home, relieving the burden on hospitals.

The system is already being used in the NHS. During lockdown the company provided the entirety of its UK stock of SC+ to the NHS in order to relieve the burden on hospitals and ICUs.

John E Milad, CEO of Quanta Dialysis Technologies, said: “I am incredibly proud of our team for developing an innovation deemed worthy of the prestigious MacRobert Award. This is truly an honour to all of us at Quanta.”

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The MacRobert Award, presented and run by the Royal Academy of Engineering, celebrates engineering developments which demonstrate their innovation, commercial viability and social applications. The SC+ fulfilled all three criteria to join previous winners including Rolls Royce and Raspberry Pi.

The SC+ is one of the first developments in dialysis technology in decades. Its proprietary, single use cartridge eliminates the need for disinfection between treatments, saving time and money. Whereas a standard dialysis machine uses piston-driven pumps, the SC+ incorporates a series of pneumatic membrane pumps, making its fluid management and distribution more accurate.

Professor Sir Richard Friend FREng FRS, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award judging panel, said: “This UK-based global healthtech success story, which traces back to technology first developed for use in fruit juice dispensers, demonstrates remarkable engineering ingenuity.

“Recent success comes on the back of Quanta’s considerable journey as a company. The team has been working for a decade to develop a machine that dramatically improves patient care and quality of life, relieves pressure on hospitals and showcases the enormous commercial potential that cutting edge engineering can unlock.”

The winning team from Quanta Dialysis Technologies includes:

  • John Milad, CEO
  • Professor Clive Buckberry FREng, Chief Engineer and Technology Officer
  • Keith Heyes, Systems Engineering Director & Original Inventor
  • Mark Wallace, Lead Innovations Engineer
  • David Spurling, Lead Architect (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Maddy Warren, Strategic Dialysis Advisor and Community Engagement Consultant

The team received a £50,000 prize for winning.

Back in May, Quanta was named in Business and Innovation Magazine’s 100 Life Sciences Showcase.

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