RICKMANSWORTH, England, June 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Lightpoint Medical, a developer of innovative medical imaging technologies for cancer surgery, announced today that the company has received a development contract worth £1M from NHS England. The contract was awarded through the SBRI Healthcare (Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare) program.
Lightpoint Medical has developed a ground-breaking approach to tissue diagnosis during cancer surgery, enabling surgeons to perform more conservative surgery while potentially reducing the risk of recurrence or re-operation. The SBRI Healthcare contract will finance the development of the company's EnLight™ device, a hand-held fibre-optic camera scheduled for market launch in 2016.
Dr David Tuch, CEO of Lightpoint Medical, commented: "We're delighted to have received this development contract from SBRI Healthcare. The contract is further validation of the urgent medical need for improved tools for intraoperative cancer detection, as well as the potential of Lightpoint's technology to address this challenge. We look forward to working with our partners at SBRI Healthcare, Health Enterprise East, and Imperial College Health Partners to deliver the EnLight technology to patients and practitioners within the NHS and beyond."
About Lightpoint Medical
Lightpoint Medical is an innovative medical device company dedicated to improving health outcomes for cancer patients through image-guided surgery. The company's ground-breaking molecular imaging technology has the potential to detect cancer in real-time during surgery and thereby reduce the need for repeat operations. For more information contact email@example.com or visit http://www.lightpointmedical.com
About SBRI Healthcare
The Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare) is an NHS England initiative, championed by the newly formed Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), who aim to promote UK economic growth whilst addressing unmet health needs and enhancing the take up of known best practice. The initiative backs small and medium sized companies to accelerate the development of new technologies for known healthcare need by providing up-front investment to in the form of a research and development contract to develop a product for the healthcare system. Every research and development challenge supported by SBRI Healthcare is selected by NHS clinicians and sector specialists under the leadership of the AHSNs. For more information visit http://www.sbrihealthcare.co.uk
About Imperial College Health Partners
Imperial College Health Partners is a partnership organisation bringing together NHS providers of healthcare services, clinical commissioning groups, and leading universities from across North West London. For more information visit http://www.imperialcollegehealthpartners.com
SOURCE Lightpoint Medical