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SpheriTech playing a key role in a medical trial

Scientists at SpheriTech have invented and developed an antimicrobial corneal bandage lens which is cast into a mould made by SOG precision engineer

SpheriTech, a leading life science company based at The Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn, is playing a key role in a medical trial to develop an antimicrobial corneal bandage lens which will revolutionise the recovery of patients suffering eye infections.
The Medical Research Council has awarded a £767,633 grant to fund the joint research programme which is being conducted through a collaboration of SpheriTech, the University of Liverpool and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust.

The Precision Engineering department of SOG Group, owners and operators of The Heath, has also played a critical role in the project by making the moulds in which the high-precision corneal bandages are cast.

Don Wellings, Managing Director of SpheriTech and inventor of the antimicrobial corneal bandage lens, says the ground-breaking research revolves around the commercial production of an innovative corneal bandage which has been developed by one of his scientists, Dr Andy Gallagher.

This is a key advancement in the treatment of cornea and Andy has produced the first ever antimicrobial corneal bandage lens of this type. Measuring around 22mm, the corneal bandage is around twice the size of a standard contact lens and covers the front of the eye.

“We needed to find a way of mass producing these very tiny and delicate corneal bandages and Andy Baugh, SOG’s Precision Engineer, has made the moulds for the lenses. It’s an excellent example of how SOG, our landlords, not only provide laboratory space to scientific businesses but can also offer practical help through the very specialised scientific support services they offer,” says Dr Wellings.

This patent protected technology will be licenced to Liverpool University who have agreed to commercialise the new lenses. The trials are due to be completed by October 2020.

SpheriTech is conducting research on a number of pioneering programmes including revolutionising the way physicians repair joints, with a particular focus on repair of hip lesions through regenerative medicine. The company is also developing polymers for bone repair and spinal cord repair as well as developing a unique artificial blood.

About The Heath
The Heath, which was established as a business park in 2000, has attracted over 175 British and international companies, ranging from bio science firms to IT specialists, from food industry consultants to website designers, and from government agencies to telemarketing specialists. Residents have been attracted by the 60-acre business park's vast range of impressive facilities and its flexibility in space management and in attitude. The Heath offers a wide range of office and laboratory space, together with a purpose-built conference centre that includes a 120-seat lecture theatre. Residents can also choose from a wide selection of additional services, including telephone and broadband connectivity, laboratory support services, scientific glass-blowing and precision engineering facilities, to name but a few. Residents also have access to The Heath's fitness centre and gym. Combined with 1,700 parking spaces, its first-class transport links - and the ability for residents to select and pay for just the services they require - it's no surprise that the number of companies on The Heath is continuing to grow rapidly.

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4th June 2018