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Blood cleaner shortlisted for national award

A Nottinghamshire company’s ground-breaking invention has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Hemosep captures and cleans blood spilled during heart surgery, and then returns it to the patient. It’s been developed by DNCC member Brightwake, a family firm based in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, in partnership with the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.

The venture, through the involvement of the university, has now been shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Awards - in the category for Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology.

Hemosep is unique in its ability to capture both red and clotting blood cells - so lowering the risk of bleeding after an operation. This and the reduced reliance on blood banks mean that the portable device could save the NHS up to £10m a year.

Blood recycling is also better for patients because it removes the risk of an adverse reaction to, or rejection of, donated blood.

Brightwake, which employs around 150 people in Nottinghamshire, is already a leading producer of medical dressings. The company has set up a new trading arm, Advancis Surgical, for Hemosep, which is attracting global interest.

Ben Williams, head of business development for Advancis Surgical, said: “We’re delighted for our partners at Strathclyde that our project has been shortlisted. It shows that the huge potential of Hemosep to contribute to better healthcare is starting to be recognised.”

Hemosep will soon be used on British patients for the first time, when hospitals across the country begin clinical trials in the coming months.

The winners of the Times Higher Education Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London in November.