A JOINT venture involving private companies, NHS Highland and the Digital Healthcare Institute has become an award winner at Scotland’s annual Life Science Awards.
CorporateHealth International and software company OpenBrolly’s work allows doctors to carry out a minimally invasive investigation of the digestive system using a miniature camera that can be swallowed in capsule form.
The project is of particular benefit to the Highlands as it allows local GPs to carry out the procedure, avoiding the need for patients to travel considerable distances to Inverness from rural communities around the region.
Their joint project with NHS Highland and DHI won the innovation collaboration category at the awards in Glasgow.
The awards recognise the success and achievements of Scotland’s internationally renowned life sciences sector in areas including innovation, business leadership and investment, as well as collaboration.
The business leadership category also came to the Highlands when it was awarded to Campbell Grant, founder and CEO of Skye-based technology firm Sitekit.
Albyn Housing, meanwhile, became the first social enterprise to be shortlisted in the awards. This was for the FitHomes project, a collaboration with NHS Highland and Invergordon based Carbon Dynamic, which designs and manufactures timber modular buildings.
The regional success at the awards was welcomed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (Hie), which provided support for the entrants.
James Cameron, Hie’s head of life sciences, said: "The entries this year reflected the strong collaborations between industry, academia and the NHS, as well as the region’s strengths in digital health, diagnostics and marine and natural products."