Three Birmingham-based businesses have taken top honours in the Medilink West Midlands Medical Technology Awards.
The awards, which recognise the most outstanding business achievements of medical companies across the region, were presented by satirical comedian and GP Dr Phil Hammond at a ceremony at Birmingham Council House.
The Aston Academy of Life Sciences Day Hospital, which is the UK's number one provider of musculo-skeletal scanning for sports stars, triumphed in the Start-Up category, while Eco-Logic UK EMPS, which designs and manufactures one-touch and non-touch controls for basins and baths, won Best Growth in Sector.
E-Medix, a designer and manufacturer of surgical instruments beat off fierce competition from three companies to win the top prize for Export Achievement.
All three winning companies will now go forward to the national Medical Technology Awards.
Judges praised them for their drive, passion and invest-ment in medical technology.
They said ECO-Logic UK demonstrated a major improvement in business growth, while Aston Academy had clearly established its position in a niche market. EMedix was noted for its ability to maximise opportunities overseas, build relationships with partners and develop new markets.
Eco-Logic director Dudley Moore said: "This is a wonderful recognition of our team's hard work, vision and dedication. We're all delighted to go forward to the national awards and hopefully prove that the best medical manufacturing originates in the West Midlands."
E-Medix managing director Simon Checkley said that being part of the region's strong medical cluster offered a tremendous support network of ideas, technologies and partnership opportunities.
Aston Academy managing director Caroline Stevens said the award had come as a complete surprise.
"We have been thrilled with the market's positive reaction to our new services and this type of recognition is just the icing on the cake," she said.
MedilinkWM's communications director, Michelle Dalton, said the awards demonstrated the high standards set by medical technology companies in the region.