GBE and University of Brighton (UoB) have recently received an “Outstanding” grading, the highest achievable grade, after completing a 3-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) partially funded by the Technology Strategy Board aimed at embedding medical device development capabilities and expertise within the GBE organisation. The partnership has proven to be hugely successful with many collaborative projects developing between the two parties beyond the initial scope of the KTP.
One key accomplishment of the KTP has been the embedding of new quality management system (QMS) protocols within GBE to ensure the successful release of medical conforming product in to the market. The soon to be announced ISO13485:2003 certification of GBE’s QMS will significantly benefit both GBE and their customers as we aim to improve the traceability and vigilance of product to meet ever increasing customer needs – both medical and non-medical.
The program has also allowed multiple patented novel medical concepts to be put in to development, with the aim of reaching clinical trials for one product by summer 2013 – a first for GBE, and invaluable experience to assist in medical device development for our customers.