22 September, 2016
CHRISTCHURCH, NZ, 22 September, 2016 – ARANZ Medical, has been named the Supreme Winner (Medium/ Large Enterprise) at the Champion Canterbury Business Awards 2016. The company was also named Champion Producer/ Manufacturer (Medium/ Large Enterprise) at an awards ceremony held last night at Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena attended by over 1100 people.
ARANZ Medical specialises in 3D scanning and informatics solutions for the healthcare sector that transform clinical assessment processes, improve quality of care, and make service delivery more cost-effective.
Dr Bruce Davey, CEO of ARANZ Medical says, “Our mission is to help people heal people, and we have an incredibly dedicated and passionate team who work to achieve this every day. We’re delighted to have our work and the impact on people’s lives recognised in this way.”
ARANZ Medical’s key innovations include: Silhouette, an FDA-approved advanced wound surveillance system; and FastSCAN which enables the custom-fit of orthotics and prosthetics.
ARANZ Medical carry out all research, development and manufacturing in Christchurch with 98% of products exported to 35 countries.
Dr Davey says, “Our solutions are making a difference all around the world in a range of clinical practice and research settings: from Africa, where the World Health Organization is using Silhouette in rural Africa as part of an important study of Buruli ulcer, one of the world’s most neglected tropical diseases; to some of the biggest healthcare providers in the United States and United Kingdom.
“We are at the forefront of emerging health trends globally. The increased prevalence of diseases like diabetes, an ageing population, more accountable healthcare and the telehealth trend is driving demand for our solutions and our rapid growth.”
Over 40 million people around the world suffer from chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, venous ulcers and diabetic ulcers and this number is expected to grow to more than 60 million by 2017. Wounds can lead to significant pain, sepsis, re-admissions, social isolation, amputations, and death.
Amputation rates are also increasing, with some experts estimating that every 30 seconds a lower limb is lost to diabetes somewhere in the world.
Dr Davey says, “Our smart hardware and software solutions are transforming some of the most primitive processes in healthcare. While our technology is highly sophisticated it is also very easy to use and equips researchers and clinicians with important new knowledge. This empowers them to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide, including high risk groups such as diabetes sufferers and the elderly.”
Dr Davey says an added benefit of their success is that they are shining the light on Canterbury healthcare innovation around the world. “We also hope we can encourage children here to consider working in the technology field – it’s an extremely rewarding career and provides an opportunity to make a difference internationally from New Zealand.”