Professor Rajan’s team received the first prize for Medical Technology Innovation by NHS Enterprise East in July 2011 for a novel medical device that would allow preparation of micro-thin corneal transplants to help faster visual rehabilitation in patients with corneal blindness. They have now completed investigations with the prototype device and with the help of our Cambridge University Hospitals Trust’s research and development team, a medical device company have entered into a contract to manufacture the device to make it available to corneal surgeons in the rest of Europe and the Americas. The new technique of ‘Microthin endothelial keratoplasty’ was presented at international ophthalmic conferences in Vienna (Sept 2011), UAE (Feb 2012) and Florida (May 2012) resulting in press releases and commendations. The research paper has been published in the Cornea Journal .
In April 2013, we took delivery from the first commercial device termed CamFlow, a result of a useful collaboration with a medical device company in the UK (Network Medicals, Yorkshire).