Today, MDTi specialises in helping commercialise new healthcare product ideas that have been dreamed up by NHS staff, who in the course of their clinical work have spotted a gap in the market.
Peter Dines from Surgi-C e-Medix opthalmic blade Martin Levermore from MDTi pictured with NHS staff who he has helped to commercialise new healthcare products The Healthcare market offers a lot of opportunities for business entrepreneurs believes Simon Checkley
Mr Levermore established MDTi - which is behind such simple medical devices like the RhinoPinch, the Physio-Master and Hook-It - with the support of RBS Business Banking.
Mr Levermore, chief executive officer of MDTi, said: "When I first came up with the idea of the company, I had a very strong ethical drive, while not losing the important balance with being commercial.
I knew that MDTi could deliver this and the NHS shared my confidence, so I am so proud to see what the company has already delivered," Mr Levermore added.
Martin Lever more, Chief Executive Officer of MDTI, said: "The idea for the 'Hoo-kOn' was devised by a team of Wolverhampton IV Therapy Nurses within the NHSPCT, who had grown frustrated with conventional stands that are heavy, expensive and difficult to use if you are on your own.
MDTI has already completedpounds 300,000 of orders for the 'Hoo-kOn,' which has been manufactured entirely in the UK to provide staff with a lightweight, easy to stow device that can be cleaned quickly and assembled within two minutes.
Employing eight people at its base in Wolverhampton, MDTI currently has licences for seven medical products, including the Physio-Master for preventing deep vein thrombosis and Uflow meter, a portable, accurate and reliable gauge for detecting lower urinary tract symptoms in men.
MDTi says its priority was quality accreditation for its supply chain.
As with all MDTi activities, Martin sought a partner and medical supplier network, Medilink West Midlands, guided him to Birmingham City University's Business Solutions team for support.
MDTi's first product, the Hook-It, illustrates its Midlands-focused sourcing policy.
The product was launched late last year and is in MDTi
's 2008 catalogue.