Chepstow-based Creo Medical Group plc is all set to work with the NHS within the field of endoscopy.

The Beaufort Park-based firm has signed a commercialisation agreement with the Department of Health and Social Care to provide NHS hospitals access to its CROMA Advanced Energy Platform and associated devices for use in gastrointestinal therapeutic endoscopy at preferential rates for a limited period.

The National Institute for Health Research Invention for Innovation programme supported certain development projects which Creo undertook via a series of funding awards between 2010 and 2015, totalling close to £2 million. In accordance with the terms of such funding, Creo has entered into this commercialisation agreement, which is designed to aid the roll-out of CROMA and accompanying consumable GI devices in the UK. The agreement also provides for training for clinicians and nurses on the use of Creo’s suite of advanced energy surgery products.

Craig Gulliford, chief executive officer of Creo, said: “We are delighted to reach a commercialisation agreement with the Department of Health and Social Care which will enable us to roll-out our game-changing devices throughout the NHS, empowering endoscopists and surgeons to change the way they operate bringing significant benefits to their patients.

"We are hugely grateful for the support of NIHR in the development of our CROMA platform and suite of devices and look forward to increasing the adoption of our products in our home market.”

Martin Hunt, programme director of NIHR i4i, said: “The NIHR first recognised the potential of Creo Medical's surgical endoscopy technology 10 years ago and has supported the development of the devices - and the growth of the Company - ever since. NIHR's long term funding for this innovative team means that a new treatment will be available to NHS patients up and down the country, exemplifying how NIHR helps translate discoveries into improved treatments and services." 

Creo Medical was named Business of the Year at the 2019 South Wales Argus Business Awards and also took home the title of Innovative Business of the Year.