Innovation Showcase: C-Major

Innovation Showcase: C-Major

The problem of Needle Stick Injuries (NSI's) is well known throughout medical practice worldwide. C-Major was established to develop a new range of safety devices to eliminate this problem. Dr Simon Douglas explains to BQ why they're featuring in Venturefest Manchester's Innovation Showcase this week.

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Describe your business in brief…

C-Major is a medical device startup developing a new range of safety syringes.  Every year millions of people suffer the trauma of a needle-stick injury, where an infected syringe needle accidently breaks the skin of the user. Not only does this cause injury, but it presents the risk of contracting serious illnesses (i.e. HIV and Hepatitis).  We’ve developed a technology which aims to remove this risk.

What prompted you to enter the Innovation Showcase competition? Describe the innovation that you’ve entered the showcase with.

Starting as a small innovative company based in the North West we are looking both for funding to complete the development of the product and also to attract the attention of global distribution partners.  The showcase in itself is an ideal forum to do both of these, and the winning package would allow us to reach a more international audience.

C-Major has developed and patented ‘platform technology’ (Controlled Helical Retraction Device – CHoRDTM) that allows the sharp needle of a syringe to be retracted automatically out of harm’s way, rendering it safe.  This will allow C-Major to address the three rapidly growing safety device markets of operator-filled syringes, blood collection devices and pre-filled syringes.

How would you describe that to a novice?

This is a syringe that can be made safe after use.  After use, the sharp needle can be automatically retracted into the body of the syringe so that it cannot be accidently stuck into the nurse or the patient.  This prevents the chance of the nurse being infected accidently with whatever disease the patient may have.

What are the biggest challenges you face?

As the creators of a medical device, one of the biggest challenges we face will be to get the products through regulatory approval.

What are your biggest professional achievements to date?

As a young innovative company the most valuable achievement is getting the core technology patents granted, as this is where our innovation lies. We’re very proud of achieving this.

What would winning the Innovation Showcase mean to your business?

It would allow us to raise the profile of the innovation and the benefits it brings to the medical world, attract funding to complete the development of the products and bring the range of safety syringes to the attention of multinational companies who could have an interest in global distribution.

Where do you see your company in five years time?

We imagine that C-Major will become part of a larger multinational with global distribution capabilities for the safety syringes.

What advice would you give to aspiring innovators?

Believe in what you do and keep pushing forward. Find a good team, listen and take advice.