NETPark resident IBEX Innovations are ready to take their x-ray expertise international, after a conference in Vienna was a success.
Support from the Department for International Trade North East allowed company representatives to attend the European Congress of Radiology in Vienna, a global medical imaging event.
IBEX completed the Introduction to Export programme and is now making plans to break into a host of overseas markets. Attending the Vienna conference helped IBEX develop new relationships with potential customers and suppliers in the USA, Japan and Europe.
Kurt Scott, grants and project delivery manager at IBEX, said: “The conference was a resounding success. We had really positive responses from companies and clinicians interested in our technology.
“Being able to attend events like this is invaluable as it means we are able to actively engage with market leaders.”
Founded by Dr Gary Gibson in 2010, IBEX specialises in innovative X-ray detector technology. Beginning life as a consultancy, it has been developing its technology ever since.
IBEX tech has developed rapidly from initial concept to fully engineered product, and the company has secured customers in security, electronics, food inspection and medical sectors.
From an original team of two, IBEX now employs 17 highly skilled scientists, engineers and business professionals.
Kurt added: “We were aware that the medical market needed to be addressed. 80% of the X-ray imaging market is taken up by the medical sector and we have spent three years translating our technology to suit medical needs.”
“Thanks to the Department for International Trade funding, we were able to attend the European Congress of Radiology to exhibit and present the technology in scientific sessions. Attending the conference was a great way for us to spread the word about what we do.”
“We’re hoping to attend more exhibitions in the future. Now we have put ourselves out there, we need to maintain our presence in the industry. Our technology is always developing so we need to reflect that.”
“I would recommend the support from the Department for International Trade to any business. The advice has been crucial, particularly on working with foreign markets.”
IBEX plans to expand the use of its technology into other sectors, and is in the process of preparing a showcase to demonstrate its products to potential clients.
North East England Chamber of Commerce Department for International Trade director, Julie Underwood said: “IBEX is making waves in its field and being able to attend conferences like the European Congress of Radiology is vital for overseas development.
“IBEX is well on its way to becoming an internationally recognised company and that is down to hard work and innovative technology. It is brilliant that the Department for International Trade is able to support North East businesses like IBEX to help realise its full potential. I would urge any business looking to break into overseas markets to get in touch and we will do all we can to help them reach their full export potential.”