Paxman, a manufacturer of scalp cooling technology, has picked up two major awards at the prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards held in London.
Huddersfield based Paxman received the Manufacturer of the Year award – a title awarded to the most outstanding company amongst all the category winners. This was alongside winning awards in two separate categories, coming runner up in the Innovation award and winning the Business Growth and Strategy category.
The UK scalp cooling specialist has designed and manufactured technology used to reduce chemotherapy-induced hair loss. Hair loss is consistently ranked as one of the most feared and a common side effects of chemotherapy treatment and often people will refuse it because they do not want to lose their hair.
This technology, which is used in over 95% of UK hospitals in and in 32 countries across the globe, also received recognition in the Innovation Award. Judges were impressed with different business models that Paxman employed for different international markets, according to local contexts and highly regulated environment.
The judging panel said “This innovation displayed huge impact in terms of social and health benefits. It was multi-dimensional from finance, product development and service delivery. It clearly shows the benefits that innovation has upon business growth.”
Winners were selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics and was up against tough competition from a range of dynamic businesses, small and large, from across the UK.
Stephen Phipson, CEO at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation said: “Paxman are a fantastic organisation. I must commend Glenn, Richard and their team as they have been able to turn a personal tragedy into a positive solution and are now able to help thousands of people worldwide.”
The Scalp Cooling System works by reducing the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees immediately before, during and after the administration of chemotherapy. Made from lightweight silicone, the scalp cooling cap is soft and flexible - providing a snug, yet comfortable cap during treatment. Moulding to all head shapes and sizes, liquid coolant passes through the cap extracting heat from the patient's scalp, ensuring it remains at an even, constant temperature to minimise hair loss.
Used all over the world, it is available in two models, the single model provides cooling for one patient and is suitable for a small chemotherapy suite or private bed, whilst the double model provides cooling for one or two patients simultaneously with each cap working independently.