Funding package announced for blister prevention firm

The North West entrepreneurs behind blister prevention pad, PelliTec, have received financial backing to progress a proof of concept study.

The study will investigate use of the pad to establish if the patented PelliTec anti-friction technology can help manage clinical problems such as diabetic foot ulcers.

The PelliTec team, based at Thornton Science Park in Chester, will be working with a consultant from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and a leading academic from Manchester Metropolitan University throughout the study.

PelliTec was awarded a grant by the National Institute of Health Research for the study at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The award follows news that the company has recently sent an initial order of its innovative product to Japan for use by the military and has just signed an exclusive deal with a well-established sports medical distributor in Ireland.

PelliTec director, Peter Broxton, said: “It’s been a whirlwind few months for the team and we’re incredibly excited about what’s to come in 2021.

“We ended 2020 being shortlisted by Mills & Reeve in its Top Tech North West 2020 report, which is testament to the brilliant technology and product we’ve developed.

“In an age where more and more services are digital and online we think it’s important not to forget the physical products like ours which can make a visible impact to the user.”

He added: “The ‘proof of concept’ study at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals will also be an eye-opener for us this year. We’re incredibly proud of the product we’ve developed and we are looking forward to seeing how its support in the management of diabetic foot conditions can be proven and accredited.”

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