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A LEEDS-BASED medical manufacturer has helped a surgeon-turned-inventor see his idea become a reality.

Xiros helped the South Wales medic bring his surgical device onto the market for use in operating theatres in the UK and abroad.

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Atif Nada, who practices at Neville Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, responded to a call by the company for surgeons to share ideas that could improve surgical procedures.

His Rota-Lok shoulder surgery device was patented jointly and he is set to share in any profits.

There were two years of tests, development and trials before it went on sale.

Mr Nada said: “Many surgeons have ideas that could improve the materials and equipment we use every day in theatre, but when I was aware of a programme run by Xiros to research and develop the inventions and take them through patenting and testing I was keen to see if my ideas would translate to a new product.”

Xiros is to launch five similarly developed products in the coming year which are aimed at reducing patient discomfort and improving recovery times.

Dr David Beevers, who leads the programme to develop surgeon’s products, said: “We appealed for surgeons’ ideas in 2008, and although Mr Nada’s Rota-Lok is the first product to be launched commercially, we have registered several patents and are in the process of developing at least ten other new products that have been invented by surgeons and medical professionals.

“Our devices are used by medical professionals every day and who better to devise new procedures and product enhancements? We are experts at development, intellectual property protection and manufacture, so together with the person who had the idea we can handle the whole process with little time involvement from the surgeons who tend to be hugely busy people.”

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