TerrainHopper up for Medilink awards

An innovative company from Manby has been nominated for two Medilink East Midlands awards in this year’s competition to find the best in healthcare, bioscience and medical technology businesses.

TerrainHopper is shortlisted in two categories, Start-up and Innovation alongside other companies from across the region.

The company was launched by Sam and Debbie Dantzie in 2010 to produce pre-production prototypes of an off road mobility product. Since then the enterprising couple has self-financed the opening of a 1,400 square foot manufacturing facility, patented and launched the TerrainHopper and are into the second production run. The worldwide market for mobility vehicles is expected to be worth in excess of £2.4 billion by 2015, with UK sales driven by government legislation to increase access for the disabled.

Dr Darren Clark, chief executive of Medilink East Midlands, said: “Lincolnshire is home to some of the UK’s most innovative companies in medical technologies, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. As a finalist in this year’s Awards, TerrainHopper has shown itself to be capable of translating strong research into a commercial product with a ready market. Excellent progress has been made in a short period of time, and the impact on users’ mobility will be enormous.”

The awards take place next week at The Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport.