The ceremony gave Frost and Sullivan the opportunity to honour industry achievements and demonstration of best practices as well as highlight product innovation and business development strategies in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
Winners of the fourteen awards available on the night included Adobe Systems, Aerotel, Alcon, Astra Tech, Barco, BioMerieux, Biomet - Europe, Ceapro, Inpeco, Medcon - a McKesson company, R2 Technology, Siemens Hearing Instruments, Tecan Group and, Viterion TeleHealthcare.
The awards ceremony, which took place in Whitehall, the central government district of London, gathered together prominent figures and industry leaders who were honoured for their approach to product differentiation, business development strategies, market leadership and penetration, entrepreneurial ability and technology innovation.
Delivering the keynote address, John Higgins, Director General of Intellect (the UK trade association for the IT, telecoms and electronics industries) spoke of the need for the government to make a full and sustained IT investment amounting to 4 per cent of the NHS budget as laid out in the Wanless report.
This commitment, he emphasised, would be critical for the transformation of the country's healthcare system.
"The application of IT solutions at an appropriate level of investment, as suggested by the Wanless Report, is important to achieve efficiency goals," said Higgins.
"This investment in IT solutions is also essential to ensure that efficiency does not mean compromising on patient care and safety."
Higgins added that ultimately, the industry has no choice but to introduce these new devices into our health service in order to maintain, let alone improve, standards of healthcare for an increasingly ageing population.
These technologies and devices will, in the long term, allow for more effective, efficient and safer patient care whilst cutting the cost of long-term disease management and reducing unnecessary hospital occupancy rates.
"It can only be through the collaborative efforts of the government, stakeholders and industry bodies such as the Intellect Healthcare Group that a modern, efficient and competently caring healthcare system fit for the demands of the 21st Century can be established," he concluded.
The full list of winners were:
Adobe Systems - 2006 Business Development Strategy Leadership AwardAerotel - 2006 Patient Monitoring Company of the Year AwardAlcon Inc - 2006 Market Leadership AwardAstra Tech UK Ltd - 2006 Technology Innovation & Leadership of the Year AwardBarco n.v - 2006 Customer Value AwardBioMerieux Inc - 2006 Technology Innovation AwardBiomet Europe- 2006 Market Leadership AwardCeapro Inc - 2006 Product Innovation AwardInpeco S.p.A. - 2006 Entrepreneurial Company AwardMedcon - A McKesson Company - 2006 Product Innovation AwardR2 Technology Inc - 2006 Technology Innovation Leadership of the Year AwardSiemens Hearing Instruments - 2006 Product Differentiation Innovation AwardTecan Group Limited - 2006 Vertical Market Penetration Leadership AwardViterion TeleHealthcare - 2006 Marketing Strategy Leadership Award