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22nd October 2023

Minister Abela acknowledges the great efforts of healthcare industry in Malta at Med-Tech awards

Generously sponsored by the MDIA and hosted by SiGMA duo- Elisa Martinotti and Mark Borg, the Malta Med-Tech Awards brought an evening of glamour to the beautiful and historic setting of the Mediterranean Conference Centre. From big wins to bidding wars, there was certainly no shortage of thrills during the gala celebration.

Here are tonight’s winners:

Excellence in Digital Health Education of the year award – Queen Mary University of London

Best Supporting Digital Health Solution of the year – Wellx

Digital Health Solution of the year award – Medentee

Femtech Product of the year – Essence

Best Med Tech workplace of the year – Kelvin Health

Best Malta-based Consultancy of the year – CSA Group

Bet Contributor to local health – PTL Ltd.

Best Contribution to Life Sciences of the year – Julie Adrian, Co-Founder & CEO at Alverium Health

Med tech Innovation of the year – Pan Ther Therapeutics

Med tech Startup of the year – Leo Cancer Care

Best Consultancy Services in Med tech – LIfeblood Capital

Industry Pioneer of the year – Mike Wallace, Co-founder & Venture Partner, Early Bird Medical & ShangBay

Best Patient-centric product of the year – NxGen Port

The Lifetime achievement award for 2023 – Prof. Serrancino Inglott, Head at Malta Medicines Authority & Professor at Department of Pharmacy at University of Malta

Best Software Solution Provider of the year – Galen Data

Med tech VC of the year award – 415 Capital Management GmbH

Emerging med tech company of the year – Acorai

Rising star of the year – Youssef Biadilah, CEO at BariaTek Medical

Med tech leader of the year – Carolina Aguilar, CEO and Co-founder, INBRAIN Neuroeletronics

Outstanding Contribution to the local healthcare industry –  Hon. Minister Dr Jo-Etienne Abela

On receiving his award, the Hon Minister said, “I honestly didn’t expect this – but I wish to offer this award to all my colleagues – some who are here tonight. I would like to acknowledge the very great efforts of our health care industry in Malta – we’re doing well and I hope that we’ll continue to do even better.”

The Malta Med-Tech World Awards: Supporting those in need

First up on the auction block was a captivating acrylic and mixed media artwork depicting the double helix structure by Lucienne Spiteri – Essence of Life. This 3D stunner brought in a respectable E500.

“This is wonderful. I’d like to take time to thank everyone for making this happen – it’s been over a year of preparations.” The winning bidder officially presented the painting to Med-Tech World CEO, Dylan Attard, saying, “Dylan, you’ve got yourself a new painting.”

Also popular was British artist Derek Mason’s Artistry of Healing, an oil and acrylic piece symbolising the intersection of art and medical technology. The painting sold for E550. 

The SiGMA Foundation

SiGMA Group endeavours to bring more than just good business to the locations it operates in – which is why its philanthropic arm, the SiGMA Foundation, was established to reflect the company’s commitment to supporting those in need around the world through fund-raising activities, education, and crucial skills to enable self-confidence and personal empowerment. 

The charitable foundation has supported a number of causes, including an educational initiative in Ethiopia, where it helped set up kindergarten schools. SiGMA Foundation has also partnered with charities to extend its philanthropic work to Bataan in the Philippines. The project entails the renovation of a church roof, and the supply of a solar panel system that will supply the whole complex.

Upcoming projects include a multi-sensory hall for the Jose Depiro Formation Centre and a housing initiative for the underprivileged in the Bataan area of the Philippines, as well as women empowerment projects in the Jimma Bonga, Ethiopia, which will finance an institution in which women will be able to improve their skill set through various training programs, and a program to reconstruct cleft lips and palettes for children in the Cartagena area of Colombia.The latter will be paired with an expedition to take on the lost city trail in Santa Marta, Colombia. Further expeditions will also include the Camino de Santiago, and Mount Toubkal.