Medical Ethics Pty Ltd (“Medical Ethics” or “the Group”), a commercial and development company focused on pain mitigation in wounds for humans and animals, announces the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Steven Jeffery, Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham to its Advisory Board. Together with the existing members of the Advisory Board, Steven will provide expert analysis of the Group’s research and development plans and help in developing strategies for its unique technology platform. In particular, Steven’s extensive experience in the British Army and as a burns and plastic surgeon will be utilised to investigate the potential of the Group’s technology in humans for the immediate treatment of wounds in military and civilian field environments.
Steven joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a medical student in 1986. He qualified from the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester in 1989, and served as a Medical Officer with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders before completing his basic surgical training, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of Glasgow. He completed three operational tours of duty in Northern Ireland during this time.
Pursuing his interest in burns and other soft tissue injuries, Steven completed his plastic surgical training in East Grinstead, Newcastle and Perth, Western Australia before his first consultant job in Newcastle in 2003. In 2007, Steven moved to Selly Oak Hospital (now the Queen Elizabeth Hospital) in Birmingham, the UK’s primary receiving hospital for service personnel injured on operations, to be the first military plastic surgeon in the city, as well as to be part of the burns team. He also completed four tours of Afghanistan during this time.
In recognition of his contribution to developing the military plastic surgery medical and nursing teams, Steven was awarded the Military Civilian Partnership Award for ‘Regular of the Year’ in 2011, as well as receiving the Wounds UK ‘Key Contribution’ award and the Smith and Nephew ‘Customer Pioneer of the Year’ award the same year.
Steven is a Patron of the Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust Charity, and has been awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England ad eundem. He is an expert adviser to NICE Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme. In 2011, he co-founded the Woundcare 4 Heroes charity, which is already making a big difference to the wound care of both serving and veteran personnel.
Lieutenant Colonel Steven Jeffery, Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, commented:
“Pain is a real problem for my patients. Currently, there is nothing available for the topical treatment of injured military personnel. Medical Ethics’ unique combination technology has the potential to reduce the pain, as well as the risk of infection, of wounds in the field environment. I believe this technology is particularly suited for use on the battlefield, with the potential for the product to be easily carried and used by individual soldiers. I also believe it has the potential to lift soldier’s morale to know there is a product available to quickly reduce pain should they be injured. I am therefore pleased to be part of this Advisory Board and I look forward to working with Medical Ethics to develop its technology for military application.”
Allan Giffard, managing director of medical ethics, added: “We are excited to announce the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Steven Jeffery to our established Advisory Board of recognised key opinion leaders in both human and animal health. Steven’s extensive insight and experience in the military and wound care settings will be invaluable as we continue the development of our technology in humans.”
Please see a link to a video of Steven discussing the potential of the Group’s technology for military application here.
The Group’s Advisory Board was set up in March 2017 to provide expert analysis of the Group’s research and development plans and to help in developing strategies for its unique technology platform in humans and animals. Existing members of the Advisory Board include:
· Ian Page, Chief Executive Officer of Dechra Pharmaceuticals, an international specialist veterinary pharmaceutical company
· Dr Chris Roberts, Owner and Principal Consultant at Clinical Resolutions, a wound care consultancy
· Dr Matthew Bayfield, Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Strathfield Private Hospital and VMO Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
· Professor Peter Windsor, a registered specialist veterinary surgeon in New South Wales and an emeritus Professor at Sydney University
· Dr Julian Braidwood, Founder and Managing Director of Triveritas, which provides comprehensive product development, clinical study and regulatory affairs services to the animal health industry globally