Grant Shapps, the Welwyn Hatfield MP and UK Minister of State for Housing & Local Government visited Tarilian Laser Technologies (TLT) today to see the company’s revolutionary technology at first hand, and learn about its potential and the prospects for business development in the area he represents.
TLT has developed a ground-breaking miniature optoelectronic sensor that can measure blood pressure more accurately and easily than any existing device. This makes it ideal for use in a range of medical conditions, sport and veterinary medicine. The sensor also has a wide range of other applications such as in the aerospace and automotive industries.
Mr Shapps met with TLT CEO Dr Sandeep Shah, Programme Director Nita Shah and Dr David Jefferys, a European medical device regulatory expert. He was given the background to TLT development since its founding in 2006 and a demonstration of the sensor’s capability. Dr Shah hooked himself up to the sensor and showed his own heart waveform to Mr Shapps, who was surprised at the detailed beat-to-beat output that it generated.
Mr Shapps said, “After I got the opportunity to experience Tarilian’s sensor in operation, I was really impressed with this exciting high technology enterprise. I could not be more pleased that they are developing this technology right on our doorstep here in Welwyn Garden City. It is incredibly important that medical technology companies like Tarilian Laser Technologies can develop and expand locally, as their impact will be seen in jobs and economic prosperity for our future.”
Dr Shah commented: “We were delighted with the visit from a key minister and the very kind appreciation he gave for TLT’s success in creating a paradigm shift in the industry. We look forward to working with the UK government in the future and establishing a strong development and manufacturing presence within Hertfordshire.”
Minister Grant Shapps meets TLT CEO Dr Sandeep Shah and Programme Director Nita Shah