President Xi announces deal between Essex & Chinese medical imaging companies

President Xi Jinping meets UK businesses on trip to the UKThe recent Presidential State Visit by China's Leader Xi Jinping saw a major announcement by the UK Government for Cerno Health, an Essex based company with offices in Chelmsford.

The Government confirmed that Shanghai based United Imaging Healthcare (UIH) has selected Cerno Health to be their exclusive distributor for the UK and The Republic of Ireland:

Gary Disley, Managing Director of Cerno Health was understandably delighted, "This marks the first time that UIH has appointed an overseas distributer for their state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment outside of mainland China and the deal has been valued by the Government to benefit the UK economy by £58 million over five years. We're confident that this significant opportunity for Cerno Health will achieve financial savings for the NHS whilst improving patient care."

Cerno Health was invited by the Government to attend the prestigious UK - China Business Summit held at Mansion House in London where those present included the Secretary of State for Business, Skills, and Innovation - Sajid Javid MP, renowned Physicist Professor Brian Cox, Alibaba Founder Jack Ma, and both President Xi and the British Prime Minister David Cameron.

From more than two hundred potential deals that could have been announced by the Government just a dozen were highlighted on the day and they included Cerno's agreement with UIH. The Minister for Life Sciences, George Freeman MP made the announcement, commenting that it was important that trade deals went both ways and that along with exporting British knowledge we were also benefitting from the latest Chinese technology coming into the country, as with Cerno's agreement with UIH.

UIH and the medical imaging sector

Cancer detection and medical imaging are a vital part of any medical provision and treatment.  UIH are one of the worlds leading developers of medical imaging equipment providing diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy equipment.

Their product development work and resultant equipment delivers a business model that not only provides the most up to date technical advancements but also significant savings to the UK’s NHS.

Through its work with Cerno Health it is able to offer the NHS a 20% reduction in current costs and an alternative in a market that is dominated by a small number of global leading providers.  This is of major significance for the NHS who are facing sizeable overspends.

"The NHS is admired around the world and this is a core reason why UIH were keen to work with Cerno Health in the UK to take their products beyond mainland China for the first time. By harnessing the innovation and reliability demonstrated by UIH the NHS has an opportunity to benefit from the very latest technology at a markedly lower price than is currently offered by the big three imaging equipment providers."

Gary Disley, MD, Cerno Health

Cerno Health

Cerno Health, and their MD Gary Disley, have significant pedigree in the software and technology markets along with specialisms in medical broadcasting. They initially met UIH on a trade visit to China organised by UKTI whilst demonstrating the Cerno Portal communication software. The resultant collaboration emerged from a mutual appreciation of the technology and market approaches.

Cerno Health is focused on delivering large-scale state-of-the-art medical imaging solutions. As the sole distributor of United Imaging Healthcare (UIH) equipment for the UK and Republic of Ireland Cerno is uniquely placed to offer a real alternative to Trusts for their imaging needs.

Cerno has a flexible business model which offers Trusts the opportunity to have a new building constructed and maintained by Cerno - housing eight state of the art UIH imaging machines with no upfront capital cost.

The flexibility extends to those Trusts who do not require a new purpose built facility on their site. For those Trusts Cerno is able to supply state of the art imaging equipment which can slot into existing rooms, once again with no upfront capital cost to the Trust.

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Peter Manning
Peter Manning

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Extensive 'in market' experience in China, India and the UK. 15 years in the fields of inward investment, international trade, international realtionships and business development. His experience of helping UK and Chinese businesses, universities and governments do business together has given Peter detailed knowledge of how to do business in China and a wide range of contacts. Peter has an MBA from Henley Business School (Reading University), and was awarded an OBE in 2019 in the New Year’s Honours List for UK/China Relations.