Rayner Surgical Group wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2020

Rayner, the manufacturer of the world’s first Intraocular Lens (IOL), has been recognised for its excellence in innovation by winning the esteemed and internationally recognised Queen’s Award for Enterprise (QAE) for its RayOne fully preloaded IOL injection system, designed to create the smallest fully preloaded IOL incision during cataract surgery.

Now in its 54th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country and Rayner (a previous winner of the award in 2009) is one of only 220 organisations nationally to be honoured with the achievement.

Rayner CEO, Tim Clover, said “The success of RayOne has been a remarkable journey which dates back to 2009 when our in-house engineering and R&D teams first started investigating methods for 'rolling' a lens into a tight cylinder so that it could be injected through a small diameter nozzle of just 1.65 mm. This innovation was patented and trademarked as our ‘Lock & Roll’ technology. The RayOne project involved staff right across the business and required a major investment in a brand-new manufacturing facility in Worthing to produce the new injector and lenses. I know the whole Rayner team share my pride in this award, being once again recognised as one of the UK’s most innovative companies.”

Later this year, representatives from Rayner will attend an exclusive reception at Buckingham Palace.

The Lord-Lieutenant of the County of Sussex, Her Majesty The Queen’s local representative, will also visit Rayner to present the award.