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Member of IMI as Business Competition Finalist

Professional medical illustrator and member of IMI Joanna Culley, has had her new business regarding medical art selected as one of the international finalists for the ‘Open to Export Action Plan’ competition. This is regarding The Medical Stock Images Company (MSIC).  

The Medical Stock Images Company only launched its website, in April this year and is still in its infancy. Running the business with her husband and business partner Tim Butler, The Medical Stock Images Company’s entire business plan is export orientated and its intention as an ecommerce site is to sell top quality stock medical images for commercial use. Having identified North America as its primary initial market, their business plan is to supply a digital product where distance isn’t a barrier to trade. Founded with the view to enhance the quality and availability of stock medical illustrations and medical imagery through only using certified medical artists and photographers.

From the thousands of businesses that are members of the Open to Export organization including the MSIC, they selected only 10 finalists to present on stage. To be held at the prestigious International Festival of Business for its ‘Open to Export Action Plan Competition’ on the 30th June in Liverpool, as finalists Joanna and Tim will have only 10 minutes to present their business and export plan in the most engaging way possible to heads of business across the UK, after which, they will be subject to 5 minutes of intense questioning by an expert judging panel!

The business has been working intensely with UKTI on their Passport to Export programme throughout its development. John Goldsbrough of UKTI said of The Medical Stock Images Company:

“It is these innovative, knowledge based businesses that can really drive UK export potential. The creative sector has always been very strong in the UK and this business gives a fantastic marketplace to this niche sector.”

If you are a qualified medical artist or photographer and a member of IMI and wish to enquire about selling and licensing your image catalogue on a potentially internationally winning business, then you can visit us here and get in contact with us here

You can find more general information on the Medical Stock Images Company on the website – and if you want more information about the  Open to Export visit –


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