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Our family has quite an extraordinary story. It begins in the 1950s when Eric Paxman, the father of our current chairman Glenn, invented the beer cooling system for breweries. For the next 30 years, the family was hugely successful in developing award-winning cooling products and systems.

The Paxman Scalp Cooling System, also known as the ‘cold cap’, was designed using the family’s refrigeration expertise when Glenn Paxman’s wife began losing her hair whilst receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer. She was treated with an early version of a cold cap, but unfortunately the cooling therapy did not work for her. Glenn, realizing how traumatic the subsequent hair loss was, developed a system that worked. After years of research and development, Glenn and his brother Neil built the first prototype of the Paxman Scalp Cooling System that was installed at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 1997.

“Finally there is an alternative to hair loss during chemotherapy.”

The Paxman company was established soon after to carry out extensive trials and further testing. In the 10 years that followed, several hundreds of cold cap systems were produced, treating many thousands of patients and giving hope to people across the country. There was finally an alternative to hair loss during chemotherapy – a cost-effective system that worked and was widely embraced by doctors, nurses and patients alike. Problems previously associated with cold therapy treatments had been completely eliminated.

Today, the Paxman Scalp Cooling System is used extensively throughout the UK in both NHS hospitals, private clinics and home healthcare sectors and is well established in many other countries across Europe. As a British manufacturer, our main office and facilities are based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, however we have expanded our capabilities to meet the current and future global demand for our scalp cooling system.

Our premises house a multitude of engineering skills and expertise, alongside a dedicated service for patients, customers, distributors and our international scalp cooling network. With the Paxman cold cap system currently on trial and evaluation in multiple continents, we hope to unite and empower many more patients, professionals and other people all over the world.

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