Enabling HealthTech through the NIHR - demystifying the process

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Are you a Medtech SME based in the East of England looking for support to get your innovative Medical Device, Diagnostic or Digital Health Tech to market?

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About the event

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative working in partnership with the CW Healthcare SIG, invite you to apply for a place at this roadshow specifically tailored for medtech SMEs based in the East of England to find out more about the local NIHR Infrastructure:

  • opportunities for non-dilutive funding
  • how we can help SMEs to formulate research plans, find collaborators, supporting centres, data, samples and facilities for R&D
  • how we can support SMEs to conduct clinical trials in the NHS
  • connecting you to other organisations that can help
  • how we fit into the wider health innovation ecosystem nationally and internationally

This is one of a series of events that will take place across the country. Future events will be publicised on the NIHR website when the venues and dates are finalised.

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #Healthcare.

In collaboration with NIHR National Institute for Health and Care Research

The NIHR funds, enables and delivers world-leading health and social care research that improves people's health and wellbeing, and promotes economic growth.

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In collaboration with NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative

The NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative provides a “go-to” centre of expertise for understanding the Acquired or Traumatic Brain injury care pathway.

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The information supplied below may be subject to change before the event.


Registration and networking with refreshments


Welcome and introduction to Healthcare SIG: Paul Crane, CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)


Session 1: Overview – NIHR and the Innovation Landscape: How can NIHR help you? Dr Ian Newington, Assistant Director, Innovations, NIHR (National Institute for Health and Care Research) Commissioning Centre

Session to be chaired by Laurence Weir, Healthcare SIG Champion


Case study: CORTIRO – The Journey to NIHR i4i Product Development Award, Patrick Beldon, CEO & Founder


Case study: Help to Run a Clinical Trial, Heather Phillips, Industry Operations Manager, NIHR Clinical Research Network East of England


Q & A


Aligning patient needs with scalable technology solutions: Professor Peter Hutchinson, Honorary Director of NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative


Your local NIHR services - 90 second pitches from East of England NIHR infrastructure including:

1. NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre
2. NIHR Brain Injury MIC
3. NIHR EoE Research Design Service
4. NIHR EoE Applied Research Centre
5. NIHR EoE Clinical Research Network
6. Eastern Academic Health Science Network
7. Health Tech Enterprise


Morning wrap-up and introduction to breakout sessions


Refreshments and networking


Session 2: Interactive Zone - Breakouts and 121s (booking required). Breakout session 1. Choose the right session for you:

• Sources of funding – NIHR Innovation
• Access to experts – NIHR Expertise Partnering Service
• Running your clinical trial – NIHR Clinical Research Network
• Route to commercialisation – Health Tech Enterprise & Eastern Academic Health Sciences Network


Breakout session 2. Choose the right session for you:

• Sources of funding – NIHR Innovation
• Access to experts – NIHR Expertise Partnering Service
• Running your clinical trial – NIHR Clinical Research Network
• Route to commercialisation – Health Tech Enterprise & Eastern Academic Health Sciences Network


Lunch and networking


121 sessions – your opportunity to find out what you want to know from:

1. NIHR Innovations (including i4i)
2. NHS England Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)
3. NIHR Expertise Partnering Service
4. NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre
5. NIHR Brain Injury MIC
6. NIHR EoE Research Design Service
7. NIHR EoE Applied Research Centre
8. NIHR EoE Clinical Research Network
9. Eastern Academic Health Science Network
10. Health Tech Enterprise


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Patrick Beldon - CEO & Co-Founder, CORTIRIO

Patrick is the co-founder and CEO of Cortirio, a company developing wearable, portable brain imaging to diagnose brain injuries at the point of care.

Peter Hutchinson - Honorary Director, NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative

Peter Hutchinson BSc (Hons), MBBS, PhD (Cantab), FRCS (Surg Neurol), FMedSci, is Professor of Neurosurgery, NIHR Research Professor and Head of the Division of Academic Neurosurgery within the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge. He is Director of Clinical Studies at Robinson College, Cambridge.

He holds an Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon post at Addenbrooke’s Hospital with a sub-specialist interest in the management of neuro-trauma, specifically head and traumatic brain injury. He has a research interest in acute brain injury, utilising multimodality monitoring technology (measurement of pressure, oxygenation and chemistry) to increase the understanding of the pathophysiology of brain injury, and in the investigation and treatment of concussion. He also leads the international RESCUE studies evaluating the role of decompressive craniectomy in traumatic brain injury.

He was awarded the Olivecrona Prize (the “Nobel Prize for Neurosurgery”) for his work on cerebral metabolism in acute brain injury. He has co-authored over 400 publications (including NEJM, Lancet and Brain) and been lead applicant in over £10m of research grants (including MRC and NIHR). He is joint editor of the book “Head Injury – A Multidisciplinary Approach” and the Oxford Textbook of Neurological Surgery, the first edition of which is currently in preparation.

He is also President of Clinical Neurosciences Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons Neurosurgical Specialty lead for clinical trials, Chair of the Academic Committee of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons, Secretary of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies, Treasurer of the International Neurotrauma Society, Neurosurgical Representative on the NICE head guidelines development group and Chief Medical Officer for the Formula One British Grand Prix.

Ian Newington - Assistant Director, Innovations, NIHR National Institute for Health and Care Research

Having led the i4i Programme Team until July, Ian now heads up Special Projects and medtech SME engagement in the CCF Innovations team. He also manages a portfolio of funded projects across i4i and Health Innovation Challenge Fund (HICF) and the contract for the NIHR Innovation Observatory. Prior to this, a DPhil (Oxon) in chemistry led to Ian joining Kodak Ltd, becoming a Principal Scientist in the European R&D labs, followed by 9 years at GE Healthcare Life Sciences, Imaging R&D, leading the Discovery portfolio for molecular imaging in neurodegenerative disease. Ian is a (co-)inventor on 38 patent applications.

Heather Phillips - Industry Operations Manager, NIHR Clinical Research Network East of England

I have 30 years of experience in the delivery of clinical trials, in clinical and managerial positions. My background is in research nursing, working on early and late phase trials and managing a large team of research delivery staff. More recently I have held regional research management roles within the NIHR East of England Clinical Research Network. My current role as Industry Operations Manager involves working across the region with partners in primary and secondary care and liaising with large and small to medium life science companies.

SIG Champions

Peter Ferguson - Director of Connected Health, Capgemini UK plc

Michael Morgan-Curran - CEO, Asclepius MedTech Ltd

Michael has a successful track-record in ethical pharmaceuticals, medical technologies and digital therapeutics. Working with some of the world’s best-known pharmaceutical, life science, medical device, telecoms and research organisations across EMEA, US and Latam, he has built and led teams accountable for market intelligence, strategy, marketing and commercialisation, product design, regulation and market authorisation, pharmacovigilance, clinical trial development, clinical effectiveness and health economics.

As CEO of start-up Asclepius MedTech Ltd; he and his team are building a platform for use in pre- and post-operative surgical assessment to support clinicians and surgical teams ameliorate shared decision-making and stratify patient care.

Daniel Nickalls - Consultant, TTP plc

Daniel is a TTP project leader focussed on decentralized healthcare solutions including the detection and treatment of chronic conditions at home. These projects cover the entire development lifecycle, from early-stage ideation and opportunity validation, through proof-of-concept development, to regulated device development for large-scale manufacture. Daniel particularly enjoys combining engineering insights, rigorous human-centred design and thorough business case validation to realise effective solutions.

Laurence Weir - Freelance, Unaffiliated

Since graduating in Engineering from Cambridge University in 2006, Laurence has worked for Broadcom, Cambridge Mechatronics, Illumina and PA Consulting, and Plextek Services Ltd. Due to the range of sectors Laurence has worked in, from smartphone technology to DNA sequencing, he has an appreciation for the different skills and expertise required to deliver multi-disciplinary engineering projects, as well as the applicable regulatory environments that exist. His experience in business development is coupled with technology leadership on projects and practical engineering delivery.

Mick Withers - SVP Commercial Business Development, Plextek

Involved in Technology consulting around Cambridge for the last 34 years, Previous roles include Managing Director at Sagentia, as well as a couple of stints at TTP, and 5 years helping TeraView transition from a startup to a product company. Now I am charged with helping Plextek diversify its service offering into the Commercial (i.e. non-defence) space.

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Chesterford Research Park, Little Chesterford, Cambridge CB10 1XL

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