Health Enterprise East (HEE) is pleased to report on the company’s first ever MedTech FUTURES Conference. The event was held at the Wellcome Trust, Genome Campus, Hinxton Hall, Cambridge, where more than 120 attendees gathered bright and early on the morning of October 31st to hear an inspiring welcome speech by science writer and broadcaster, Vivienne Parry OBE.
Participants then had the opportunity to watch a number of presentations on emerging medtech trends, and enjoy an exclusive first look at some of the innovations currently in development from HEE’s member NHS Trusts and partners. Speakers included Mark Slack, Medical Director at CMR Surgical, who delivered a fascinating speech about how minimal access surgery will transform patient care, Laurence Pearce, founder of health technology business xim, who presented his thoughts on the radical new technology improving vital signs monitoring and Andrew Laidlaw, Deep Learning Specialist at IBM, who got the audience involved with his interactive live demo of some of the technology on offer from IBM.
The day culminated with the HEE voucher competition where inventors from HEE member Trusts behind five shortlisted innovative projects pitched their ideas live on stage to the audience and a panel of judges in a bid to win a £5,000 innovation voucher.
The five inventors who took part in the competition included Michael Linnett, from Anglian Community Enterprise, Richard-Howard Griffin, from East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, Dr. Aslam Shiraz, from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, David James, from University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Derick Mendonca, from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Aslam Shiraz, pictured 2nd from right, was proclaimed the winner for his novel cervical screening patch that focuses on the detection of disease rather than just the detection of HPV DNA. Dr Aslam Shiraz, commented: “The novel cervical screening patch will not only prevent women from having unnecessary or intrusive treatment but it also has the potential to alleviate pressure on the NHS by reducing unnecessary referrals. I am honoured to have been selected as the winner of the HEE voucher competition, and will use the prize money to help continue development of this technology, for the future benefit of patients and the health service.”
Dr Anne Blackwood, CEO of HEE, commented: “Health Enterprise East’s first MedTech FUTURES Conference provided delegates with a jam-packed day of captivating speeches and engaging debate about the most important trends affecting medtech right now and what to expect in coming years. It was really great to hear first-hand from a host of impressive individuals and companies in the industry about their experiences and visions for the future.
“The MedTech FUTURES conference provided a much-needed platform for medtech professionals to share insights with the wider healthcare community, which is one way to help accelerate the development of potentially life-saving innovations for use in the NHS. We look forward to hosting many more MedTech FUTURES conferences in the future.”