NIHR North West SME MedTech Roadshow - Manchester Science Park

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Manchester Science Park

Bright Building

Pencroft Way


M15 6GZ

United Kingdom

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Are you a MedTech SME? Do you need help taking your technology to the next stage of development? Do you need funding or free expert advice?

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The one-day event will offer you an explanation of the support that you can receive from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and other local partner organisations. This will include practical advice on the funding programmes that the NIHR run that are available for SMEs. You will hear from representatives from some of the companies that we have helped who will be sharing their experiences, tips and advice from an SME perspective.

You will also have the opportunity to ask your burning questions to our experts in sessions that will focus on your specific areas of interest, ensuring that you leave the day armed with the information that you need to drive your commercial project.

Final Agenda

9.30: Arrival and coffee

10:00: Introduction - Dr Andrew Barber, Chair (NIHR Senior Programme Manager)

10:10: Keynote - "Generating Real Impact from Translational Research" - Professor Curtis Dobson (Chairman of MicroBiosensor)

The keynote presentation will focus on the background and development of two Manchester University MedTech SMEs with different technologies and contrasting routes to market. Curtis will discuss some of the difficulties encountered, how these were overcome and the lessons learned. The benefits and challenges for early-stage innovators in pursuing technology commercialisation will also be highlighted.

Session One: National Support for MedTech Innovation

10:30: NIHR Support for MedTech Innovation - Dr Kat Horner (NIHR Senior Programme Manager)

An overview of the NIHR MedTech landscape, including ways for SMEs to access expertise & facilities and how the NIHR can support SMEs to set up and deliver clinical trials.

10:45: NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Funding Programme - Martin Hunt (Scientific Programme Director for the NIHR i4i Programme)

Insight into the NIHR i4i Programme and its offering to SMEs, including a description of the various funding streams, programme scope and eligibility; the application process and some top-tips for applying.

11:00: SBRI Healthcare Funding Programme - Freddy Guemeni (Innovation Senior Programme Manager)

An introduction to NHS England’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare Programme.

11:10: Case Study One: DeepMed IO - “DeepMed’s Journey to Computational Pathology” - Dr Konstantinos Vougas (Managing Director)

Konstantinos will describe the company’s funded project to developing deep learning powered software for automating the Nottingham Grading System for breast cancer grading and how the company has benefited from its grant funding.

11:25: Refreshments and networking

An opportunity to visit exhibition stands:

  • NIHR MedTech Funding programmes
  • Health Innovation Manchester (HInM)
  • NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and Digital Technology Accelerator (DITA)
  • NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN)
  • HealthTec Cluster
  • HealthTech Connect, NICE
  • NIHR MedTech and In Vitro Diagnostic Cooperatives (MICs)

Session two: Regional and Local support for MedTech Innovation

11:45: UMI³ - “Taking Your Technology or Device to Market” - Andy Wilkinson - CEO of UMI³ Ltd.

How the University’s tech transfer organisation engages with the market, academics, funding bodies and investors to create new medical or digital health technology spin-out businesses.

12:00 - Case Study Two: Clin-e-cal - “Sounds like a good idea: building a business from concept to commercial reality” - Lizzie Crawford (CEO) and Tariq Aslam (Founder)

Clin-e-cal is a University of Manchester spin-out founded by ophthalmologist Tariq Aslam. Their mission is to develop tools to empower patients using inhaler medication to improve understanding and self-management. Using its unique Sound Response technology to interpret how people use inhale medication, the company is taking a highly collaborative approach and has relationships with medical device and pharmaceutical companies. The company is funded through equity investments and boosted with grant funding.

12:15 - Health Innovation Manchester - Dr Paul Hanmer (Programme Lead) HInM - “Support available for Medtech Innovators in Greater Manchester”

This talk will cover the background and need for innovation in the NHS and signpost the regional support available to assist the development, commercialisation and adoption of MedTech Innovations.

12:30: Case Study Three: - Zilico Ltd - "Next generation cancer diagnostic devices and surgical tools company” – Christine Davies (Marketing Manager)

Christine will give a brief overview of Zilico, a medical device and surgical tools company. Its flagship product, ZedScan is on the market in several NHS and international hospitals within the cervical cancer diagnostic pathway. Like many innovations, this came from a chance conversation, in this case between two professors of medical physics and gynaecology respectively. Her story will cover addressing the clinical need, robust science solution, and how numerous organisations have helped bring this innovation to market.

12:40 Case Study Four – Xploro Ltd - “Xploro, empowering young patients with information” - Dom Raban (Co-Founder and CEO)

In his talk, Dom will describe the experience that led him to develop Xploro and outline the importance that public funding and clinical evaluation have played in getting the product ready for market and equity investment.

12:50: Morning session summary

12:55: Lunch (will be provided)

An opportunity to visit exhibition stands and interact with key members of organisations relevant to you.

Session Three: Workshops for MedTech Innovators

13:55: Workshops with Key NIHR, HInM, UMI³ members and special guest

Workshops have been chosen based on registrant choice, please use sign-up sheets at the entrance.

1. Pitch a project to a MedTech funder - Dr Andrew Barber & Dr Kat Horner (Senior Programme Managers in Innovation)

2. How to write a successful application - Freddy Guemeni (Senior Programme Manager in Innovation)

3. Help with accessing the NHS/NIHR Infrastructure - Dr Jelena Polajeva (Business Development Manager, NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure) & Aisha Wamala (Research Officer in Innovation)

4. Guidance on NHS Procurement - Dr Paul Hanmer (Programme Lead, Health Innovation Manchester)

5. Engaging with patients and the public - Dr Mark Taylor - (Head of Impact, NIHR & member of the British Medical Journal’s Patient Panel)

6. Intellectual Property advice - Dr Anna Gregson (Partner, UK & European Patent Attorney, Mathys & Squire)

7. Constructing a business case and value proposition - Kevin Moreton (Senior Project Manager, Digital Navigator, Health Innovation Manchester)

15:30: Networking opportunity

16:00: Close

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Manchester Science Park

Bright Building

Pencroft Way


M15 6GZ

United Kingdom

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