The MedTech FUTURES conference returns to Cambridge on 19 October 2022 with a huge line up of speakers, including some of the biggest names in health and technology.

The conference offers delegates a unique opportunity to hear from some of the leading experts in the fastest-growing areas of health and assistive technology, alongside the perspective of clinicians on where the opportunities are for tech growth and adoption within the NHS.

This year’s MedTech FUTURES conference, sponsored by Venner Shipley, will be held at Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridgeshire.

Speakers include: Dr Pegah Salahshouri, Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Papworth NHS Foundation Trust; Dr Louise Jopling from the Eastern Academic Health Science Network; Dr Robert Tansley from Cambridge Innovation Capital; and representatives from the University of Cambridge, Age UK, and BIVDA.

Dr Tansley will be sharing advice and insider knowledge on how innovators can best position themselves to secure funding and support from the hard-to-penetrate Cambridge innovation cluster, a free-to-access large data tool monitoring the region’s growth over time, bringing together research excellence, skills, flexible working space, investment and support services.

Anne Blackwood, HTE CEO, commented: “The diverse speaker programme for this year is really exciting for visitors; we have some of the biggest names in technology and innovation, alongside some of the leading names in healthcare, science, education and venture capital funds on our stage to talk about ground-breaking and life-enhancing areas of medical technology.

“The MedTech FUTURES conference will be an opportunity for innovators to learn directly from frontline clinicians about the current challenges they are facing in the healthcare system, and the key details that they must consider when developing new MedTech solutions.”

The full agenda includes:

  • Dr Pegah Salahshouri, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Papworth NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Anna Moore, Clinical Lecturer of Child Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Louise Jopling, Commercial Director Eastern Academic Health Science Network
  • Dr Lis Boulton, Health and Care Policy Manager, Age UK
  • Dr Robert Tansley, Partner, Cambridge Innovation Capital
  • Stuart Angell, Chair of Regulatory Working Affairs Party at BIVDA

Delegates will also have the choice of attending three masterclass sessions during the day, benefitting from the expertise of health technology consultancy Health Tech Enterprise (HTE).

The sessions will be run by HTE team members and partner organisations, covering areas including: IP & Commercialisation Strategies for MedTech Innovators; Health Economics – How to Prove your Innovation Provides Value-for-Money; and Product Development Pitfalls – And How to Avoid them.

The conference will culminate in an awards ceremony for the winners of HTE’s Innovation Voucher competition. It rewards the most novel ideas in medtech innovation with a voucher worth approximately £3,000 of in-kind support from e.g. technology, in addition to support from the HTE team, including design reviews, user or product requirement specifications, and ideation workshops.

Dr Karen Law, Head of Innovation at Health Tech Enterprise, said: “Our MedTech Innovation Voucher competition will celebrate and reward the most novel medical innovations, and I am looking forward to announcing this year’s winners at the conference.

“The time in-kind supports the innovators behind the technologies to refine their designs, to then enable the manufacture of prototypes for feasibility testing. Applications are open until 3rd October 2022, and I encourage all NHS staff at HTE member Trusts to submit their ideas.”

For further information about the conference and to book tickets, visit the Health Tech Enterprise.

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