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?

If you answered YES to any one of these questions, then book yourself a space at the NIHR SME MedTech Roadshow taking place in Manchester on 9th October 2019.

You can register through Eventbrite, here.

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.

Outline programme:

9.30: Coffee

10:00: Introduction – Dr Andrew Barber, Chair – NIHR Senior Programme Manager

10:10: Keynote speaker – Professor Curtis Dobson – Chairman of MicroBiosensor

“Generating Real Impact from Translational Research”

The keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Curtis Dobson, Chairman of MicroBiosensor. In addition to having co-invented rapid diagnostic technology for improved microbial infection detection, Curtis also runs the successful Medical Device Biology Group at the University of Manchester. He has over fifteen years’ experience of managing university spin-out companies in various senior roles, and is a consultant to several major European and US medical device companies, having raised over £15m in seed and VC Investment and translational research funding in his career.

10:30: NIHR supporting Research & Innovation – Dr Kat Horner – NIHR Senior Programme Manager

  • Medtech landscape and the NIHR
  • Access to expertise & facilities, NOCRI, CRN, RDS and STP
  • Access to funding

10:45: NIHR’s Invention for Innovation (i4i) Funding Programmes – Martin Hunt – Scientific Programme Director for the NIHR i4i programme

  • Connect, Product Development Awards and Challenge Funding
  • Scope and guidelines
  • Application process and support

11.00: SBRI Healthcare Funding Programme – Dr Freddy Guemeni – Innovations Senior Programme Manager

11:10: Refreshments and networking

11:30: Local Academic & Clinical support

UMI³ – Andy Wilkinson – CEO of UMI³ Ltd.: The University of Manchester Innovation Company – “Taking Your Technology or Device to Market”

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

Health Innovation Manchester (HInM) – Dr Paul Hanmer – Programme Lead, HInM: Regional support available for SMEs, including support for NHS adoption & commercialisation

12:00: Presentations from regional SMEs who have received local and national support

12:30: Morning session summary

12:45: Lunch (will be provided)

Exhibition stands in refreshment areas (e.g. NIHR, HInM, Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), A Local Clinical Research Network, plus many more)

13:45: Workshops with Key NIHR, HInM and UMI³ members

You will also have the opportunity to attend workshops that will focus on your specific areas of interest chosen by you. On the next page you will have the opportunity to select the sessions most relevant to your company:

  • Pitch a project to a MedTech funder
  • How to write a successful application
  • Constructing a business case and value proposition
  • Guidance on NHS Procurement
  • Health economics advice
  • The changing world of Medical Device Regulations
  • Advice on Spin-out formation
  • What is impact and how can you plan for it?
  • Help with accessing the NIHR/NHS infrastructure
  • Engaging with patients and the public
  • Intellectual Property advice

15:15: Networking opportunity

16:00: Close