D4D partner of the BIN@Sheffield conference – 10 November 2014

The University of Sheffield will be hosting the 5th international BIN@ conference at the Showroom Workstation in Sheffield on November 10th, 11th and 12th 2014. Devices for Dignity (D4D) will participate as one of the partners involved in the organisation of the event.

BIN@ is an informal international network of partners from across industry, academia, investment, incubation, business development and economic development agencies supporting the sharing of good practice and knowledge and promoting open innovation.

On the 11th November, D4D experts will participate in the “Health Design Hack” workshop. Two patient unmet needs validated by D4D will be analysed by workshop participants, who will be grouped into multi-disciplinary teams including clinicians, medical engineers and designers. The goal of the workshop is to create innovative concepts of devices that solve the patient need.

On the 12th November, D4D will lead the action tank “Improving patient care & outcomes” to discuss the process from the identification of unmet patient needs to the adoption of solutions to address these needs. Experts from D4D will describe the key factors essential to successful innovation in healthcare and will use real-world examples of successful collaborations delivering new medical devices and impacting patient care. Academic researchers, health professionals, companies and patients are invited to come along to discuss the pathway to successful healthcare innovation and discover how they can participate and be involved in the design, development and evaluation of new healthcare technologies bringing real solutions to patient need.

More information: www.binsheffield2014.com

National meeting to address technological application in colorectal disease – 21 August 2013

A new national centre for innovation in colorectal therapies is hosting its inaugural ‘annual event’ to stimulate novel and exciting ideas to advance patient care.

The event, entitled ‘Accelerating technology for patient benefit in colorectal disease‘, will be held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, in October – and brings together world leading speakers, scientists and engineers.

The National Institute for Health Research Colorectal Therapies Healthcare Technology Co-operative (NIHR Colorectal Therapies HTC) based at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of eight national HTCs funded by the NIHR. HTCs have been created to address a gap in the medical technologies innovation pathway. By bringing together partners from the NHS, academia, industry, funders, and patients and public, the HTCs will generate new ideas and interventions that target areas of unmet clinical need.

Following a successful regional launch in May, the NIHR Colorectal Therapies HTC is looking to expand its network and reach out to open-minded and innovative individuals and organisations to drive the development of new technologies for application in colorectal disease.

The HTC will focus on three key areas for development in Colorectal Therapies: nanotechnology, biosensing and engineering. The HTC will stimulate blue-sky thinking to generate new ideas to be taken through concept development and evaluation, to funding and commercial partnerships.

The HTC is currently working on projects with several SMEs in the Yorkshire region and wishes to expand its commercial links across the UK technology network.

The national event, which is free of charge, is open to broad-minded clinicians with a passion for advancing colorectal therapies, creative scientists and engineers wishing to apply or expand their expertise in this clinical area, industry partners involved in materials or device technologies, and patients with real-life experience of colorectal disease.

Plenary lectures will be delivered by high-profile speakers, including:

  • Sir Mark Welland, Head of the Nanoscience Centre, Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Professor Welland has previously served as Chief Scientific Advisor in the UK Ministry of Defence and will be speaking about what technology has done to advance the medical sector and its future potential, with a specific focus on nanotechnology.
  • Dr Larry Nagahara, Director of the Office of Physical Sciences-Oncology and National Cancer Institute in the USA. He will be speaking about his experience of setting up centres in the US, similar to HTCs, for engaging physical scientists and clinicians to develop new technologies for the treatment of cancer.
  • Dr Richard Satava, Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the University of Washington Medical Centre and Senior Scientific Advisor to US Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC) is a pioneer in surgical robotics and telemedicine and will be speaking about future technological advancements in medicine, with a specific focus on surgical application.

Professor David Jayne, of the University of Leeds and Clinical Director of the NIHR Colorectal Therapies HTC said: “This meeting will bring together the best experts from engineering and science to apply their knowledge to areas of unmet clinical need identified by NHS clinicians and patients and the public. It will be a fascinating day leading to fruitful partnerships that will develop the next generation of innovative treatments for patients with colorectal disease.”

The NIHR Colorectal Therapies HTC inaugural event will take place at the Leeds Royal Armouries on 17 October 2013 (http://www.royalarmouries.org).
For details and to book your free place please visit: http://www.colorectaltherapieshtc.eventbrite.co.uk or follow the HTC on Twitter @ColorectalHTC to keep updated.