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Rethinking MedTech Collaborations

Virtual Northern MedTech Summit

28th January 2021 9.30am- 1.30pm

The Virtual Northern MedTech Summit 2021 is an exciting initiative powered by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical MedTech Co-operative, the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) and Empact Ventures. 

It aims to showcase and raise awareness of the North’s position as a MedTech cluster for public and private sector organisations of all sizes while encouraging new collaborations to address the challenges in the healthcare sector today and tomorrow.

The event is open any individual, professional, academic, researchers, clinicians, tech startup, scale-up, SME, corporate, funder or patient who will be super connected by Empact Ventures to people, organisations and opportunities to address their challenges, needs and interests.

Our collective goals of the summit are to:

  • To showcase the North as a leading MedTech Cluster by raising awareness of its world-class infrastructure, support and networks available

  • To foster new collaborations within and across the North and beyond 

  • To focus on building a stronger foundation in a post-COVID-19 world to future-proof the UK Healthcare System

  • To create and stimulate new discussions around the challenges, trends and needs in today’s new normal

  • To bring new perspectives and approaches from other industries to the healthcare sector

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How It Works

28th January 2021; 9.30am - 1:30pm

     1.Keynote Speakers: This will feature high-calibre industry leaders to share their experience on building a MedTech Cluster

     2. Fireside Chat: This will feature a MedTech champion from the North and dive in to their journey and the learnings

     3. Roundtable Discussion (x8): These will take place across 2 x 45 minute sessions covering 8 topics 

     4. Digital Exhibition: This will feature 40 MedTech startups, scale-ups and support organisations from across the UK available to connect

     5. MedTech Showcase: This will feature 5 MedTech startups / scale-ups to share their progress and welcome new collaborations

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We are one of eleven Medtech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operatives (MICs) funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to act as a centres of expertise that focus on clinical areas of high morbidity and unmet need for NHS patients. Working collaboratively with patients and patient groups, charities, industry, clinicians and academics.

NHSA represent world-class health and life sciences across the North of England. The Northern Health Science Alliance is the North of England’s health partnership, across a population of 16 million people, bringing together ten universities, ten research-intensive NHS Trusts and four Academic Health Science Networks.

Empact Ventures are Super Connectors who open the right doors at the right time to help the right people and organisations achieve the right mutual outcomes. We co design National Initiatives, Scout and Connect the right innovation and business development opportunities that match the needs of our clients

Roundtable Sessions

Our Leading Industry Experts will host 8 roundtable discussions for you to join throughout the event

Roundtable 1 – The Future of MedTech in the UK in Today’s ‘New Normal’ Created by COVID-19
This will feature a mixture of facilitators, companies, clinicians, academics, as well as patients across the UK with COVID-19

Roundtable 2 – The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and MedTech in Healthcare
This will feature a mixture of AI MedTech specialists from the private and public sector covering topics such as AI-driven diagnostics

Roundtable 3 – The Challenges, Trends & Opportunities faced by MedTech Companies in the North
This will feature a mixture of existing MedTech Startups from around the North, (e.g. Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Middlesborough, Liverpool) which are a mixture of pre-seed and seed stage startups, scale-ups (Series A-D), SMEs and corporates in the private and public sector.

Roundtable 4 – Improving Patient Outcomes through the Latest Surgical Innovations
Chaired by NIHR, this will cover Diagnostics for Surgery, AR/VR Use in Surgery, Applications of 3D Visualisation techniques in surgery, the application of robotics in surgery and the use of wearable technology in surgical education and clinical practice

Roundtable 5 – Overcoming Procurement Challenges to Maximise MedTech Adoption
This will discuss how Medtech SMEs can better prepare to successfully enter this particular market. How to get your companies innovative products noticed and adopted and ensure their products are routinely used and not pushed aside after a pilot evaluation.

Roundtable 6 – Adopting Innovation Beyond MedTech & New Thinking in Healthcare Today
This will discuss how public and private sector have found amazing ways to adapt their products, process and approach to support and revolutionise the MedTech industry

Roundtable 7 – Adapting to MedTech Regulations
This will discuss the regulations that changing and will introduce significant changes in the regulatory infrastructure of the MedTech sector, what this means and how to adapt.

Roundtable 8  – Growing the Northern Medtech Cluster – What needs to happen

Our Partners

Our Speakers

Vee Mapunde

Programme Director

NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative

Vee Mapunde is the Programme Director of the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative based in Leeds which supports technology development, translation and evidence generation.  She is responsible for overall operations management, support for the Director and the Theme leads, as well as strategy implementation & translational project selection.

Neil Sebire

Chief Research Information Officer for Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Neil Sebire is Professor of Pathology at UCL Great Ormond Street Hospital Institute of Child Health, and Chief Research Information Officer and Director of the Digital Research, Informatics and Virtual Environment (DRIVE) Unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. He has previously chaired and served on numerous National Committees including RCPath, RCOG and CCLG National Tissue Bank.


Victoria Lennox

Board Member

University of Oxford Commission for AI & Good Governance

An entrepreneurial executive and policy leader, Ms. Lennox has propelled Canada onto the global stage as an ‘Innovation Nation’, as the founder of Startup Canada, the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation and the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE). Ms. Lennox has designed, built and operationalized values-based ecosystems, clusters, networks and organizations that persist as institutions within the fabric of Canada’s and the UK’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems.

Dr Christopher Herbert

Director of Operations, Research & Innovation at The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Christopher is an experienced Business Development professional with a focus on the translation and commercialisation of biomedical research who has worked in a variety of positions within the medical device, gene therapy and regenerative medicine (specifically cell therapy) sectors. He now leads the operational management of Research and Innovation at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; the second largest NHS Trust and one of the top recruiters to clinical trials in the UK.

Harry Thirkettle

Senior Medical Advisor at MyMHealth & Former Scientific Editor of European Medical Journal


Helen Hoyland

Programme Lead – Innovation & Relationships

Roland Singer-Kingsmith

Solutions for an Ageing Society

Impact Area Lead



Ben Martyn

Cluster Development Manager


Richard Brady

Communications Chair ESCP

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Dr Phil Carvil

HealthTec Cluster Development Manager (Science & Technology Facilities Council)

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Ian Sharp

Managing Director of Future Health Innovations


Dr Will Bolton

Clinical Research Fellow of the University of Leeds & Leader of the NIHR MedTech Foundation