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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 (x9): 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 9 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  – Levelling up in Medtech: Using Medtech innovation to tackle health inequalities and drive economic growth?
The North has a strong MedTech cluster – from medical devices, to digital health and service provision. What new ways of working are required to deliver the next generation of treatments for patients? How can we use the North’s strengths in Medtech to level up the region’s economy while tackling its significant health inequalities? Chaired by the NHSA this roundtable will cover the challenges and opportunities for levelling up in Medtech

Roundtable 9- The Future of Innovation: MedTech for trainees, early career professionals and students
This round table will cover how interdisciplinary students and trainees can contribute to delivering medtech innovation now and in the future. This group of the medtech workforce is critical for the UK Life Sciences Industry to achieve its strategic aims and ensure the UK remains at the leading edge of medtech innovation moving forwards. We will discuss opportunities to get involved in medtech, plus some of the latest advances from the MedTech Foundation and ASiT Innovation.

Our Partners

Our Virtual Exhibitors

Our Speakers

Professor Sir John Tooke (Key Note Speaker) 

Professor Sir John Tooke is a clinician scientist and graduate of Oxford University who trained at Kings College London, the University Department of Medicine at Leeds General Infirmary where he undertook his higher medical training, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and as a Wellcome Trust Senior Lecturer at Charing Cross Medical School in London. Until 2015 he was Vice Provost (Health) and Head of the School of Life and Medical Sciences at UCL and Academic Director of UCL’s Academic Health Science Centre, UCL Partners. Sir John is immediate past President of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Executive Chairman of Academic Health Solutions. He is also a board member of the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA).

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.


Julie Harrington



Julie is the CEO of Guts UK, the only UK charity to fund research into the digestive system from top to tail: the gut, liver and pancreas founded in 1971 as the Digestive Disorders Foundation. Since then, they have funded almost 300 projects and invested £14 million pounds into medical research that leads to better diagnoses and treatments for the millions of people who, like us, don’t have the luxury of taking our guts for granted. Julie is an experienced General Manager/Chief Executive with extensive experience in fundraising, development and income generation across the Third Sector for diverse brands including Oxfam and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.


Dr Ben Martyn

Cluster Development Manager, Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA)

Dr Ben Martyn is the Cluster Development Manager for the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA), a membership organisation acting to promote and develop the world-class life sciences cluster that exists across academia and the health service in the North of England. Ben’s role is to bring together clinical expertise, academia, industry and government to grow the Northern life sciences cluster, deliver the UK industrial strategy and raise the profile of the North of England internationally.

Kosta Mavroulakis, FRSA

Founder & CEO, Empact Ventures

Kosta is an award-winning global super-connector in the private, public and third sector who co-designs some of the leading technology initiatives in the UK and Europe. He is the Founder and CEO of Empact Ventures co-designing startup initiatives, scouting innovation for corporates and funders, and acting as a super-connector to many tech startups, scale-ups, and SMEs to get connected across the globe. In 2018, he co-founded the national Super Connect Series match-making events across 9 cities across England with Hays, which over the years has welcomed tech startups, scale-ups, and SMEs from India to pitch, exhibit, speak or attend its events and subsequently super connected them to those to address their challenges.

Harry Thirkettle

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


Alex Clay

Head of Founder Relations at Angels Den


Dr Christopher Herbert

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

Manuela Zimmermann

Innovation Programme officer


Richard Brady

Communications Chair ESCP

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Helen Hoyland

Programme Lead – Innovation & Relationships

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Ian Sharp

Managing Director of Future Health Innovations

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Dr Mandy Dixon

Head of Corporate Engagement at NHSA


Ravi Chana

Head of Business Development UK & Ireland at Roche Diagnostics


Farida Charania

Co-Founder and Director at X0PA AI


Matt Hughes

Editor-in-Chief, Top Business Tech

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Helen Cole

Industry Partnerships Manager at NHSA/ NICE Fellow (2019-22)


Dr Will Bolton

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

Professor Susan Moug 

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley Scotland and Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow.

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Simon Jenner

Co-Founder of Million Labs


Lorna Green

Director of Enterprise & Growth at Innovation Agency

Richard Hall

Managing Director at PD-M

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Giulia Sirigu

Senior Internationalisation & Innovation Advisor at

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Simon Butler

Head of the AWRC Wellbeing Accelerator at Sheffield Hallam University

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Angela Lang

National Director MedTech Foundation University of Leeds

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Dr Vegard Engen

Deputy Head Of Department In Computing And Informatics

Duncan Keeble

Managing Director


Professor Stjohn Crean

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Clinical) at The University of Central Lancashire


Phil Sheppard

Research Associate at Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies

Omar Masood

Transplant Surgeon


Ryan Mathew

Associate Professor at the University of Leeds (UoL) and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Neville Young

Director of Enterprise & Innovation at Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network

Sherin Mathew 

CEO & Founder of AI Tech North

Mike Branagan-Harris

CEO Device Access UK – MedTech Market Access


James Alford

Innovation Director at GSK

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Rob Turpin

Head of Sector (Healthcare) at BSI


David Meads

Associate Professor at University of Leeds


Pattrick Trotter

Head of Commercialisation & Innovation MediLink North of England


Richard Stubbs

Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network

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Paul Dimitri

Professor of Child Health & Consultant Paediatric Endocrinology, Sheffield Children’s Hospital

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Alex Frangi

Diamond Jubilee Chair in Computational Medicine at University of Leeds

Dr Phil Carvil

HealthTec Cluster Development Manager (Science & Technology Facilities Council)

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