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The Northern MedTech Summit will feature more than 45 industry expert speakers

The Virtual Northern MedTech Summit is set to launch with the aim of giving people the opportunity to hear from the leading experts in healthcare and technology from across the North and the UK.

The summit, which will take place virtually on 28 January 2021, is being run by the National Institute for Health Research Surgical MedTech Co-operative, Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) and the University of Leeds and is powered by global super connector Empact Ventures.

Experts from the North of England medtech cluster will explore current challenges and opportunities in AI, surgical innovations, and the benefits of collaboration with more than 45 speakers across nine roundtables.

Roundtable speakers include Neil Sebire, chief innovation research officer at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Dr Christopher Herbert, director of operations of research and innovation at The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Helen Hoyland, programme lead of innovation and relationships at the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Sciences Network.

The summit’s audience will also hear from the top five medtech start-ups and scale-ups from the recent Super Connect for Good competition selected by NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative team, which will be pitching to the audience for adoption within the NHS, and/or investment to those in attendance.

These include Manchester-based QV Bioelectronics, London-based Bold Health, Bournemouth-based mhealth, Swansea-based CanSense and London-based GlycanAge.

Vee Mapunde, programme director of the National Institute for Health Research Surgical MedTech Co-operative, said: “This meeting is the perfect opportunity for medtech start-ups to connect with important players in the innovation system.

“We have partnered with the NHSA and Empact Ventures to deliver an engaging summit that will showcase the North and stimulate discussion on how we can drive medtech collaborations for patient benefit.

“The NIHR Surgical MIC has been tasked with supporting the development and evaluation of surgical technologies for the NHS and understanding the needs and requirements from a clinical and patient perspective is very important.

“We would really like all delegates to take the opportunity to network, visit the virtual booths and to participate in the roundtable discussions.”

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