Research and innovation in medical technology has moved up a gear thanks to the launch of the MedTech Foundation – a group aimed at bringing together students, trainees and early career researchers to drive the translation of bench research to clinical practice.
The launch event was held at the Institute of Translational Medicine in January, hosted and supported by BHP founding members University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Birmingham and the NIHR Trauma Management MedTech Co-operative (Trauma MIC). The evening saw the launch of a string of workshops targeting innovators from varying disciplines, and presented them with unmet needs in three clinical areas by experienced clinicians:
- Vascular surgery
- Colorectal surgery
- Anaesthesia and critical care
The event was a great success and subsequent workshops will see attendees form groups and learn about various parts of innovation and development such as commercialisation, IP, branding and regulations. Each team will then produce a “solution” to one of the unmet needs presented by clinical experts, and pitch their idea to a panel for the chance to win seed funding and mentorship to further develop their medical device with the support of the Trauma MIC.
Are you interested in hearing more about the programme, coming to hear the project pitches, or being involved as a delegate or facilitator in future years? If so, register for further information or download the MedTech Foundation flyer.