The Leeds MedTech Showcase: a hub of innovation in the north
After a slight delay from our original date of the 19th of September, our MedTech Showcase finally went off with a bang on the 28th of November! From in-depth panel discussions to educational workshops across the day, we could not be more delighted with how much insight was shared. Our event, run in collaboration with Nexus, University of Leeds, and Leeds Digital Festival, showcased and celebrated those innovating within the MedTech sector.
Setting the Scene
The day kicked off with a keynote speech from Dame Linda Pollard, Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Linda gave us some fantastic insight into MedTech developments and how Leeds is leading the way in the market, even on the global stage. She explained how MedTech could have an astounding impact on healthcare, from sustainability to lifting the pressures on the NHS.
Linda was followed by David Brettle, Chief Science Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust who gave an engaging half-hour talk on the problems that MedTech helps to solve. He touched on elements of what MedTech needs to overcome to become the norm, the barriers and challenges faced within the industry, and why people are struggling to get involved.
Splitting the room
Our attendees were then invited to explore the event and all it had to offer, in one area we had a range of workshops exploring the themes of Adoption, Ideation, and Inclusion. Another room had expert panellists of founders, industry experts and clinicians discussing everything from how aspiring MedTech start-ups can get going to what technology has revolutionised the industry. Alongside this bustle of activity, we also had a large space set up for exhibitors who came along to showcase their incredible innovations.
A workshops walkthrough
Our workshops worked as a designated space for our attendees to gain deep insight into subject-specific areas in our breakout rooms. Our workshops throughout the day were run by Q5, University of Leeds, and Hippo.
Proceeding to panels
Our three-panel discussions ran in tandem with the workshops, providing exclusive insight from some of the industry’s best and brightest. The panel discussions looked to combat some of the most pressing issues circulating within the MedTech sector. Our panels across the day were:
The Founders Perspective: Panel of MedTech Founders
The Industry Experts
The Solution So Far: Panel of Surgeons, Doctors, and Clinicians
MedTech & Data: Ed Thewlis Director of Hippo takes to the stage
As part of the event, we were joined by none other than our own Director, Ed who delved into the importance of MedTech’s implementing data analytics and avoiding a ‘data explosion’.
In his talk, he brought to the foreground 3 core problems that exist in the healthcare system right now:
Virtual Wards -We are looking to create virtual wards, but the healthcare system is not yet built this way.
Cognitive Overload – With the emergence of new tech, a lot of data is being thrown at people but it’s not always in usable formats or could require analytical capabilities.
Fragmentation & Limited Integration – MedTech’s are often hosted on different platforms outside of the NHS and won’t truly fully support the likes of FHIR.
But what is the solution?
Big thoughts from Brandon Medical
We spoke to representatives from Brandon Medical, who gave us an initial overview of what their product entails:
When asked how he was finding the event so far, they replied:
Chatting with Covvi
Next up we spoke with Covvi to find out how their day had been at the MedTech Showcase, their representatives, Simon Pollard, CEO, and John Wilkinson, Production Lead said:
All the exhibitors who joined us for the day had one resounding thought and that was the appreciation for the community being built in Leeds and awe for the level of innovation being seen.
After a jam-packed day with more information shared than we could have possibly hoped for, we heard some final thoughts from Arunangsu Chatterjee, Dean of Digital Transformation and Professor of Digital Health & Education at the University of Leeds alongside Eve Roodhouse, Chief Officer of Culture and Economy at Leeds City Council. Both titans in the Leeds ecosystem gave a round-up of the day and added their own thoughts on the future of the Leeds MedTech scene.
This event was truly everything we had envisaged and more and that was down to the incredible entrepreneurs, experts, and guests that dedicated their time to the event. The MedTech Showcase amplified the message of what Leeds has to offer as an innovation hub for MedTech and the unique opportunities that are afforded to the community because of the collaboration and links between the key players in the MedTech sector in the city. We’ll be exploring these themes in more depth over the coming weeks – watch this space!
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