Alder Hey - the living hospital -

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool has embarked on an ambitious program to harness emerging technologies to create a ‘Living Hospital’. Combining Artificial intelligence, sensors and holistic care we aim to make the building be as important part of the care as the medical professionals within it.

​In a ground-breaking collaboration between the Hartree Centre and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, we are helping to build the UK’s first cognitive assistant for patients ‘Ask Oli’. The technology we are developing will help to revolutionise personalised medicine, putting the patient at the centre of their care in a way that has never before been possible.

Clinical Director of Innovation, Alder Hey Children's Hospital
NHS England
Upholding NHS principles through innovation -

Universal healthcare, free at the point of care, has been delivered for 70+ years by the NHS. It’s threatened by what Sir Bruce Keogh describes as the ‘triple pincer’: ‘escalating demand, escalating costs and restrained resources’.

In this session, Hannah Rose will discuss the need and opportunity for innovation to uphold NHS principles such as patient-centered care, cost-effectiveness and universality. Innovations with such potential include those from femtech, digital therapeutics and AI-driven models in prevention and early response. Join Hannah Rose, as she shares insights from across the Journalista community and beyond.

Managing Director
Refreshment Break -
Swimming with whales - growing a digital start-up in the healthcare industry -
Solutions for powering next-generation implantable devices -

The healthcare sector is changing to embrace a more proactive patient health management, and the rapid development of sensing technology is opening opportunities for continuous health monitoring. These energy-efficient sensors are following a trend towards miniaturisation for implantable devices, drug delivery devices, epidermic electronic patches, and for ophthalmic or orthodontics applications. In most cases, a solution needs to be provided to power these devices autonomously or wirelessly which requires energy storage devices with long life, high reliability, high energy density, and bio-compatibility.

This presentation will review and compare alternatives for powering medical devices such as conventional and solid-state batteries, and super-capacitors.  It will evaluate the requirements for medical sensing devices including their size and shape, lifecycle, cost, safety and biocompatibility, and technical performance. The session will also examine different options for powering the devices autonomously and wirelessly through induction or harvested energy.

Product Commercialisation Manager
llika Technologies
The NIHR: Supporting you along the road to market -

The NIHR is unique. It provides a gateway for you to carry out your clinical research and technology evaluation in the NHS - the largest integrated healthcare system in the world.

We work with a diverse range of industry sectors, including diagnostics, medical technology and biopharmaceutical, as well as with associated industries such as digital, design and artificial intelligence.

The NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) can support you in the translation and adoption of your products into the NHS. We do this by connecting you to world-leading expertise and organisations so to help build up the evidence required, no matter where you are within your product development pathway. Our team does this by signposting into the NIHR and wider UK research ecosystem, including regulatory and funding bodies, as well as facilitate the setup and management of collaborations.

The NOCRI’s Business Development Team is here to help you navigate the NIHR, so that you can access the support you need. And best of all...this support is available for free. 

Head of Business Development
NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI)
Trends and analysis for medical devices -
Refreshment Break -
Materials choices for med-tech -
Building in electronics - a medical device manufacturer's perspective -
Brexit and medtech - what's changed? -
Regulatory update and the implications of Brexit -
Brexit, and the impact on the healthtech sector -

Much has been written about the impact of Brexit and what this means for all of us as patients in the UK. Whilst its long-term impact on the country remains to be seen, an immediate effect has been felt in the supply chain of HealthTech products. With analysis suggesting over 60% of imports into the NHS come directly from the European Union, companies have spent much of the past two years on contingency planning. Complex, international supply chains mean that products can move across the UK / EU border many times in their lifecycle, for sourcing, assembly, packaging and sterilisation. The result of this highly efficient system means many products are supplied into the NHS “next day” from Europe, presenting a significant challenge in the event of border disruptions. Join ABHI, the UK’s leading HealthTech trade association, as their External Affairs Manager, Eleanor Charsley guides delegates on the impact of this critical time in the industry’s history. 

External Affairs Manager
IP for medtech - essential knowledge for the European and US markets -

This talk will cover the essential aspects of protecting innovations, building a portfolio of intellectual property and using this as a strategic asset to defend core technology, secure funding, build revenue and form successful partnerships in the medical field. The session will cover the US and European markets, and highlight the opportunities and threats that patents represent in these territories.

UK and European Patent Attorney
Cleveland Scott York
Stoel Rives
Refreshment Break -
Investment opportunities for startups -
Innovation Lead - Biomedical Catalyst, Ageing Society, Health & Nutrition
Innovate UK
Drug and device partnerships: What makes a successful pairing? -
Building a connected devices ecosystem for digital medicines -

At this Pharma Insight Briefing session, Sai Shankar, Director Business Development Connected Devices will discuss Aptar Pharma’s approach to building the Digital Medicine ecosystem for connected drug delivery devices across therapeutic areas.

To deliver on the promise of digital medicine to improve patient outcomes, it is important to look at the building blocks of such an eco-system. This starts with understanding the challenges faced by patients while taking their medications, their interactions with the drug delivery systems and how design of connected devices can be seamlessly integrated to improve adherence.
This patient-centric design approach will determine the type of data that should be generated from the connected devices, which in turn will drive the type of technology that should be adopted.

These design decisions will also impact the electronics design architecture, stacking of different technology options and cross-platform interoperability. Complementing the device design should be a proven high quality manufacturing setup that has a secure supply chain for electronics and plastic components. The last mile of building the ecosystem is the successful pairing of the data from devices to the digital medicine platform.

Business Development Director for Connected Devices
Aptar Pharma
Refreshment Break -
Women in Plastics - the healthcare discussion -

This panel discussion will ask women working with plastics in the modern healthcare industries what challenges and opportunities they face in 2019. It will ask whether there is enough visibility of role models to encourage more women into the sector, and look at the benefits of mentoring. 

We’ll ask if gender balance and equality is better in healthcare plastics than the wider plastics industry, and, if not, invite suggestions for improvements. The panel will discuss how innovation is driving the healthcare industries and how plastics materials and technologies are enablers for this.

Head of Content, Rapid Plastics Media
British Plastics and Rubber , Women in Plastics
Recycling and reprocessing plastic medical devices -
Tubing - trends and analysis -



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