9.30am – Arrival, registration and networking

10am – Welcome and introduction to MedConnect North, Professor Sam Eldabe (MedConnect North)

How to fund Innovation Development, Peter Sargent (NOCRI)

Innovation in Practice, Professor Amar Rangan and Kurt Scott (IBEX)

The Clinical Research Network landscape, Dr Ashraf Azzabi (MedConnect North)

Getting right first time HRA HCRW approval process, Steph Blacklock and Catherine Adams (HRA)

Refreshment break and networking

NICE MTAC and HealthTech Connect, Dr Teik Goh (NICE Medical Technology Advisory Committee member)

Medical Device Regulations, product approval in the EU, Dr Bassil Akra (TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH)

1pm – Lunch and networking


  1. Dr Bassil Akra (TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH)
  2. Regional  Research Alliances – Jane Greenaway (DTVRA) 

AHSN Innovation and Adoption, Russ Watkins (AHSN NENC)

Driving the spread and adoption of new technologies (NHSE)

Clinical investigations and requirements for clinical evaluation, Dr Camilla Thurlow (Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency)

How innovation helped me, Lindsay Howard (Patient)

4pm – Closing Remarks, Professor Sam Eldabe