9.30am – Arrival, registration and networking

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

10.15am – The NIHR, supporting Medtech along the road to market, Dr Peter Sargent (NIHR NOCRI)

10.35am – Innovation in Practice, Professor Amar Rangan (York University) and Kurt Scott (IBEX)

10.55am – NIHR Clinical Research Network landscape, Dr Ashraf Azzabi (NIHR CRN NENC)

11.05am – Getting it right first time, the HRA HCRW approval process, Steph Blacklock and Catherine Adams (HRA)

11:25am Refreshment break and networking

11.50am – Virtual trials, Professor Yan Yiannakou (P3 Unit)

12.05pm – NICE MTAC and HealthTech Connect, Dr Teik Goh (NICE Medical Technology Advisory Committee member)

12.25pmKEYNOTE Medical Device Regulations, product approval in the EU, Dr Bassil Akra (TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH)

12.50pm – Lunch and networking

1.50pm – Talk-ins

  1. Regulatory approval of innovative medical devices – Dr Bassil Akra (TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH)
  2. Regional  Research Alliances – Jane Greenaway (DTVRA) 

2.20pm – Refreshment break and networking

2.35pm – AHSN Innovation and Adoption, Rachel Morris (AHSN NENC)

2.50pm – Setting up and running a clinical study – from funded application to study closure, Dr Lisa Shaw (Newcastle University)

3.10pm – Clinical investigations and requirements for clinical evaluation, Mark Grumbridge (MHRA)

3.30pm – How innovation helped me, Lindsay Howard (Patient and research participant) and Morag Brookes (South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

3.55pm – Closing Remarks, Professor Sam Eldabe

4pm – Close