29 October 2015
The event welcomed 27 exhibitors and over 100 delegates to hear a variety of high profile speakers from both industry and the NHS. The exhibition provided the opportunity to see innovative healthcare products first hand, and to speak to the companies and NHS Trusts behind them. Breakout sessions enabled attendees to explore issues around IP development and funding, research, development and commercialisation. The day was hosted by hosted by science writer and Broadcaster Vivienne Parry OBE.
Winners of the latest Health Enterprise East Innovation competition were also announced on the day. The two projects selected were bone conduction headset technology project, a new approach to helping with hearing impairment, from Dr Tamsin Brown & Team, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, and the ulnar splint, a novel, patent pending, approach to treating common symptoms of ulnar neuropathy from Dr Andrew Michell, Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. This twice yearly competition is open to all HEE member Trusts and once again attracted a high standard of entries. Each of the winners receives a £5,000 Innovation Voucher to help progress their ideas.
Dr Anne Blackwood, Chief Executive, Health Enterprise East, commented: “Helping to forge stronger connections between the NHS and industry is a key role of Health Enterprise East. We are delighted with the success of the inaugural Innovation Showcase, and would like to thank all of the speakers, exhibitors and delegates who supported us this year.”
Elisabeth Buggins, Chair of the Eastern Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), and keynote speaker at the event, said: “At Eastern AHSN we are driven by two goals: improving healthcare and generating economic growth. We are very lucky to have in our region one of the most successful Innovation Hubs, and I would like to thank Health Enterprise East for putting on such a fantastic collaborative event.”