Diagnostics North East Conference 2018

Supporting early stage development to clinical adoption

14th – 15th March 2018

Venue: International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

Aim of the Conference

This two day conference will showcase the diagnostic resources and expertise available to support researchers, clinicians, and industry in developing and deploying new and innovative diagnostic technologies. The event will provide opportunities to meet with key experts and to discuss how they can support the development, evaluation and adoption of technologies into healthcare systems. The event will provide the delegates with the information they need to partner and exploit the world-class resources available.

DAY ONE

Wednesday 14th March


09:30 – 10:30   Registration and Networking


10:30 – 10:45    Welcome and Introduction to Diagnostics North East

Professor John Simpson
Dean of Translational Research
Newcastle University


10:45 – 11:25   NOCRI and Diagnostic Technology Development

Dr Ian Newington
Acting Head of Special Projects
NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF)


Translating early stage R&D through to diagnostics


11:25 – 13:10  Technology Horizon Scanning and the NIHR Innovation Observatory

Professor Michael Trenell
Director
NIHR Innovation Observatory


Clinical Laboratory-based Diagnostics and Medicine

Sarah Leigh Nicholson
Laboratory Manager Cellular Pathology
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


The 100,000 Genomes Project: – Transforming Diagnosis through Genomic Technologies

Dr Paul Brennan
Clinical Programme Director
North East & North Cumbria Genomic Medicine Centre


Newcastle Tissue

Professor Philip Sloan
Professor and Consultant in Cellular Pathology 
Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Oncology Diagnostics

Mr Rakesh Heer
Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer
Newcastle University and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


The role of Evidence Generation in Facilitating Successful Market Adoption

Professor John Simpson
Dean of Translational Research & Professor of Respiratory Medicine
Newcastle University


12:55 – 13:10   Session Summary

Professor John Simpson
Dean of Translational Research & Professor of Respiratory Medicine
Newcastle University


13:10 – 14:30   Lunch and Networking


14:30 – 15:15   Developing Diagnostics and Regulatory Issues

Graeme Tunbridge
Group Manager – Devices Regulatory Affairs
MHRA


15:15  Delegates Make Way to Thematic Break-out Sessions Room


15:30 – 16:45   Meet the Experts

Clinical Laboratory Testing and Pathology Node

Sarah Leigh Nicholson
Laboratory Manager Cellular Pathology
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Genetics and Genomics: Clinical Diagnostics in the 21st Century

Dr Paul Brennan
Associate Clinical Lecturer
Newcastle University

Jon Stacey
Project Manager
100,000 Genomes Project

Hayley Lucas 
Genomics Education and Training Coordinator
The North East and North Cumbria, Genomic Medicine Centre


Newcastle Tissue (Biobanks/CEPA)

Professor Philip Sloan
Consultant in Cellular Pathology
Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sheila Graham
CEPA Biobank Manager
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Amy Peasland
Biobank Manager
Newcastle University


Oncology Diagnostics (NICR)

Mr Rakesh Heer
Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer
Newcastle University and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Emma Clark
Translational Research Associate
Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Dr Sarah Groves
Clinical Operations Manager
Biosignatures Ltd

Mr Naeem Soomro
Consultant Urologist 
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Will Dracup
CEO
Biosignatures Ltd


Evaluating Technologies (MIC/EAC)

Helen Cole
Head of Service – Clinical Scientist
NICE External Assessment Centre (EAC)

Dr Joy Allen and Sara Graziadio
Senior IVD Evaluation Methodologists
NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative

Dr Andrew Sims
Head of Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering and Director
NICE EAC

Dr Michael Power
Deputy Director
NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative

Dr Iain Willits
Medical Technologies Evaluator
NICE EAC

Stephen Rice
Senior Health Economist
Institute of Health and Society
Newcastle University


16.45  Delegates make way back to main room


17:00 – 17:30   Feedback from Facilitators


17:30 – 19:00   Drinks Reception and Launch of Diagnostics North East - Mezzanine Level

Professor David Burn
Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences
Newcastle University

Mr Andrew Welch
Acting Chief Executive
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


19:00  Conference Dinner - Scotswood Suite

DAY TWO

Thursday 15th March


08:30 – 09:00   Registration and Networking


09:00 – 09:45   NICE Diagnostics Assessment Programme

Rebecca Albrow
Senior Technical Adviser – Diagnostics Assessment Programme
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


The Funding and Investment Landscape for Diagnostics

09:45 – 10:10   Investment strategies for Medical Technologies

Dr. Alex Buchan
Investment Director
NorthStar Ventures


10:10 – 10:30   NIHR i4i
Dr. Ian Newington
Acting Head of Special Projects
NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF)


10:30 – 11:00   Refreshment Break


11:00 – 11:30   SBRI Industry Case Study
Dr Penny Wilson
Senior Specialist AMR Vaccines and Global Health
Innovate UK


11:30 – 12:00   Early stage funding programmes and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)
Professor Mark Birch-Machin
Professor of Molecular Dermatology and Associate Dean of Business Development (Faculty of Medical Sciences)
Newcastle University


12:00 – 13:30   Lunch and Networking


13:30 – 14:15   Pathology Consolidation Programme Update

Professor Tim Evans
National Director of Clinical Productivity
NHS Improvement

David Wells
Head of Pathology Services Consolidation
NHS Improvement


14:15   Panel Discussion and Meeting Summary

Chair: Professor John Simpson
Dean of Translational Research
Newcastle University

Rebecca Albrow
Senior Technical Adviser – Diagnostics Assessment Programme
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Dr Alex Buchan
Investment Director
NorthStar Ventures

Professor Tim Evans
National Director of Clinical Productivity
NHS Improvement

Dr Michael Wright
Consultant Clinical Geneticist
Deputy Medical Director
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


15:00  Close