Diagnostics North East Conference 2019

Supporting early stage development to clinical adoption

11 April 2019

Venue: International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

Aim of the Conference

This 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.

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Speaker Biographies

Thursday 11th April

09:00     Registration and Networking

10:00 – 10:10    Welcome and Introduction to Diagnostics North East

Opening keynote speakers

10:10 – 10:40   

Dr Michael Dalrymple, Executive Director, Diagnostics & Science Foresight, LifeArc

10:40 – 11:00 

Doris-Ann Williams MBE, Chief Executive, BIVDA

11:00-11:15 Industry, Academia and the NHS - Essentials for a Successful Collaboration

Professor Amar Rangan, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, James Cook University Hospital


Refreshment Break


Workshop Session 1 (2 x 30 minute sessions per workshop):

Diagnostic laboratory medicine and pathology (Molecular Pathology Node)

The workshop will highlight Node capabilities in tissue-based techniques and technical aspects of immunostaining alongside providing an overview of our competence in digital imaging and Artificial Intelligence and an illustration of our successful commercial collaborations to date

What Newcastle Biobanks have to offer and why ‘collect to order’ works for the CEPA Biobank’

The workshop will include a brief breakdown of: history; scope; our Biobanks ethics; types of specimens; processing; cryostorage and cold chain logistic and how to access the Biobanks

Evaluating Technologies (MIC/EAC)

The workshop will describe the expertise within the Diagnostics North East (DxNE) initiative that can support academics and companies with evidence generation needed for NHS adoption.  The workshop introduces the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (Newcastle MIC), who work closely with technology developers to ensure that their product has the right evidence to demonstrate its value to the NHS, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) External Assessment Centre (EAC), who evaluate that evidence on behalf of NICE.

12:45 – 13:05 NIHR Newcastle MIC Industry Showcase – Roche RSV study

Dr Malcolm Brodlie, MRC Clinician Scientist and Clinical Senior Lecturer, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University
Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Great North Children's Hospital

13:05 – 13:15 Announcement of the upcoming launch of Therapeutics North East

Professor Neil Watson, Clinical Director of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

13:15 – 14:15  Lunch and Networking

14:15 – 15:30 Workshop Session 2 (2 x 30 minute sessions per workshop):

AHSN North East and North Cumbria (Innovation Exchange and Adoption)

The session will focus on the main barriers in the development and adoption of new diagnostic technologies, and how we can resolve these barriers. The workshop will also cover: Access to clinical and academic
expertise and resources; Pump-priming grants; and Understanding and knowledge of accessing NHS organisations across the NENC

CRN North East and North Cumbria and MedConnect North

NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria (CRN NENC) and MedConnect North will
describe the service offering to the Medical Technology sector; during the workshop you will have a chance
to learn about the CRN NENC and MedConnect North and how we can help meet the requirements of the
new Medical Device Regulations (MDR). Participants will be asked to work in small groups to identify the
needs, barriers and difficulties that they face and feedback to the group.

Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

Adoption of your medtech product by healthcare systems is the ultimate goal. The successful development of a medical device can be optimised through carefully managed design and development.   During this workshop we will cover critical components on the development path of your medtech from your idea to adoption.    Discussion will be focussed up best practice on designing for manufacture, use of additive manufacturing, compliance with relevant regulations, and testing and validation of your device.


15:30 – 15:45  Supporting Innovation and Adoption of Diagnostics

Dr Séamus O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer, AHSN NENC

Closing keynote speaker

15:45 – 16:15 Leica Biosystems: Our Collaborations with the Molecular Node

Dr Vicky McFarlane Reid, Director of Research and Development, Leica Biosystems


16:15 – 16:30 Final Q&A and close of conference