Welcome to the Diagnostics North East
Conference 2019

About the conference

Diagnostics North East was launched in 2018 and is a new initiative to bring together the various research infrastructures, capabilities and resources that map to the development, research and innovation of diagnostic technologies available to both academic and commercial partners into a single cohesive structure.

This will lead to greater efficiencies, more visibility and greater opportunities to improve patient health and wellbeing through a common vision and a common approach. The role of Diagnostics North East is to provide timely and seamless services to support both industry and academia in the diagnostic sector.

The second conference will be held at the International Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, on the 11th April 2019 and will include keynote speakers invited from LifeArc, BIVDA and Leica Biosystems as well as interactive group sessions with key experts. The aim of the conference is to 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. Delegates will leave with all the information they need to partner and exploit the world-class resources available.

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Pre conference workshop - 10 April 2019

Preceding the Diagnostics North East conference, the NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (Newcastle MIC) will host a workshop to give some insights in the key steps and methods for evidence generation for clinical tests and medical devices. At the end of the workshop attendees will have a clearer idea of how to conduct research to aid generation of the evidence required to support adoption within the NHS.  The workshop will be held in the Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Biomedicine West, Centre for Life.  Click here to register 


The Centre for Process Innovation


CPI is an independent technology innovation centre which translates ideas and research into successfully commercialised products and processes.  We provide open access facilities and expertise to help companies develop, prove, prototype, and scale up their innovations.


Sintons Law


As a full service law firm based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sintons solicitors provides first class legal advice across a wide range of legal services to businesses, organisations and individuals in North East England, throughout the UK and further afield.
Our vision is to consistently set the standard for legal excellence and to be the law firm of choice for all our clients. Our solicitors take real pride in what they do and how they do it, delivering an outstanding service at a sensible price, tailored precisely to your needs.
We are always keen to listen and explore how our combination of practical, pragmatic and robust expert legal advice could help you, your business or organisation achieve your goals.


Newcastle University

Our Vision expresses our collective sense of purpose. We aspire to be a peoplefocused university that harnesses academic excellence, innovation and creativity to provide benefits to individuals, to organisations and to society as a whole. Newcastle University exists for the public benefit to advance education, learning and research. Our objective is to build on this core purpose and, in doing so, provide new knowledge and creative solutions that make a positive impact. We aim to work collaboratively with our many external partners to shape brighter futures, grow the economy and champion social justice.


NIHR BioResource Centre Newcastle

@NIHRBioResource @NIHRNewcBRC
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) – a government initiative to fund important medical research – has invested in combating conditions of this kind by creating the NIHR BioResource Centres; facilities which involve healthy volunteers and people living with rare and common conditions donating genetic information, in order to build up as much knowledge as possible for future research.
The BioResource Centre Newcastle is one of these, and is working hard across the region to collect information from people in the North East.
Through the research carried out as part of our NIHR BioResource Centre Newcastle, we are making significant contributions to healthcare by translating scientific research into direct benefits for patients across our core disease themes. To carry out this research, we often require participation from the public and patients, and much of this participation comes in the form of DNA samples collected by the NIHR BioResource Centre Newcastle.


NIHR Research Design Service North East & North Cumbria (NENC)
The Research Design Service (RDS) is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to support research teams to develop and submit high quality applied health and social care grant applications to NIHR and other national peer-reviewed funding programmes. We offer specialist advice on all aspects of an application including designing a research study; research methods (qualitative and quantitative); identifying suitable sources of funding; involving patients and public in research design; identifying potential academic, clinical and lay collaborators. Our advice is confidential and free of charge.


Clinical Research Facility
@NewcastleHosps @UniofNewcastle
The NIHR Newcastle Clinical Research Facility (CRF) delivers high-quality, cutting-edge experimental medical research. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Newcastle Clinical Research Facility collaborates with:
• NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre and other NIHR-funded infrastructure
• Industry collaborators
• Research Councils, health charities and other research funders
The NIHR Newcastle Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is a partnership between Newcastle University and the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and is located across three sites in close proximity: Newcastle CRF in the Leazes Wing of the Royal Victoria Infirmary; Clinical Ageing Research Unit (CARU) on the Campus for Ageing and Vitality (CAV); and the Newcastle Dental CRF within the Newcastle Dental Hospital and School of Dental Sciences.


Newcastle NICE External Assessment Centre
The EAC is commissioned by NICE to provide independent assessment of the evidence for innovative medical devices and associated economic analysis of the impact of such technology adoption in the NHS. Scientists, economists and engineers at the centre will also work with NICE to progress further research on promising technologies where current evidence is limited.
The evaluation group at the Freeman Hospital has been involved in medical device assessment for 30 years. Our role as an assessment centre for NICE complements other activities in Medical Physics, including developing innovative medical devices.
Our EAC combines our skills in device evaluation, observational research and health economics with our device development knowledge, to offer an all-encompassing EAC to the Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme (MTEP) at NICE, and a comprehensive range of skills in technology assessment to other customers.


The National Institute for Health Research Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (NIHR Newcastle MIC)
The National Institute for Health Research Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (NIHR Newcastle MIC) was established in 2018, building upon the success of the previous NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative (DEC) Newcastle (2013 - 2017). The role of the MICs is to build expertise and capacity in the NHS to develop new medical technologies and provide evidence on commercially-supplied in vitro diagnostic (IVD) tests, medical tests which use tissue samples.
The NIHR Newcastle MIC work with technology developers in academia and industry to deliver high quality scientific evidence on their in vitro diagnostic tests and medical devices. Our work is focused on the analysis of the care pathway (the journey of a patient with a specific condition in the healthcare system), economic modelling and clinical evaluations. Our work increases the chances that the test is fit for purpose and, thus, adopted into the NHS. We have a particular focus on tests where there are currently unmet clinical needs, and these include: ageing and long-term chronic conditions; infectious diseases and stratified (personalised) medicine.


Northern Alliance Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre (NAATTC)
The Northern Alliance Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre (NAATTC), formally established in March 2018, is a consortium of twenty industry, NHS and academic organisations led by Newcastle Hospitals and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). The purpose of the centre is to develop the systems and infrastructure required to support the delivery of cell and gene therapies with the ultimate aim of increasing patient access to advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) on a national level.


The Newcastle Molecular Pathology Node
The Newcastle Molecular Pathology Node is one of 6 nodes funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to drive advances in Molecular Pathology and bring research back into the heart of pathology laboratories.


Medical Physics South Tees
The Medical Physics team at South Tees NHS Foundation Trust use their skills as scientists and engineers to drive innovation in healthcare. Their work ranges from the provision of scientific advice through to the design, development and assessment of working prototypes, with the aim of addressing unmet clinical needs.


MedConNecT North
@MedConNecTNorth ‏
MedConNecT North offers a bespoke service helping Medical Technology Partners form links with the NHS & Academic in the North East and North Cumbria. In addition, MedConNecT North supports NHS staff to encourage, drive and develop innovation, within their organisation.
Our vision is to provide this support in order to expedite the launch of new technologies and services to enhance and improve patient care and positively contribute to the regional economy.
MedConNecT North is a joint initiative supported by the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria and the North East and North Cumbria Academic Health Science Network.


Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria
NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria (CRN NENC) promotes increased opportunities for people to take part in health and social care research, facilitates effective and efficient study setup and delivery, and supports the Government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences by improving the environment for commercial contract research in health and social care settings.


Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria


Diagnostics North East
Diagnostics North East is a collaboration between the NHS, academia and the AHSN working across the region with a unique set of infrastructures to help industry partners develop, evaluate and encourage adoption of new diagnostic tests. Diagnostics underpin all modern healthcare and so collaborative innovation in this area is key to improving outcomes for patients.


Digital Catalyst
The ‘Digital Catalyst’ is a regional event, which aims to convene a highly multidisciplinary mix of participants, some active researchers and others potential users of research outcomes as well as solution providers to drive lateral thinking, radical approaches to address contemporary and modern research challenges, using cutting edge approaches and engagement methodologies.


Health Network North
Health Network North is a membership-based Network created by The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria. Health Network North will work in partnership with the regional health economy, including the Integrated Care System and the Clinical Networks, to address unmet needs in the NHS and facilitate co-creation of solutions, between industry and the NHS


Newcastle University has a world-class reputation for research excellence and is a member of the Russell Group: the association of leading research-intensive UK universities.  They have one of the largest European Union research portfolios in the UK. The University has research links cross the globe, including strategic partnerships with Monash University in Australia and Groningen University in the Netherlands.

Providing patient-centred healthcare to communities in the North East of England and beyond for over 250 years. NUTH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, offering a wider range of specialist services than any other. Recognised nationally as a centre of healthcare excellence, with patients coming from all over the country, from every walk of life, and with a wide range of illnesses and conditions.

The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) is dedicated to improving healthcare and supporting wealth creation through partnership working and promotion of innovation across the NHS, Academia and Industry.