Welcome to the Diagnostics North East
Conference 2018

About the conference

Diagnostics North East 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 conference will be held at the International Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, on the 14th–15th March 2018 and will include keynote speakers invited from NOCRI, NICE, and MHRA 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.

The conference will cover two main themes:

Day one:

Translating Early Stage R&D Through to Diagnostics

Day two:

The Funding Landscape for Diagnostics

A drinks reception and conference dinner will be held on the evening of Wednesday 14th March giving delegates the opportunity to network with colleagues.


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.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) improves the health of people in the UK - and around the world - by supporting excellent science, and training the very best scientists. They are a non-departmental public body funded through the government’s science and research budget.

The National Institute for Health Research funds health and care research and translate discoveries into practical products, treatments, devices and procedures, involving patients and the public in all their work.

They ensure the NHS is able to support the research of other funders to encourage broader investment in, and economic growth from, health research. Working with charities and the life sciences industry to help patients gain earlier access to breakthrough treatments and training and developing researchers to keep the nation at the forefront of international research.

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