Welcome to the Diagnostics North East
Conference 2020

@DiagnosticsNE #DiagnosticsNE

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 was held at the International Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, on the 11th April 2019 and featured keynote speakers 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.

DxNE 2020

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 return for a third successive year on Thursday 30 April 2020 moving to a new venue at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne.  The conference will focus on:

“Precision Medicine – Basic Science, Diagnostics and Therapeutics”

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The Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria

Clinical Research Facility

Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria

Diagnostics North East

Durham Tees Valley Research Alliance

Faculty of Medical Sciences ‘Core Facilities’, Newcastle University

Health Network North

MedConNecT North

Medical Physics, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle Biobanks

Newcastle University

NIHR BioResource Centre Newcastle

NIHR Research Design Service North East & North Cumbria (NENC)

Northern Alliance Advanced Therapies Treatment Centre (NA-ATTC)

Sintons LLP

The National Institute for Health Research Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (NIHR Newcastle MIC)



Venue details:  St. James’ Park, Barrack Rd, Strawberry Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST


Travelling to the venue

The stadium is located close to the junction of Gallowgate, St. James’ Boulevard and Barrack Road, just a ten-minute walk from Newcastle Central Station and around five minutes from Monument Metro Station and the city’s major bus stations. Simply follow the pedestrian signs located throughout the city centre.

There is parking onsite.  Please visit the link below for all parking options



There are 35 ‘Sheffield stands’ located around the stadium for you to lock your bicycle at

Rail and Metro

The station is a ten-minute walk from St. James’ Park, walk west along Neville Street (A186) and turn right onto St. James’ Boulevard. The stadium is located at the top of the road and will become visible as you reach the junction with Bath Lane/Wellington Street.

We recommend St. James’ Metro station, while Monument station – a five-minute walk away – is served by both yellow and green line routes.

Direct Rail

Newcastle Airport: 25min

London King’s Cross: 2h 45min

Edinburgh: 1h 30min

Leeds: 1h 25min

York: 1h



We have an offer with the SANDMAN SIGNATURE NEWCASTLE for the evening of 29th April 2020, a delegate rate of £89.00 bb is available when you quote the reference 307020 on booking.

For alternative hotel suggestions please visit: https://www.newcastlegateshead.com/accommodation

Invest Newcastle

For attendees with a serious interest in establishing operations in the North East – to benefit from proximity to local facilities, assets and our diagnostics ecosystem – we are partnering with Invest Newcastle [https://investnewcastle.com/] to offer a fully-hosted delegate experience, which will include a longer programme of introductions, talks and tours to understand the business opportunity in the area and support available to locate your business here. Please contact Matt.Bratton@ngi.org.uk for further information.

Diagnostic Test Evaluations Workshop: The Pathway of Evidence Generation

The NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (Newcastle MIC) will hold a workshop the day before the DxNE conference.

Wednesday 29th April, 1- 5pm, The Core, Newcastle Helix, NE4 5TF

This workshop is hosted by the NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (Newcastle MIC) and is tailored to individuals from industry, academia and healthcare who have an interest in developing diagnostic clinical tests and devices.  We aim to educate attendees about the evidence they need to generate in order for their diagnostics to have the best chance of being adopted into the UK healthcare system. Delegates will also have the opportunity to meet with the NIHR Newcastle MIC and our collaborators and discuss the support we can provide during these research steps.

Please register here: http://bit.ly/MIC29April


13:00 - 13:15 Introduction to the afternoon and to the evidence development pathway

Sara Graziadio (NIHR Newcastle MIC)

13:15 - 13:45 Defining the value propositions: care pathway analysis

Amanda Winter (NIHR Newcastle MIC)

13:45 – 14:15 Statistical approaches to evaluating diagnostic tests

Kevin Wilson (Newcastle University) and Clare Lendrem (NIHR Newcastle MIC)

14:15 - 14:45 Health economic evaluations in diagnostics

Speaker to be confirmed (Newcastle University)

14:45 - 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 15:30 Clinical studies: from funded application to study closure

Lisa Shaw (Newcastle University)

15:30 - 16:00 The Current regulatory landscape

Tom Joyce (Newcastle University)

16:00 - 16:45  Q&A session with speakers accompanied by wine and nibbles

16:45 – 17:00  Closing comments


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.