The Royal Society of Medicine is pleased to be hosting its 15th Medical Innovations Summit on Saturday 16th September 2017. You can watch the presentations from the previous summits through our RSM Videos website here which showcases innovators we have been privileged to host in the past.
More speakers will be announced here in due course.
Flying in from Hong Kong for the Innovations Summit is Christian Hogg, Chief Executive of Hutchison China MediTech Ltd (Chi-Med). The innovative biopharmaceutical company is aiming to become a global leader in the discovery, development and commercialisation of targeted therapies for oncology and immunological diseases. They are on the verge of launching the first mainstream drug developed in China from design to production. The company is listed on AIM and NASDAQ and is majority owned by CK Hutchison Holdings, a leading international conglomerate with over a quarter of a million employees in more than 50 countries and annual sales of over US$50 billion.
Ben Wald is 17. When he was 16 he spent some time on a work experience with his father, Professor David Wald, a heart surgeon at Barts Heart Centre in London. You might think a 16 year old school student would have nothing to teach a cardiologist, but in this case you would be wrong. A-level student Ben, suggested the idea that surgeons could ‘write’ a patient’s medical history in code inside their chest. In March, Ben’s code won a prize for Innovation awarded by The Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Sankha and David are students at Loughborough Grammar School. Recently they received the title of ‘UK Young Engineer of the year 2017’, beating over 21,000 entries. The award was made following their success in developing ‘MediVest’ a wearable vest for people with epilepsy that monitors heart rate variability and body temperature. The vest can efficiently predict a fit up to eight minutes in advance. Once a fit is detected, the vest sends a message to both the wearer’s phone as well as possibly a carer to warn them that they need to seek help.
Flying in from Australia for the Innovations Summit, is the co-founder of CliniCloud Inc, Dr Hon Weng Chong. Inventing the world’s first digital stethoscope that connects to a phone, and a Bluetooth non-contact thermometer, CliniCloud’s mission is to build affordable, intelligent and intuitive medical devices and services that any patient can access. The company has achieved huge success with their digital stethoscope, thermometer and app, and they looking to launch CliniCloud scales, a blood pressure monitor and pulse oximeter.
Imagine what would happen if you bring a group of nursery-age children into a home for older people. Short visits by very young people are fairly common these days, but what happens if a nursery school is situated permanently in the grounds of a residential home? Imagine the excitement, wonder and opportunities created by new contact and new relationships between the very young and much older citizens. Stephen Burke is the Director of Good Care Guide, the TripAdvisor style website for the care industry which enables people to find, rate and review care providers in their area. Alibeth Somers is the co-founder of the Apples and Honey nursery at Nightingale House in London - the UK's first nursery co-located within an elderly care home.
Rules are rules but what if those rules are not only outdated, but ignore evidence and diminish the prospects of good or improved care for a patient. Nicci Gerrard and Julia Jones are on a mission to help carers support patients with dementia. They also want to encourage hospitals and clinics provide better care on a collaborative basis by involving and engaging with carers. Their innovative initiative ‘John’s Campaign’ has won the support of over 1000 medical and healthcare institutions, including Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, where Jo James is Lead Nurse – Dementia
DEM DX is a medical diagnostic app used by medical students and professionals around the world. The app guides users through symptoms, to the most likely medical diagnosis, while enabling access to decades of clinical experience along the way. Dr Lorin Gresser is the CEO of DEM DX and won a 2016 Woman in Innovation award by Innovate UK.
Right now, one in four people in the UK is living with a mental health condition. That’s nearly 15 million people with an illness that affects their wellbeing, their relationships with family and friends, and their ability to work. Despite extraordinary advances in treating physical health conditions, progress in understanding mental illness, and research into its causes, treatments and prevention, is nowhere near equal. Dr Sophie Dix is the Director of Research for MQ, the first major charity funding much-needed scientific research to transform the lives of everyone affected by mental illness. She will brief us on MQ’s diverse, innovative and integrated approach. Dr Rina Dutta is a Consultant Psychiatrist and receives funding from MQ. She and her team are linking data from schools with mental health data to determine if factors in schools can help predict suicidal behaviours.
Antidote is a digital health company on a mission. Their aim is to accelerate the breakthroughs of potentially life-saving treatments, by bridging the gap between medical research and the people who need it. In a world where 80% of clinical trials are delayed or closed due to lack of awareness, Antidote uses cutting-edge technology to match the right patients with the right trials. Dean Sellis will explain how the company is helping medical researchers make progress, faster – and offering new treatment options to patients in need. Ed Godber is Antidote’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
Eagle Genomics innovate at the intersection of biology, data science and bioinformatics. They use their knowledge in these fields with best in class enterprise software skills and apply their expertise in the critical emerging markets of human genomics and microbiomics. Eagle Genomics was recently named as one of the pioneering UK company’s leading the sector. Anthony Finbow is their highly experienced Executive Chairman and William Spooner is their Chief Science Officer.
An innovative approach to preparing patients for surgery has improved their health and reduced post-operative complications at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Lead upper gastrointestinal clinical nurse specialist Venetia Wynter-Blyth (who was also Nurse of the Year 2016) and her team in the oesophagogastric cancer service felt that the traditional perioperative approach missed an opportunity for a more holistic approach, including diet and nutrition, psychological wellbeing and physical fitness. In answer to this, Venetia devised the ‘PREPARE’ programme. The results are impressive. Venetia’s co-presenter is Krishna Moorthy, a senior lecturer and honorary consultant surgeon.
Elasmogen is a bio-pharmaceutical company located in the thriving biologics cluster in Aberdeen, Scotland. The company is rapidly progressing a pipeline of next-generation soloMER products for the sight-saving treatment of inflammatory diseases of the eye and inflammatory conditions of the gut. In March, Deepbridge Capital, Innovate UK and Scottish Investment Bank awarded Elasmogen a grant of £ 1.2 million to support development of next generation Ophthalmology biologics. Dr Caroline Barelle is Elasmogen’s impressive CEO.
In 2014 Proximie was established to bring together a team of clinicians, engineers and designers who are passionate about improving healthcare. The company created a flourishing augmented reality platform which allows doctors to virtually transport themselves in to any operating room to guide, teach, train and support other surgeons and medical experts independent of any specific hardware. Dr Anas Nader is a Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow at NHS Digital.
Dr Maryam Alfa-Wali is a general surgical registrar in South West London with particular specialty interests in trauma and colorectal surgery. She pursued a Masters in Surgical Education from Imperial College London and is a medical student OSCE examiner. Her research interests include the management and outcomes of surgical conditions in people living with HIV, anal cancer and developing low technology sustainable surgical simulation techniques for low income countries. Her other interests involve encouraging eco-friendly surgical practice and humanitarian work. She was part of the medical disaster response team to Nepal in 2015. Maryam will be making the closing remarks and giving the vote of thanks at the end of the Innovations Summit.
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Professor Sir Simon Wessely MD, FRCP, FRCPSYCH, FMEDSCI.
Sir Simon is Regius Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director, King’s Centre for Military Health Research and Academic Department of Military Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. He is President of the RSM 2017-2020.
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