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Technology Partnering Event | Innovative Detector Technologies in Healthcare

27 June 2013 | STFC, Sci-Tech, Daresbury

The ever-increasing need for early detection of potentially life-threatening conditions is driving researchers to push the boundaries of technology to the limits. As a result, innovation and blue sky thinking are playing a key role in addressing some of the challenges we face today.

Major breakthroughs in technology are driven by collaborative partnerships and the purpose of this event is to bring together academia and industry to address current challenges and to highlight key progress, with the aim to develop partnerships to tackle some of the more aggressive barriers.  

All areas of detector technology are open for discussion and companies and researchers that are working on sensor or detector technology are encouraged to attend to share their vision.

Hear about:

  • A user's viewpoint: Innovative detectors for medical physics and where innovation is needed, from Melvyn Carroll, Head of Medical Physics at Royal Liverpool Hospital
  • Funding: Invention for Innovation, from the i4i Programme Director, Martin Hunt
  • See a demonstration of the Hartree Centre Visualisation suite

Novel technology being presented includes:

  • ProSPECTus SPECT imaging system: A partnership between STFC, University of Liverpool and the Royal Liverpool Hospital
  • A novel electrochemical sensor platform capable of providing up to 1000 times the sensitivity of conventional electrochemical sensing platforms, from NanoFlex
  • A small field of view gamma camera, from the BioImaging Unit, University of Leicester
  • Wound diagnostic sensors, from the University of Strathclyde
  • Pixelated CdZnTe detector development for medical imaging applications, from The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • Micro PMT for point-of-care diagnostics, from Hamamatsu Photonics UK
  • HEXITEC: Medical applications of hyperspectral imaging, from the University of Surrey and the Royal Surrey Hospital

This is a major opportunity to meet key players in the detectors and healthcare sectors such as: STFC Innovations, Plextek Consulting, Nanoflex, Johnson Matthey, Royal Liverpool Hospital, Intelligent Fingerprinting, National Institute of Health Research, Institute of Cancer Research & Royal Marsden Foundation Trust, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Integrated Radiological Services, ProteinLogic, Symetrica Security, e2v Technologies, and UKTI.

And the universities of: Cambridge, Leicester, Strathclyde, Aston, Cranfield, Surrey, Leeds Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre, Warwick, and Liverpool.

The deledate rate is £100+VAT for non-UKIF members or £75+VAT for UKIF members. Registration is open here.

Cell Analysis Workshop

Technology Strategy Board

17 July 2013 | The Hatton (Etc Venues), London EC1N 8HN

In discussion with its partners and other experts, The Technology Strategy Board’s Stratified Medicine Innovation Platform (SMIP) has recognised the need to support enabling technologies to achieve its vision. The field of cellular analysis and in vitro imaging has been highlighted as an area that will benefit from further exploration and investment. In response to this opportunity the SMIP is holding a cell analysis workshop to inform on the unmet need and capability within the UK to allow the Technology Strategy Board to identify future competition opportunities. 

The objective of the meeting is to help the Technology Strategy Board and our partners understand the needs and opportunities within this space as we work towards defining the scope of our competition. 

Registration requests should be addressed to Dr Terry O’Neill, SMIP Knowledge Transfer Manager at: If you would like to discuss the event then please feel free to call Terry on 01223 899585.

Solutions to transform the rail customer's experience: A £1M competition 

Enabling Innovation Team

Opened 13 May 2013 for two months

The GB rail industry is seeking innovative solutions which will lead to transformation of the rail customer’s experience, both passengers and freight customers. The Enabling Innovation Team (EIT) is running a £1 million prize-bearing competition for those innovative ideas with the most significant impact for customers.

In addition to solutions from the existing rail supply chain, proposals are sought from non-rail sectors, including transferring best practice technologies, processes and business models from sectors who have successfully transformed their own customers’ experience.

The competition launched on 13 May 2013 and will remain open for two months. Proposals will then be judged, feedback provided and finalists invited to a final award presentation event (September 2013).

For further information and to submit your innovation please visit:

Follow the competition via Twitter #futurerail, or LinkedIn: EIT Rail Customer Experience Competition

Free 'Innovation Matters' Seminar 

from Enterprise Europe East

6 June 2013, afternoon | Hatfield

Does your company need to innovate and introduce new technologies in order to succeed? Are you fully aware of all the ways you can protect your company and technology? Are you trying to find partners to help develop new products and processes? Are you looking to expand into international markets? This seminar is your opportunity to hear about all the services that can help you to protect and exploit your technology and partner with companies and research organisations locally, nationally and internationally. Tap into wider technology resources and leverage the knowledge of others with whom you can collaborate.

This free briefing is being hosted by the University of Hertfordshire and has been jointly organised by the Enterprise Europe Network East of England in collaboration with the Laudens and UK Trade and Investment. Relevant to high technology, manufacturing companies and and others looking to out-perform the rest of the competition, this event will be of interest to CEO's, marketing, sales and technical directors, along with engineers and commercial managers. 

For further details and to register, visit the event site.

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