Kent Medical Industry Conference
Canterbury Christ Church University
played host to more than 60 delegates at the inaugural Kent Medical Industry Conference
on Thursday, July 11.
The event was organised by Rahul Kanegaonkar, the University’s Professor of
Medical Innovation, to bring together
all parties interested in medical innovation and medical industry in Kent, and
to forge a plan to drive medical innovation projects in the county.
Delegates representing Kent’s burgeoning
tech industry, clinicians and innovators were able to hear from a range of
speakers, and Mr Kanegaonkar said that all delegates showed a real commitment
to driving innovation in Kent.
“The conference was a great
opportunity for industry, clinicians, the Clinical Research Network and KSS
AHSN to come together and see how we can forge stronger links to drive medical
innovation,” he said.
“We want to help local industry with
their projects and local clinicians to benefit from innovations, as well as
enabling them to develop their own concepts into something that could be
“We plan to meet again and discuss how
we can keep this momentum going, and ideally run another event that draws
together more of the region’s clinicians and industry.”
There was a range of talks on the day,
covering everything from how the Clinical Research Network and KSS AHSN work to
support innovation, to information of funding available through Kent County
Peter Carpenter, KSS AHSN’s Delivery
Director, stressed how important it was for all parties to work together to serve
the patients of Kent and Medway.
“Research suggests it takes 17 years
for research and innovation to come into practice, so we need to start doing
things differently, it’s not just about changing care for a small cohort of
patients,” he said.
“For example, our tech navigator work
sets out how AHSNs are looking to increase the use of new technology into clinical
settings at a system level.”
The final talk came from Debra
Teasdale, Dean, Faculty of Health &
Wellbeing Canterbury Christ Church University, on the creation of the new Kent
& Medway Medical School.
“There was something very distinctive
about today’s event around having the opportunity to speak to both industry and
clinicians, and help them to think about their role in the school, and reflect
on how they could contribute towards its future success,” she said.