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 marketed.

“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 Council (KCC).

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.

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