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Mandy Kloppers

North-South MedTech Summit to feature healthcare and technology speakers across the UK

A new virtual MedTech summit will welcome SMEs, innovators, academics and clinicians to explore new collaborations together.

The North-South MedTech Summit is led by the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative and Bournemouth University in partnership with the OVHcloud Startup Program and powered by Empact Ventures.

The free-of-charge virtual event will take place on Friday 26th November 2021 to create new discussions, insights and collaborations from the UK MedTech ecosystem and beyond.

The North-South MedTech Summit follows on from the Virtual Northern MedTech Summit in January 2021, and the Market Access for MedTech Course powered by the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative, Empact Ventures and other partners.

The upcoming summit is supported by HealthTech World and the Leeds Academic Health Partnership (LAHP) who will join 40+ speakers across 8 roundtables featuring Innovate UK, IQ Capital, the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network, the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), the University of Leeds, Brandon Medical Co and more.

The summit will also feature a Startup & Scale-up Showcase of MedTech Startups and Scale-ups across the UK, Ireland and Europe selected by the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative from the Super Connect for Good 2021 Competition.

These will include QV Bioelectronics in Manchester, CanSense in Swansea, UNEEG Medical UK and Medisieve in London, iLof (Intelligent Lab on Fiber) in Oxford, Miwendo Solutions in Barcelona, VirtuLeap in Lisbon, Happyr Health in Cambridge and RemmedVR in Warsaw.

There will also be a MedTech Exhibition to connect over video with support organisations including the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative, OVHcloud Startup Program, Leeds Academic Health Partnership (LAHP) and BSI Group with other MedTech SMEs like Be Nosy and Miicare in London, DiabTrend in Budapest and others.

There will also be an opportunity for attendees to take part in one-to-one video speed networking with other attendees. In addition, for those that opt-in, the Empact Ventures team will facilitate 3 free super connections to potential partners, clients or funders.

Vee Mapunde, Programme Director of the National Institute for Health Research Surgical MedTech Co-operative, commented:_ “As part of our research programme grant, the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative hosts a National Meeting annually which is an opportunity for delegates to network and create new multidisciplinary collaborations and secondly to stimulate the development of innovative ideas to address challenges in surgery. This year we will be co-hosting this event with Bournemouth University as the North-South MedTech Summit to showcase and stimulate MedTech collaborations between our two organisations, supported by Empact Ventures and OVHcloud. We are really looking forward to some stimulating discussions that will hopefully lead to fruitful collaborations for the use of big data/robotics/internet of things/AR/VR to drive the next surgical revolution also known as Surgery 4.0.”_

Ian Jones, Head of External Engagement at Bournemouth University commented,_ “We’re delighted to be involved in supporting this conference. At BU, we’re committed to helping people live better for longer, through the research we conduct, to the courses we teach and our industry partnerships and are looking forward to engaging with the latest industry technology which may support our future work”_

Philip Marais, UK-Northern Europe Lead of the OVHcloud Startup Program“We are very pleased to be a partner of the North-South Medtech Summit. It is exciting to see the level of innovation in HealthTech and MedTech in the UK. This event will certainly bring together key players from the MedTech ecosystem and also create opportunities for those attending. Don’t miss it!”

Kosta Mavroulakis, Founder & CEO of Empact Ventures & Super Connect for Good, added“__We are delighted to be introducing our third MedTech initiative of 2021 following the success of our previous two with the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative. We look forward to bringing together a local to an international audience from across the MedTech ecosystem to share insights and explore collaborations that will benefit society in years to come”.

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