IKC & Regener8 Annual Conference 2018 – Medtech innovation: best practice


IKC & Regener8 Annual Conference 2018 – Medtech innovation: best practice

Date: June 29, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Location: Leeds

The Medical Technologies IKC and Regener8 are back in 2018 to host a one-day conference on 29th June, focussing on best practice in translating regenerative devices – a potential £1bn industry in the UK.

The full programme will be announced in 2018, secure your place now to avoid disappointment.

Virtual surgeon Shafi Ahmed confirmed as keynote speaker

Shafi Ahmed is a surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator and entrepreneur, working on new technologies enhancing surgical education globally.

His online videos have been watched hundreds of thousands of times, earning him the accolade of most-watched surgeon in human history.

His company Virtual Medics has developed the use of wearable technology in education and clinical practice. This has allowed the development of a web-placed platform to stream live and interactive teaching. They have recently released a global surgical curriculum.

In May 2014, using Google Glass, he performed and streamed a live interactive operation to 14,000 students and trainees across 132 countries and 1100 cities.

He is the cofounder of Medical Realities – a group offering surgical training products, specialising in virtual reality, augmented reality and serious games. In 2016, in collaboration with Barts Health, Medical Realities and Mativision, he performed the world’s first virtual reality operation recorded and streamed live in 360 degrees. It was viewed by 55,000 people in 140 countries and 4,000 cities and reached 4.6 million people on Twitter. This event was covered worldwide on over 400 newspaper and online articles including BBC Click and Sky News, ABC News.

His work has been featured on Wired, The Guardian, The Telegraph, ABC News, CNET, Verge, Huffington Post, and Tech China.

In 2016, he performed the world’s first live operation using Snapchat Spectacles where he trained 200 medical students and surgical trainees, which was covered by Time magazine, The BBC and Cosmopolitan. The operation has been viewed over 100 000 times.

He is the cofounder and Medical Director of Hearthy an open source blockchain company and is a non-executive director of Medic creations.

Prof Ahmed will deliver his presentation ‘The Virtual Surgeon’ in Leeds on 29th June.


Getting started with video content: a parallel session

Want to know more about promoting your research with videos?

Freya Leask of Future Science Group (publishers) will lead a workshop at the IKC & Regener8 Annual Conference on simple video content for researchers.

Friday 29th June 2018

Horizon Conference Centre, Leeds

11.30am-12.30pm (parallel to the conference)

Freya is Editor of RegMedNet, and is passionate about digital and STM publishing, as well as regenerative medicine and medical 3D printing.

RegMedNet is a networking site that unites all members of the diverse regenerative medicine community, enabling them to share the latest news, inspiration and insights, and connect and collaborate in order to help this exciting field move forward at an even faster rate.

Their YouTube channel hosts exclusive videos in the latest in regenerative medicine using a mixture of formats.

In recent years, vlogging has become an exploding trend among internet communities. By combining the basic blogging with the richness of story-telling available in video, vlogs are a powerful and accessible way to create an exciting online presence to enhance your digital portfolio and footprint.

11.30 – Introduction from Freya Leask (Publisher, Future Science Group

11.30 – My vlogging experience – Farshid Sefat (MeDe Innovation ‘Vlog like a Pro’ winner 2018)

11.50 – Workshop session on creating video content

12.25 – Close of session

Registration is essential, book now to secure your place.

Full programme

10.00    Registration and Refreshments
10:30    Welcome – Professor John Fisher

Keynote: The Virtual Surgeon
10.45    Shafi Ahmed, Consultant and surgeon; co-founder, Medical Realities

Ahmed’s startup, Medical Realities, is in the process of developing The Virtual Surgeon, a 360° VR platform for surgical training.

11.20    Coffee

Working in partnership with industry
Chair: Graeme Howling

11.35 Jonathan Jeffers (Imperial Collage London) –  Additive manufacture for orthopaedic applications

11.50 Andrew Hopkinson (University of Nottingham) – TITLE TBC

12.05 Phil Davies (University of Leeds) –  Developing a biomimetic antimicrobial hydrogels for periodontal disease – working with Credentis

12.20 Richard Baker (University of Bradford) and Peter Iddon (Neotherix) –  – Evaluation of the novel PhotoTherix™ Scaffold System for treating infected skin wounds: an update

Competition pitches
Chair: Rowan Grant

12.35   Thomas Paterson – University of Sheffield
Alison Lane – Durham University
Alice Philipson – University of Leeds
Katharina Clitherow- University of Sheffield
Lekha Koria – University of Leeds
Thomas Paterson – University of Sheffield

13.00    Lunch and networking

Making everyday life better for all people with arthritis in the UK
Chair: Orlando Arnold – Transformational Income Lead (ARUK)

14.30 Chris Sammon and Christine Le Maitre (Sheffield Hallam University) – Novel Injectable Biomaterial for intervertebral disc regeneration in spine

14.45 Zeike A Taylor (University of Sheffield)– TITLE TBC

15:00 Richie Gill (University of Bath) & Alberto Casonato – ‘Toka®: A High Precision Patient Specific High Tibial Osteotomy Procedure’

Bringing medical technology closer to clinic
Chair: Jenny Spear

15.15 Ben Varcoe (University of Leeds) – The Creavo Story

15.30 Chaozong Liu (UCL) – The Use of Osteochondral Scaffold in Early Intervention of Osteoarthritis from Bench to Clinic

15.45 Louise Jennings (University of Leeds) & Laura Macri Pellizzeri (University of Nottingham)–  TITLE TBC

16:00    Closing comments and prize awards – Jo Dixon Hardy and John Fisher

16:05    Close of meeting – Mike Raxworthy

Delegate joining instructions

There is no charge for this event, however, should you be unable to attend please cancel your ticket giving us as much notice as possible.

Here is some useful information about the venue and arrangements for the day:

Event programme

Registration will commence from 10am with tea and coffee available, and the session will begin promptly at 10.30am with an introduction from Professor John Fisher.

A full copy of the program can be found on the IKC website

We will be running a parallel session from 11.30am-12.25pm on ‘Getting started with video content’. This will be facilitated by Freya Leask, Editor of RegMedNet. Registration for this session is additional to the conference (so if you wish to attend the session, update your registration information), further details including the agenda can be found on the event booking page.

Venue details

Horizon Leeds


Address: 2 Brewery Wharf Kendell Street, Leeds LS10 1JR

Horizon Phone Number: 0844 334 5248

Horizon Leeds is situated in the vibrant riverside location of Brewery Wharf. It is on the 3rd floor of 2 Brewery Wharf, Kendall Street, directly opposite the entrance to Jurys Inn.

There is disabled access throughout the building with two lifts in the ground floor lobby.

Dietary and accessibility requirements
Unless you have already done so, please update your registration with any dietary (other than vegetarian) requirements or, for accessibility requirements please email med-tech@leeds.ac.uk by Wednesday 27th June.

Photo permissions

An official photographer will be taking photographs for use by the University for marketing and publicity uses in our publications, on our website and in social media or in any third party publication. Please contact a member of staff if you wish to be exempted from this activity

Getting to Horizon Leeds

By road

The M621 is only 0.2 miles from Horizon Leeds.  At junction 3 take the exit for the A653. Continue on to Meadow Road /A653. Turn left on to Meadow Lane. Slight left on to Bridge End. Turn right on to Dock Street. Dock Street turns right and becomes Kendall Street. Horizon Leeds will be on your right.

Car parking

Car parking is not available at the venue. The Brewery car park is situated at the back of Waterloo Road (directly off Kendall Street). At the end of Kendall Street turn right onto Waterloo Road. Continue to the end of Waterloo Road and turn left on to Hunslet Road. The car park entrance is left turn off Hunslet Road.

By train 

Leeds train station is only a 9 minute walk from Horizon Leeds. Leave the station via the Marks and Spencer exit (directly in front of the exit barriers). Turn right onto New Station Street. After 0.2 miles walk down the steps. Walk to end of the road (past Mission nightclub). Turn right onto Lower Briggate. Cross the road and continue on to Bridge End. Walk over the bridge. Turn left onto Dock Street. Turn right at the entrance to Brewery Wharf (this will be on your (right). Walk to the end of the road.  Horizon Leeds will be on your left and Jurys Inn will be directly in front of you.

Internet access

Complimentary WiFi access will be available at the venue.


If you require accommodation we recommend the Jurys Inn Hotel directly opposite the Horizon Conference Venue (https://www.jurysinns.com/hotels/leeds)

(Please note we will not be able to reimburse travel or accommodation fees)


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