IKC & Regener8 Annual Conference 2017 – ‘Widening markets, extending reach, growing capability’


IKC & Regener8 Annual Conference 2017 – ‘Widening markets, extending reach, growing capability’

Date: June 23, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Location: Horizon, Leeds

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

A conference programme is below:


Time Details
8.45 Registration and refreshments
9:30 Welcome
Professor Mike Raxworthy University of Leeds
9:40 Keynote speaker: The translational journey of electrospun biomaterials designed to improve soft tissue repair
Dr Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy (NDORMS, Oxford)
Regenerative Devices: Widening technology markets – Dental
Chaired by Professor David Wood
10:10 Design and Manufacture of Modified Nanoscale Hydroxyapatite to Address Unmet Clinical Needs in Dental & Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr Caroline Wilcock – University of Sheffield
10:25 Near-IR Mode-locked Laser Assisted Sintering and Morphological Engineering of Dental Biomaterials – A new approach for the restoration of damaged enamel tissue
Professor Animesh Jha, University of Leeds
10:40 Tissue repair capacity of a prototype antimicrobial-releasing scaffold: dental applications
Dr Giuseppe Tronci, University of Leeds
Dr Lorenzo Pio Serino, Neotherix Ltd
10:55 Community-showcase: Full digital 3D reconstruction and manufacturing of patient-specific maxillofacial implants
Mr Jensen Aw, Attenborough Dental
Mr Edward Attenborough, Attenborough Dental
11.10 1-minute poster pitches
Chaired by Professor Mike Raxworthy
11.30 Coffee break
Extending the reach of innovation best-practice
Chaired by Helen Hurman,  Head of Research Operations at Arthritis Research UK
12.15 Osteochondral Scaffold Bioengineering- Understanding the Challenges
Dr Chaozong Liu, University College London
12.30 Osteochondral scaffold design – lessons from pre-clinical trial of a novel patient-specific biphasic scaffold
Dr Frances Henson, University of Cambridge
12.45 Lunch, poster viewing and networking
Accelerating technologies closer to market
Chaired by Professor Eileen Ingham
14:15 Novel arthroscopic regenerative device: From lab to license, via PoC funding
Dr Thomas Baboolal, University of Leeds
14:30 Community-showcase: Turning your discoveries into approved products with beneficial collaborative approaches
Dr Antoine Alves Senior Research Pathologist, NAMSA
14:45 Community-showcase:  Reducing stress shielding in total knee arthroplasty
Mr Ram Venkatesh, Leeds Teaching Hospitals;
Prof Nico Verdonschot, Radboud University Medical Center;
Dr Adam Brisco, Invibio Ltd
15.00 Decellularised dermis: Pre-clinical and clinical evaluation
Richard Lomas, NHSBT
David Russell, LGI
15:15 Poster prizes – Professor John Fisher
15:20 Coffee break
Developing effective evidence and adoption strategies
Chaired by Professor Edward Draper
15.40 Making the case for adoption
Deborah Morrison, Senior Scientific Adviser, NICE
15:55 Evidence generation for a new medical device: PICO™ single use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
Dr Robin Martin, Smith and Nephew
16:10 Postcards from the Edge: Views from the industry perspective on the experience of the NICE assessment of Holoclar
Professor Chris Bojke, Academic Unit of Health Economics, University of Leeds
16.25 Closing comments – Professor John Fisher
16:40 Close
Call for presentation submissions

Like last year, we’re opening up a session of the conference for crowdsourced content.  This means anyone (who fulfils the criteria) can apply to present. The proposals judged the best (by the event committee) will go to a vote across the IKC-Regener8 and wider med tech community to decide who they most want to see and hear.

If your proposal is shortlisted for the vote but does not win, you may be selected to provide content as an article for the IKC-Regener8’s annual magazine, Regen, or for our websites.

Criteria for session proposals

To propose a session for the IKC-Regener8 Annual Conference the proposer/proposal must:

  • present a challenge within the scope of our Centres:

The translation of university and industry research in regenerative devices (regenerative therapies delivered as Class III medical devices) into commercial products and clinical benefits

  • show a collaborative approach to solving the challenge/project, for example, working with academia, industry, clinicians, regulatory experts, IP experts
  • include a partner (e.g. academic, industry or clinical to complement the role of the proposer)

The strongest proposals will include a mixture of perspectives in solving the challenge, e.g. clinical, industrial, academic, regulatory.

What happens to runners up?

Proposal shortlisted by our judging panel may be selected to provide content as an article for IKC-Regener8’s annual magazine, Regen, for our websites, or to present a poster at the conference

How do I submit the session proposal?

  • Download and read the FAQ document
  • Download and complete the proposal form
  • Email it back to us (med-tech@leeds.ac.uk) by Tuesday 31 January 2017
Call for poster submissions

Poster submissions are invited from researchers, developers and innovators from the IKC-Regener8 and wider regenerative medicine community.

Posters should reflect the core aim of the Medical Technologies IKC and Regener8, which is to support the translation of university and industry-based research and development in regenerative devices (including enabling and companion technologies) into commercial products and clinical benefits.  Details of the scope can be found on the IKC vision webpage.

Poster displays offer a more informal setting in which to learn about a wide variety of research, translational and clinical projects. They provide an excellent opportunity for delegates to showcase their own work and receive further recognition.


Poster abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted by email to med-tech@leeds.ac.uk. Include your title, first name, surname, institution and poster title.

Images to accompany abstracts should be supplied separately i.e. not embedded within the abstract document.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 23rd April 2017.

The acceptance of a poster submission assumes you are able to attend the conference and have registered.  As this event is free to attend and programmes including your name will be disseminated, any non-attendances will be raised with supervisors.

Posters should be no larger than A1 size. The display boards will be covered in nylon loop material and you will need to bring your own Velcro tabs to attach your display materials to the boards.

Poster presenters will be responsible for putting up and removing their posters.

You will give a 1-minute poster pitch as part of the conference programme. Many delegates have found this has increased traffic to their posters during breaks.

Presenters should make themselves available during the conference break times for networking and providing additional detail for poster viewers.

Keynote speaker

Dr Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy will give the key note address at this years conference. The talk will be on ‘The translational journey of electrospun biomaterials designed to improve soft tissue repair.’

Dr Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Botnar Research Centre of the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences in Oxford.

Dr Mouthuy graduated as a bioengineer from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) in 2007 and obtained his DPhil in tissue engineering at the Engineering Science Department in Oxford in 2012.

He joined the Botnar Research Centre as a postdoctorate researcher where he worked with Prof Andrew Carr for three years. Following that, Dr Mouthuy went to continue his work at the Rudjer Boskovi? Institute (Croatia) as a Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Fellow. He returned to the University of Oxford in December 2016. His main research interests are in the development of electrospun biomaterials and the design of bioreactors for musculoskeletal tissue engineering.

Full programme
Early Career Researcher session

Laura Dormer, Editorial Director of the Future Science Group, will facilitate a session for ECR’s focusing on how to get a paper published in a journal.

Laura is responsible for both managing FSG’s Commissioning Department and is the Commissioning Editor for three FSG titles. With nearly 15 years of experience in STM publishing, Laura will offer highly valuable insights and advice to our ECRs attending this session.

This session will run from 15:40 to 17:00, parallel to the final session of the full conference. A agenda is below:


o   Laura Dormer – Editorial Director

o   Future Science Group

  • The journal – Regenerative Medicine and our website RegMedNet.com

The publishing process – common pitfalls and tips to avoid them

o   Submission – initial internal screening by the journal editor

o   External peer review

  • Revision

After publication – what next?

o   Dissemination of research

  • Open access options

Case study – ECR experience


Registration for this session is separate to the conference, and numbers are limited due to the size of the room. You can secure your place via the booking page.

Joining instructions

All registered delegates were emailed a copy of the joining instructions on Monday 19th June. Download the PDF version here.

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