Monday, 20 October 2014

RAT Group researchers visit industrial partners in Portugal!

Professor Sue Mawson and Dr Jack Parker travelled to Porto and Lisbon (Portugal) to visit Paulo Dos Santos (CEO of Kinematix) to explore new innovative ideas for using the Intelligent Shoe. 

Paulo Dos Santos and Dr Jack Parker in the office of Kinematic (left)
Professor Sue Mawson enjoying the sights of Lisbon (right).
The visit also included an international conference promoting collaboration between industry and healthcare.

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and Kinematix hosted Connected Health: Bridging the Gap Between Innovation and Practice – Champions and Partnerships (Portugal and UK). Chaired by Dr Jack Parker (RAT Group, University of Sheffield (UoS)) and opened by Mrs Kirsty Hayes (HM Ambassador) and Professor Alexandre Abrantes (Deputy Director – National School of Public Health (UNL) Portugal), the event included a number of eminent speakers including: 
The UKTI conference agenda

·       Frances Pennell-Buck (UKTI)

·       Professor Wesley Vernon (Head of Podiatry Service – STH)

·       Professor Sue Mawson (Prof of Health Services Research UoS, Director of CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber)

·       Professor José C. Principe (Prof of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering – University of Florida USA, Director of Computational Neuro-Engineering Laboratory (CNEL).

CEO’s from four successful industry partners also presented Portuguese / UK success cases: Kinematix, Hopecare, Tunstall, and Blueworks.

The event was divided into three panels – Panel I focusing on Portugese / UK market capabilities; Panel II on Innovative products and collaborations where Professor Sue Mawson delivered her presentation ‘Working in Partnership with Industry to Address the Wealth and Health Agenda in the NHS.’ The final panel highlighted industrial success stories where CEO’s were able to describe their successes in bring industry into healthcare.
Professor Sue Mawson delivering her presentation

The visit provided an excellent international platform for stakeholders to come together and embrace the government’s health and wealth agenda - ‘Innovation, Health and Wealth: accelerating adoption and diffusion in the NHS’ (DoH 2011). In addition, there were opportunities for further collaboration and networking and importantly, a valuable insight into how industry can bridge the gap between innovation and practice.

Written by Dr Jack Parker

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