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25 Apr

Photonics – from Innovation to Commercialisation in Healthcare

by Benedetta Biffi

Industry Evening Seminar

Tuesday 25 April 2017
18.00 – 19.00
Roberts Building, Lecture Theatre 106 (map)

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Dr Tom Harvey, Head of Technology – Healthcare Photonics at CPI

Innovation in healthcare technologies is about the process of taking an invention and developing it in stages to the point where it becomes adopted and in widespread use. To be successful a new technology or product must be safe to use, have a sound evidence-base showing that it does what is claimed of it and it must demonstrate some competitive advantage, improvement in care delivery, health economic or financial/resource benefit of use. This talk will be about this Innovation process and some of the resources which CPI and other organisations have available to help guide you through it. The particular requirements of innovations which use photonics as a key enabling technology will be considered with examples.

Dr Tom Harvey has the role of Strategic Project Development Manager at CPI. His job is to bring CPI’s new strategic projects from concept to reality, with robust business cases and implementation plans. At present, Dr Harvey is leading CPI’s National Centre for Healthcare Photonics project – which is a new initiative aimed at using photonics as a key enabling technology to assist companies developing products for the Healthcare market. Prior to this he worked in CPI’s Printable Electronics platform focusing on the development of flexible OLED devices and Healthcare applications of printable electronics.

Dr Harvey is an expert in photonics, printed electronics and microfluidics. He is on the Advisory boards of two current EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing; large area electronics (CIMLAE) and laser based manufacturing (CIM-LASER). Prior to joining CPI, he spent many years in industry; first with ICI Materials working on infrared spectroscopy and polymer waveguides, then with Epigem Limited, a company which he co-founded, working on micro-optics, micro-fluidics and micro-electronics. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

CPI is a UK based technology Innovation Centre which is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Established to support the UK process manufacturing industry, CPI collaborates with universities, SMEs and large companies to help overcome innovation challenges and develop next generation products and processes.

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