Collaboration – The cornerstone of diagnostic innovation

By Mhairi Anderson, Operations Manager at Diagnostics North East


Diagnostics play a fundamental role in supporting healthcare professionals to make better, more informed decisions for their patients.  However, to make meaningful leaps forward, and translate innovations into practice, collaboration is key.

By working together and harnessing our collective skills and expertise, the North East of England is uniquely placed to support the full diagnostic development pathway, and actively support our life science sector through investment in our region.

Originally established in 2017, Diagnostics North East (DxNE) was created in recognition of our unrivalled regional infrastructure and expertise, which can support diagnostic development, from discovery, development, and evaluation through to adoption and commercialisation.

As a proud part of Newcastle Health Innovation Partners (NHIP), NHIP offers a fantastic vehicle for this, allowing us to unite our three partner organisations (Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Health Innovation North East and North Cumbria) with a shared ambition for regional growth.

With the spirit of collaboration at the forefront of all we do, every year DxNE holds a conference to bring together experts from across academia, industry, and healthcare to learn, share and celebrate their successes together.

This year the event take place on 19th April at The Catalyst in Newcastle upon Tyne, where we will welcome three incredible keynote speakers – Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed (University of Liverpool), Sir James Mackey (Chief Executive, Newcastle Hospitals) and Professor John Simpson (Director, Newcastle HealthTech Research Centre).  We are also delighted to be hosting an interactive discussion on the role of innovative diagnostics in addressing critical issues facing the NHS.

I’m particularly looking forward to this year’s session on public and patient involvement and engagement (PPIE) in research and innovation.  This session is being led by Kasia Kirowska, Head of PPIE at NHIP, and will include patients in an active discussion on the value PPIE brings.  Likewise, we have a great selection of new break out session topics, including innovations in endoscopy, pathology in clinical trials, and building a highly specialised laboratory service.

We have listened to feedback from last time, and have incorporated a highly sought after session on medical device regulation,  plus a follow on from last years care pathways analysis session – “Where might my test work?”.  This session was hugely popular last year, and I can’t wait to see what the team come up with this year.

Collaborative working is the cornerstone of our success in diagnostics across the North East and we very much look forward to bringing everyone together at the conference next month – to further nurture the expertise and strength of knowledge that exists across our area.

We are very grateful to the sponsors of this year’s event, including our gold sponsors:

LifeArc, Roche Diagnostics UK, Invest North East England, Newcastle Health Innovation Partners, Newcastle NIHR HealthTech Research Centre, NovoPath and the North East Innovation Lab.

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