The funding committees for the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme are multidisciplinary, comprising academic, clinical and commercial experts, as well as patient and public members. i4i has five committees: three for Product Development Awards (committee A, committee B and committee C), one for Challenge Awards, and one for Connect.
Committee members - Connect
|Professor Paul Sibbons (Chair)
Independent pre-clinical Consultant
Professor Sibbons has extensive experience in pre-clinical surgery, pathology, evaluation and interpretation.
|Dr Ayokunmi (AJ) Ajetunmobi
|Director Venture Development
|We are Pioneer Group
Dr Ajetunmobi oversees venture programmes that fund breakthrough life sciences startups. These programmes have launched over 100 companies that have raised over £350 million to date.
Professor Peter Bannister
|Romilly Life Sciences
Professor Bannister helps build high-growth businesses by commercialising innovative products in multiple markets and leads on R&D activities.
|Dr Anna Barnes
|Director of KiTEC
|King’s Technology Evaluation Centre, King’s College London
|Dr Barnes is a clinical scientist with a broad range of expertise in imaging statistics, medical technology assessment and artificial intelligence.
|Dr David Brownlee
|Health and Social Care (HSC) Innovations
|Dr Brownlee has experience in commercialisation, intellectual asset management, research agreements, research translation, assessing the value of healthcare technologies, technology management and innovation strategy.
|Professor Sanjukta Deb
|Professor of Biomaterials
|King's College London
Professor Deb has expertise in biomaterials chemistry and researches the development of biomaterials to restore function of traumatised or diseased tissue using innovative analogue materials.
|Miss Rosie Forder
|Public Committee Member
|Dr Nasir Hannan
|General Practitioner & Partner
|Priory Gardens Surgery
Dr Hannan is a General Practitioner, with an interest in digital services. He is also a member of the Primary Care Leadership group for Clinical Research Network (CRN) East of England.
|Mr Michael King
Investor Relations Manager/Medical Technology analyst
Advanced Medical Solutions
Mr King is a medical technology specialist within the global medical technology industry.
|Professor Nick Lemoine
Director, Medical Director
Barts Cancer Institute,
Professor Lemoine is a world leader in pancreatic cancer research and has interest in the development of oncolytic virotherapy and cancer vaccines.
|Professor Philip Quirke
Professor of Pathology
University of Leeds
|Professor Quirke is a consultant histopathologist and has expertise in gastrointestinal pathology, molecular pathology, microbiome, bowel cancer, quality of surgery, trials and screening.
Dr Frank Ratcliff
Director of Industry and Innovation
Health Innovation Wessex
Dr Ratcliff has a background in genetics and expertise in commercial research which spans all stages from lab research and IP to major global products.
|Mr Danny Roberts
|Public Committee Member
|Mr Tim Robinson
|Health Innovation East Midlands
Mr Robinson has over 20 years experience of UK healthcare, gained through roles in the NHS and a variety of commercial roles with healthcare software businesses.
|Professor Jacky Smith
|Professor of Respiratory Medicine
|The University of Manchester
Professor Smith is a leading clinical academic in the field of cough. She runs a multi-disciplinary team whose focus is on understanding mechanisms underlying cough.
|Dr Gary Thorpe
|Gary Thorpe Associates Limited
Dr Thorpe's experience combines academic science with medical diagnostics and technology transfer.