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Invention for Innovation – PDA Call 23 Stage 2 Minutes Committee B


Published: 07 September 2022

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Minutes of the Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme Committee B Meeting to discuss applications to Product Development Awards Call 23 Stage 2.

Date and Location

Meeting held on Thursday 23 June 2022 at LGC Ltd, Grange House, 15 Church Street, Twickenham TW1 3NL and via Zoom Virtual Meeting.

In attendance

Mr Charles Spicer (Chair)
Professor David Hawkes (Deputy Chair)
Mr Vadim Alexandre (Virtual)
Professor Philip Breedon
Miss Helen George (Virtual)
Professor Liam Grover (Virtual)
Professor Paul Leeson
Professor Luca Marciani
Ms Bishara Mohamud
Ms Joanna Smart
Professor Sarah Stapely
Dr Neville Young (Virtual)

NIHR CCF i4i Secretariat

Professor Mike Lewis (Programme Director)
Mr Ben Patient (Director of Innovations)
Dr Ruth Nebauer (Assistant Director)
Dr Andrew Barber
Dr Heike Miess
Mrs Paula Milton
Dr Ian Newington
Ms Rebecca Stevens
Mr Edwin Tucker

Operations Team

Mr Bryan Dar
Mr Nick Dunmore
Ms Harkerat Jandu


Professor Enitan Carrol
Mr Mark Campbell
Mr Chris Sawyer


Ms Nayera Ahmed
Dr Jane Fearnside
Ms Sajni Haria

Applications assessed at Stage 2

NIHR204205: Smart wearable device that helps people with Parkinson's walk better
Conflict Committee Member: Professor Paul Leeson
Funding Committee recommendation: Support

NIHR204169: Organ Quality Assessment (ORQA) - Digital decision-making support tool for point of donation organ assessment
Conflict Committee Member: Professor Paul Leeson, Dr Neville Young
Funding Committee recommendation: Support

NIHR204171: Development and validation of a multi-parameter sensor for optimal resuscitation of high-risk newborns
Conflict Committee Member: Professor Luca Marciani, Professor Philip Breedon
Funding Committee recommendation: Support

NIHR204202: First in human study of the Symatix membrane for the management of corneal defects
Conflict Committee Member: Professor Luca Marciani
Funding Committee recommendation: Reject

NIHR204429: SERENA: Safe, Explainable and tRustworthy Early detectioN of glAucoma via machine learning and statistical modelling of retinal images
Conflict Committee Member: Professor Enital Carol
Funding Committee recommendation: Reject

NIHR204204: Initiative Thermotherapy in Head and Neck Cancers (iTHANC)
Conflict Committee Member: Professor Liam Grover
Funding Committee recommendation: Reject

NIHR204183: A novel spectral biomarker device to diagnose and track disease progression in Huntington's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders
Conflict Committee Member: None
Funding Committee recommendation: Reject

NIHR204209: Developing a fully implantable wireless intracranial recording device for drug-resistant epilepsy
Conflict Committee Member: None
Funding Committee recommendation: Support