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Invention for Innovation - Product Development Awards Committee B


08 July 2019


3.0 - June 2022


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 four committees: two for Product Development Awards (committee A and committee B), one for Challenge Awards, and one for Connect.

Committee members - Product Development Awards Selection Committee B

Mr Charles Spicer (Chair) Chairman  CREO Medical Group PLC  Mr Spicer is an experienced company director, corporate finance adviser and investor who focuses on the life science and medical technology sectors
Professor David Hawkes (Deputy Chair) Professor of Computational Imaging Sciences University College London Professor Hawkes is a physicist with 44 years’ experience in medical imaging research, working closely with healthcare providers and industry to translate novel imaging science to the clinic
Mr Vadim K Alexandre Head of Healthcare SP Angel Mr Alexandre spearheads the Healthcare Team at SP Angel, an independent investment bank which provides financing solutions to growing companies. The team has extensive expertise in advising Life Sciences and Medtech businesses
Professor Philip Breedon Professor of Smart Technologies Nottingham Trent University Professor Breedon leads the Medical Engineering Design Research group and supports the Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF) at NTU. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT professional. He is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons MSK Robotic and Digital Surgery Subgroup and a Royal Academy of Engineering Mentor. His research interests and latest projects centre on new and emerging technologies and materials.
Mr Mark Campbell Freelance Consultant  Independent Expert Mr Campbell is an independent healthtech consultant who, until 2019, was responsible for NICE’s medtech evaluation programmes. He has also worked at Director level in an NHS commissioning organisation
Professor Enitan Carrol Chair in Paediatric Infection, and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology University of Liverpool Professor Carrol is a research active paediatrician. Her interests include exploring the use of infection related biomarkers as diagnostics, to monitor an individual's response to serious bacterial infection and to direct antibiotic therapies
Miss Helen George  Public Committee Member PPI  Representative PPI  Representative
Professor Liam Grover Professor of Biomaterials Science and Director of the Healthcare Technologies Institute University of Birmingham Professor Grover is a biomaterials scientist with a particular expertise in the development of hard tissue replacements and linking implant resorption with bone formation and chemical engineering
Professor Paul Leeson Head of Oxford Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility  University of Oxford Professor Leeson is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford, Research Fellow at Wolfson College and Head of the Oxford Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility. He is also a Consultant Cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, where he provides expertise in Cardiovascular Imaging, as well as General Cardiology and Cardiovascular Prevention through the Oxford Specialist Hypertension Clinic
Professor Luca Marciani Professor of Gastrointestinal Imaging University of Nottingham Professor Marciani is a physicist by background with interests in biomedical and translational imaging research. He has been holder of NIHR i4i grants and has experience in developing medical devices.
Ms Bishara Mohamud Public Committee Member PPI Representative PPI Representative
Mr Chris Sawyer  Innovation Lead, Digital Health  Innovate UK Mr Sawyer has been leading on the Digital Health Technology Catalyst programme and is now working on the Biomedical Catalyst.
Ms Joanna Smart Non Executive Chair Oxford Cancer Biomarkers Ms Smart is a life sciences business executive with over 15 years' experience. Ms Smart has experience in advising life sciences companies on licensing, corporate strategy, fundraising and M&A opportunities
Professor Sarah Stapley Emeritus Defence Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedics. Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics Royal Navy, Portsmouth Hospital University Trust. Professor Stapley is a consultant in trauma and orthopaedic injury with a special interest in hand surgery
Dr Neville Young Director of Enterprise & Innovation Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (Y&H AHSN) Dr Young holds a PhD in molecular embryology and is experienced with innovative surgical tools, intraoperative imaging systems, novel biosensing diagnostics, nanotechnology and remote monitoring