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Invention for Innovation - Product Development Awards Committee C


Published: 31 October 2023

Version: 1.0 November

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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 - Product Development Awards Selection Committee C


Ms Joanna Smart (Chair)

Investor Director


Ms Smart has been active in the life sciences sector for over 20 years, as a CEO, non-executive chair and board director with experience in operating roles in SMEs, startups, global biotech, and investment banking.

Dr Matthew Reeves (Deputy Chair)

Associate Professor/Reader in Molecular Virology

University College London

Dr Reeves has a specialty in infectious diseases focusing primarily on human cytomegalovirus latency and reactivation, and viral pathogenesis in human transplantation.

Professor Philip Breedon

Professor of Smart Technologies

Nottingham Trent University

Professor Breedon is a medical design engineer with interests in wearable and rehabilitation technologies, Extended Reality, AI, surgical and mobile robotics and the surgical pathway.

Mr Mark Campbell

Independent healthtech consultant


Mr Campbell advises companies, life science organisations and public sector agencies on value proposition development, evidence generation and health technology assessment for devices, diagnostics and digital health technologies.

Mr Ravi Chana

Head of Business Development

Roche Diagnostics UK Limited

Mr Chana has a broad range of expertise in business development, market access, health economics, medtech commercialisation and value based healthcare.

Professor Liam Grover

Professor of Biomaterials Science and Director of the Healthcare Technologies Institute

University of Birmingham

Professor Grover is a biomaterials scientist whose research focuses on designing materials that enhance the tissue regeneration process.

Professor Gail Hayward

Associate Professor

University of Oxford

Professor Hayward is a practising GP and experienced in diagnostics and infectious diseases research in primary care.

Mr Derek Jerome

Public Committee Member

PPI  Representative

PPI  Representative

Professor Paul Leeson

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Professor Leeson is a consultant cardiologist with expertise in using AI and imaging to develop novel approaches to cardiovascular disease management.

Professor Luca Marciani

Professor of Gastrointestinal Imaging

University of Nottingham

Professor Marciani is a physicist with expertise in biomedical and translational imaging research and particular interests in magnetic resonance imaging and medical devices.

Professor James Moore

The Bagrit and Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Medical Device Design

Imperial College London

Professor Moore has experience of research commercialisation and his interests include cardiovascular biomechanics, implantable devices, and the lymphatic system.

Dr Nick de Pennington


Ufonia Limited

Dr de Pennington is a former neurosurgeon with experience in digital innovation, health AI and clinical entrepreneurship.

Dr Andrew Sims

Head of Department, Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne


Dr Sims is a medical physicist specialising in technology assessment of medical devices and diagnostics. He has expertise in medical image analysis and research commercialisation.

Ms Alexina Weekes

Public Committee Member

PPI  Representative

PPI  Representative

Dr Neville Young

Director of Enterprise & Innovation

Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber

Dr Young has experience with innovative surgical tools, intraoperative imaging systems, novel biosensing diagnostics, nanotechnology and remote monitoring.