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Invention for Innovation - Product Development Awards Committee A


Published: 05 July 2019

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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 A

Ms Emma Palmer Foster (Chair) Healthcare Consultant EJ Palmer Consulting

Ms Palmer Foster has 30 years experience in life sciences investment banking, venture capital, investor relations, technology transfer and journalism.

Professor Paul Sibbons (Deputy Chair) Independent pre-clinical Consultant Independent Consultant

Professor Sibbons has extensive experience in pre-clinical surgery, pathology, evaluation and interpretation.


Professor Clive Buckberry

Co-founder and Fellow of Engineering

Quanta Dialysis Technologies

Professor Buckberry is a mechanical engineer by background and has experience in technology development, clinical evaluation and implementation.


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.

Ms Mary Anne Cordeiro Consultant to life science businesses Science to Business Ltd

Ms Cordeiro has expertise in corporate finance and merchant banking to life science companies as well as investment fund experience in the healthcare sector.

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.

Professor David Jayne Professor (Clinical) University of Leeds

Professor Jayne's expertise covers general surgery with coloproctology sub-specialisation, robotic and minimally invasive surgery, gastrointestinal oncology and global surgery.

Mr Derek Jerome  PPI representative     PPI representative     PPI representative   
Professor Pamela Kearns

Professor of Clinical Paediatric Oncology, Honorary Consultant Paediatric Oncologist

University of Birmingham, Birmingham Women and Children’s Hospital

Professor Kearns is a clinician by background with clinical trial expertise in cancer and paediatrics. She was the Director of the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit for over 10 years.

Dr Zahid Latif

VP Global Innovation

Shionogi Europe

Dr Latif is a qualified pharmacist with experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors, specialising in life sciences and technology.

Professor James Moore

The Bagrit Chair in Medical Device Design

Imperial College London

Professor Moore has experience in 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 Michael Schlussel Senior Medical Statistician NDORMS University of Oxford

Dr Schlussel works as a methodologist and trial statistician for different health projects. He has an interest in strengthening medical research integrity and transparency.

Dr Julie Simmonds Managing Director, Equity Research Panmure Gordon

Dr Simmonds has expertise in investment and financial analysis across the healthcare sector, including medical devices, digital health and biotechnology.

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.

Dr Corinne Squire

Interim Director of Clinical Innovation

Cardiff University

Dr Squire has an academic background in biochemistry and has experience in clinical innovations, technology transfer, research development and commercialisation.

Ms Alexina Weekes

PPI representative  

PPI representative   

PPI representative

Dr Charles Young

Emergency Physician / Independent Consultant

St Thomas’ Hospital / Independent Consultant

Dr Young is an Emergency Physician who works in a broad range of senior commercial, academic, and not for profit healthcare roles in the UK and internationally, with a particular focus on digital health innovation, clinical workflows, and healthcare administration.