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Invention for Innovation - Product Development Awards Committee B


08 July 2019


2.0 - January 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 Research Northland Capital Partners Ltd 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 has experience with smart technologies for clinical and medical applications. His research interests cover emerging materials, including biomimetics, biomaterials, biorobotics, wearable technologies, intelligent environments
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 Research Facilitator University College London 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 and has an academic background. He has been granted NIHR awards and therefore, he is familiar with the i4i programmes. Luca has been recently appointed to the European Commission expert panel of medical devices. He has invented a medical device for paediatrics, has 2 patents. Luca has experience in trademarking products, CE marking.
Ms Bishara Mohamud Public Committee Member PPI  Representative PPI  Representative
Ms Jo Smart Chief Operating Officer VivoPlex Medical Ltd Ms Smart is a life sciences business executive with over 15 years' experience, is COO of Vivoplex Medical Ltd, a UK medtech SME
Professor Sarah Stapley Defence Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedics Royal Navy 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