• A UCL team, in collaboration with Collagen Solutions plc and Oxford MEStar Ltd., has been awarded an ARUK PoC grant to develop novel functionally biomimetic osteochondral scaffold for large osteochondral defect repairs. A multidisciplinary team (Dr Chaozong Liu, Prof Gordon Blunn and Mr Andy Goldberg), from the Institute of Orthopaedic & Musculoskeletal Science, Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, University College London & the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, aims to develop a novel biomimetic osteochondral scaffold with improved mechanical stability and biological fixation for the treatment of large osteochondral defects. Successful delivery of this program will lead to the development of a scaffold that can be used clinically in a one-step surgical procedure for treatment of large osteochondral defects. As a result, the quality of life of individuals with osteochondral defects, which lead to osteoarthritis (OA) will be improved allowing a pain free, more active lifestyle. – 30 July 2015
  • Through the FutureFlash! Best Project competition, judges at the EuroNanoForum 2015 in Riga have identified and selected the top 10 (out of over 1000) projects launched under the EU Funding Instruments in the field of nanotechnologies and advanced materials. NanoMag has been selected on this list and was presented by Andrea Fornara from SP during the conference. – 28 July 2015
  • MedCity has been working with the Design Council on a unique competition for young start-ups in the medtech field. Aimed at start up firms who have established proof of concept but have yet to go into bulk production. The competition will be open across London and the south east and will see 10 firms selected for a fully funded 10-week design bootcamp with top industrial and health designers, provided expert market analysis support and profession communications and marketing support. The competition will be launching in September with a high-profile pitching and media event scheduled for mid-November. In addition to the competition, this event and expo provides a great chance to showcase any innovative medtech firms we may wish to profile to the media – regardless of whether they enter or not. In this regard please let me know if there are novel/innovative medtech spinouts here at UCL that you think we should highlight/exhibit. The theme of the competition is “independent living” so everything from slips and falls, distance monitoring, medication management etc. For more information please contact Phil Jackson from MedCity.
  • Professor Rachel McKendry was awarded the UCL Provost Spirit of Enterprise Award at this year’s eighth annual UCL Awards for Enterprise. ‘i-sense Director wins 2015 UCL Provost’s Spirit of Enterprise Award‘ (i-Sense website) – June 2015
  • The winner of the London HealthTech Challenge 2015 (sponsored by IBME and the London Business School) is GripSense. GripSense is a smart orthosis that continually monitors, supports, and encourages progress in rehabilitative exercise in post stroke-patients. The team is comprised of two Ph.D. students from UCL and one MBA student from the London Business School. They took home the £10,000 Dhruv Batra Prize to help turn their healthtech idea into a commercial reality. – 2 June 2015 HealthTech
  • Endomag, a spin-out company from UCL who specialise in tools for diagnosing and treating cancer, has made the 2015 shortlist for the MacRobert Award, the UK’s longest-running engineering prize. ‘Firms vie for engineering prize’ (BBC news) – 21 May 2015, ‘Endomag named finalist for Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award’ (News Medical) – 22 May 2015Endomag
  • EPSRC Major Grant Award for Transformational Approaches to Improving Hearing Aid Technology: A UCL and Brunel collaborative team has been awarded an EPSRC grant to develop novel acoustic sensors for the future generation of artificial cochlea implants. A multidisciplinary team led by Dr Wenhui Song, UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, in collaboration with Dr Jonathan Gale, Dr Hassan Zabalawi and Prof Shakeel Saeed, UCL Ear Institute, Dr Xiao Liu, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Dr Antonio Vilches and Mr Thomas Maltby, School of Engineering, Design and Physical Science, Brunel University, aims to develop piezo-nanofibre based acoustic device through nanomaterials, engineering and tissue engineering approaches. The new type of the sensors will have the potential to make future hearing aid or implant devices with better performance, biocompatibility, self-powering or low-power demand, thereby revolutionising hearing aid techniques. An £870K grant funded by EPSRC will support four postdoctoral researchers in this groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project that joins together three UCL Faculties and two London Universities – 27 April 2015
  • IBME’s PhD student George Frodsham in ‘Malaria, Blood Filtration and Anti-counterfeit Implants‘ (Wired) – 01 April 2015


  • Study led by Dr Jemma Kerns and Professor Allen Goodship (UCL Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Science) used Raman spectroscopy to analyse the chemical composition of bones from sailors, in Mary Rose’s crew was riddled with rickets (Daily Mail) – 16 December 2014


  • Sandro Olivo (Med Phys) has won a £290k EPSRC grant for research on “Three-dimensional quantitative x-ray phase imaging” – 21 June 2013
  • Paul Beard, Ben Cox, Adrien Desjardins, Simeon West (Med Phys), Rehan Haidry, Laurence Lovat (Surgery), and Malcolm Finlay (Inst. Cardiovascular Science) have won a £629k EPSRC grant on “Endoscopic photoacustic devices for minimally invasive biomedical sensing and imaging” – 21 June 2013
  • Professor Peng Tee Khaw, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, receives a knighthood “for services to ophthalmology” as one of the foremost ophthalmologist researchers in the field of glaucoma and ocula healing. He has taken his laboratory research through to clinical trials, resulting in improved glaucoma surgery outcomes and developed the Moorfields safer surgery system, which has been adopted around the world – 18 June 2013
  • Nader Saffari (Mechanical Eng) is recipient of an EPSRC responsive mode grant in “Sound bullets for enhanced biomedical ultrasound systems”, joint with Warwick and Leeds; the UCL component is £288k
  • Rachel McKendry (LCN) is PI on the recently awarded £11.1M EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in “Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases” joint between UCL, Newcastle, Surrey, Imperial and LSHTM. UCL CoIs are R Weiss (Immunology), Anne Johnson and D Pillay (Infection & Population Health), Quentin Pankhurst (IBME), Andreas Demosthenous (EEE) and Ingemar Cox (Computer Science).
  • Martin Birchall has been awarded TSB/MRC BIOMEDICAL CATALYST FUNDING for RegenVOX: phase I/II clinical trial of stem cell based tissue engineered laryngeal implants
  • Karin Shmueli has won a £124k EPSRC First Grant on “Optimising magnetic susceptibility mapping to enhance MRI of microbubbles”
  • Nick Tyler (Civil), Mark Miodownik (Mechnical Engineering), Quentin Pankhurst (IBME), Ivan Parkin (Chemistry) and Peter Smitham (Orthopaedics) have won a £994k EPSRC grant titled “Wearable Assistive Materials”
  • Clare Elwell, Jem Hebden, Adam Gibson, Ilias Tactsidis and Nick Everdell (Medical Physics), and Martin Smith (Neurology) have won a £993k EPSRC grant titled “Multimodal neuroimaging: novel engineering solutions for clinical applications and assistive technologies
  • David Hawkes (CMIC), Danny Alexander (CS) and Paul Taylor (Health Info) have been awarded a £812k EPSRC grant titled “Medical imaging markers of cancer initiation, progression and therapeutic response in the breast based on tissue microstructure”


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