Worcestershire’s WINNing formula highlights the region’s med tech leadership

Published Monday, 20th November 2017

SOME of Worcestershire’s world class scientific research will be showcased as the region’s leading innovators gather for another WINN Wednesday event.

Keynote speakers at the November 22 ‘Changing Lives’ gathering include Genomes ambassador Charlotte Hitchcock, and Dr Steven Ward-Smith of Malvern Instruments.

Representing the Genomes 100,000 project, Charlotte Hitchcock will be discussing the ambitious research plan aimed at sequencing 100,000 genomes from 70,000 NHS patients (and their family members) with rare diseases or cancer.  The scheme could pave the way for new and effective treatments, and has the potential to transform the way people are cared for by creating a new genomic medicine service for the NHS.

Meanwhile, Steven Ward-Smith will be leading a discussion about nanotechnology within the pharmaceutical industry, and the research being done by Worcestershire-based Malvern Instruments. Their work has delivered the materials, technology and expertise that have given scientists the world over an ability to understand and control the properties of dispersed systems. Dr Ward-Smith will be sharing some of the potential breakthroughs with fellow Worcestershire innovators on Wednesday.

Joining Charlotte Hitchcock and Steven Ward-Smith at the lectern will be Nicky Langford and Terry Smith.

Nicky is the Fundraising Officer of the Rory The Robot Appeal – a drive to raise £1.6m to bring a state-of-the-art Da Vinci robotic surgical system to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. More than £370,000 has already been raised for the machine which is set to be used for the treatment of prostate cancer.

The Managing Director of Jointmedica Ltd, Terry Smith will be speaking about his firm’s work at the cutting edge of knee replacement and bespoke surgical implants. The Worcester-based business works in cooperation with leading orthopaedic surgeons and engineers in the delivery of artificial knees and customised joint replacements.

The evening networking event will be hosted by Jess Antley of Worcestershire County Council, and focussed on the key role played by Worcestershire in the UK’s £27bn medical technology industry.

“Our WINN Wednesdays deliver a real insight into the contribution our region is making to the UK, and are a tremendous example of how great things can happen when people get together,” said Jess.

“We continue to be inspired by the speakers who share their stirring stories of success, passion and a dedication to their extraordinary profession.”

The event runs from 5pm until 8.30pm at the University Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester. Free parking is available, together with complimentary food and mocktails.

WINN Wednesdays are a series of business networking events focussed on exhibiting innovation and talent throughout the county of Worcestershire.