- Useful for
- Clinicians & Scientists
Welcome to the NIHR Colorectal Therapies Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC). We are focused on looking at developing novel solutions to both the challenges faced by patients who suffer from colorectal disease and the needs of clinicians in treating these patients. In order to do this we are developing a network of academic, NHS, industry and patient partners to focus on developing solutions in three areas: Engineering, Nanotechnology & Biosensing.
The Colorectal Therapies HTC network will build on existing strengths in these areas in order to foster a national and international profile for the HTC and our aim is to serve as the first port of call for individuals, innovators, researchers and organisations involved in the treatment of colorectal disease.
For clinicians the HTC offers access to a diverse range of scientific talent with expertise to address innovations gaps.
Scientists & Academics
For Scientists & Academics HTC brings clinicians engagement for research collaboration.
Industry benefits include access to both scientific expertise and clinical engagement.
The HTC has supported the development of a technology to address one of the major issues for surgeons conducting keyhole surgery: how to create space in which to operate.
- Project Lead
- Dr Peter Culmer, Colorectal HTC Engineering Lead
A laser technology that can immediately diagnose cancerous and pre-cancerous polyps in the colon is being trialled in the UK with support from the HTC.
- Project Lead
- Dr Venkat Subramaniam, Consultant Gastroenterologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals
To support research activities in key areas of unmet clinical need, identified at our annual meeting, the HTC is offering 'incubator packages' for open competition.
The HTC Foundation’s (HTCf) second Innovation Programme was launched last month with a ‘Surgical Hack Event’, attended by students from across the University of Leeds and guest speakers from the HTC and from the University’s Surgery and Engineering departments.