Over 130 delegates took part in the HTC’s National Meeting last month, the final of these annual events before it becomes the NIHR Surgical MedTech Cooperative in January 2018.
The theme of the meeting, on September 26, was jugaad innovation, taken from the Hindi, Urdu or Punjabi word that means finding a low-cost solution to a problem in an intelligent way.
Held at Leeds Town Hall, the day began with key note presentations from four experienced “blue sky” researchers who have successfully navigated the journey from jugaad concept to commercialisation. They included Professor Jaideep Prabhu, co-author of ‘Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth’ and National Clinical Lead for Innovation at NHS England, Professor Tony Young.
The other keynote speakers – Dr Jesudian Gnanaraj, Lancet Commissioner for Global Surgery in India and Professor Manju Ray from the Bose Institute in Kolkata – also co-hosted two of the roundtable discussions that took place during the afternoon. These small group sessions were aimed at generating ideas and sharing expertise within the room
Dr Gnanaraj co-hosted the session on laparoscopic surgery and anaesthesia, while Professor Ray co-hosted a discussion focusing on nanoparticles. The other topics under discussion in the roundtable sesions were targeted therapies, low-cost engineering, precision surgery, young innovators and patient and public involvement.
HTC Clinical Director, Professor David Jayne, said: “This last annual meeting for the HTC was the perfect mix of informative and intriguing speakers with fruitful discussions and excellent networking opportunities. We were really pleased to see the roundtable discussions create new contacts between potential collaborators and generate several research project ideas to pursue in the future.”