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Come along to our showcase of medical technologies from around the world. 13 top innovators – carefully selected from alumni of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Leaders In Innovation Fellowships Programme – will pitch for investment, collaborations and support for their early-stage start-ups.
The theme of the 2020 LIF Advance programme is ‘disability inclusion and reducing inequalities in healthcare’ and each technology addresses this important challenge.
The innovations include a personalised hand prosthesis, biodegradable bone implants, smart bedding and a compact, portable robot for rehabilitation training – to mention just a few.
The LIF Advance Programme is highly prestigious, supporting only the most talented innovators and entrepreneurs – you can therefore be assured of seeing high-quality ventures on the day.
Image shows a product from one of the showcasing companies Techcare Innovation – the CR2-Haptic – an all in one device for upper limb training.
The programme is delivered as part of the Newton Fund which, through a variety of science and innovation activities, supports the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.
• Introduction from Dr Hayaatun Sillem, CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering (see bio below)
• Welcome from Kevin Brooks – our MC for this event
• First set of pitches
• Second set of pitches
• Break & vote for your favourite pitch
• Presentation from Sheana Yu, CEO & Founder of Aergo (see bio below)
• Closing remarks & winner announced
CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering
Hayaatun has extensive leadership experience in UK and international engineering, innovation, and diversity and inclusion activities. She is chair of the government’s Innovation Expert Group and the St. Andrews Prize for the Environment; trustee of EngineeringUK and Foundation for Science & Technology; member of the Made Smarter Commission; director of Festival 2022 Ltd; and advisor to accelerateHER and Lloyd’s Register Foundation. She has been named as one of the ‘Inspiring 50 Women in Tech’ and one of the most influential women in engineering and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and Honorary Professor at UCL. Hayaatun was awarded a CBE for services to International Engineering in the 2020 New Year’s Honours.
Sheana is an award-winning design engineer who has a passion for delivering social impact through design. Sheana’s creations have been exhibited worldwide in places such as Dubai Design District, Tokyo Design week and Milan Design Museum. She is a double MSc graduate from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, and has since established herself as a renowned conceptual designer, working on projects such as the Aura anti-pollution device and Tokyo’s Transportation system. Affected by scoliosis throughout her life, Sheana is driven to support wheelchair users to live more comfortably with Aergo. Her early prototypes gained support from the James Dyson Foundation, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Commission 1851 to develop Aergo from an idea to a commercially viable medical device. Sheana’s achievement with Aergo was then recognised by Innovate UK as one of the leading Women in Innovation.
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