Medical technology experts will next week tell an audience at the Royal Academy of Engineering how their industry has grown in recent years to become a key contributor to the UK economy.

Innovation in medical technologies, a conference to be held on 19 June, as part of the Academy’s Innovation in… series, will showcase the latest developments in the medical technology sector as well as what consumers can expect from the industry in the near future.

Keynote speaker Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Oxford, will highlight how the design and development of medical technologies benefits from a multidisciplinary approach involving engineers, clinicians, healthcare professionals and patients. He will be joined by experts who will talk about innovation including biological scaffolds for tissue repair and regeneration, work on medical robots and modern prosthetics.

Speakers will also predict which medical technologies patients should expect to see in the next five to 10 years in NHS hospitals, which technologies surgeons most want to see in the same timeframe and the patient perspective on issues raised at the event.

Technologies such as medical robotics, along with regenerative medicine, bionic prosthetics and imaging technologies are ensuring that the UK is seen as a leader in this field which has the potential to bring major benefits to society. However, the sector, largely made up of SMEs, faces considerable challenges in bringing products to market. The current investment climate throws up barriers to companies that want to grow to the next level.

A leading investment expert will speak on the experience of managing investments with smaller companies and entrepreneurs in the medical technology sector and will provide advice on how SMEs can secure investment. Other speakers will talk about providing healthcare in lower income countries and how the internet and technology could change the medical community.

This event is part of the Engineering for Growth,a partner campaign, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, to demonstrate and celebrate the contribution of engineering to the UK economy and society.

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  1. For a full list of speakers, event details and RSVP link please visit:
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  2. More information about how engineering contributes to the UK economy can be found at:
  3. Founded in 1976, the Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Sarah Griffiths at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0655