National Meeting 2019

Our National Meeting is an opportunity for delegates to network and create new multidisciplinary collaborations and secondly to stimulate development of innovative ideas to address challenges in surgery.

This year’s theme is “Surgery 2030:  Transformative Technologies” and we would like delegates to:

– Understand the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to technology development for surgery
– Understand the key success factors for clinical adoption of surgical innovation
– Gain an overview of potential surgical applications of existing and/or new technology and how research collaborations accelerate the journey to patient access



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Programme & Speakers

Confirmed Speakers.

Professor Gareth Loudon, Professor of Creativity at the Cardiff School of Art and Design and co-founder and Director of the Centre for Creativity Ltd

Talk title: Creating, developing and testing new surgical innovations: people, processes and prototyping

Gareth Loudon is Professor of Creativity at Cardiff Metropolitan University and one of the co-founders of the User Centred Design (UCD) research group at the university. He is also co-founder and Director of the Centre for Creativity Ltd that undertakes research, training and consultancy in key areas of creativity.

His research interests focus on creativity and innovation combining ideas from anthropology and psychology, engineering and design. He has 30 years of experience in academic and industrial research and has helped take several research ideas all the way through to commercial products for large companies such as Apple and Ericsson as well as many smaller companies.

His current research work in the UCD research group focuses on the design of simulated environments for the user testing of new product prototypes and on the design of medical solutions for the developing world. His research work into creativity looks at the factors and processes affecting creativity including our ‘state of being’, and the role of play and purpose.

Gareth has six patents to his name and over 80 publications in total. Gareth is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Mr Luigi Pugliese, Department of Surgery, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico SanMatteo, Pavia, Italy

Talk Title: New frontiers of 3D printing for surgery biocompatibility

Mr Pugliese started his surgical activity in the field of liver transplantation by joining the team of liver transplant surgeons at the designated Unit of Liver Transplant in the Hospital of Cisanello, Pisa (Italy)

In 2004 he joined the Unit of General and Transplant Surgery, gaining further experience not only in transplant surgery of different organs, namely kidney and pancreas, but also in the much wider field of general surgery. Pancreatic surgery, particularly for oncologic indications was one of the major topics he was dealing with at that time.  He also gained experience in minimally invasive surgery.

He became one of Prof Pietrabissa’s more proficient assistants working in the field of laparoscopic, thoracoscopic and robotic surgery and in 2011 he joined Prof Pietrabissa when he moved to Pavia as Head of the General Surgery Unit 2 at Policlinico San Matteo.

He has performed over 1000 minimally invasive operations as first operator, of which about 60% were major procedures.  During his early career whilst in Pisa he became a proficient operator in abdominal ultrasound obtaining at that time the official certification from the national society of ultrasonography in Medicine (SIUMB); such activity has been implemented over the last seven years in Pavia with the ability of performing interventional ultrasound-guided procedures including placement of drainages and biopsy sampling which he routinely performs at Policlinico San Matteo.

In 2013 he was visiting surgeon at Mayo Clinic, Rochester (USA) to learn the specific technique which consisted of left thoracoscopic cardiac sympathetic denervation that he could see on real cases. He then performed his first pediatric cases in Pavia in 2014 with the assistance of part of the Mayo Clinic team of surgeons and anesthesiologists.

He extended the indications from arrhythmias of genetic origin such as Long-QT Syndrome, CPVT and so on to severe structural heart disease in patients with medical history of previous malignant arrhythmias and multiple ICD shocks for which bilateral cardiac sympathetic denervations were performed. Given the inherent limitations of conventional thoracoscopy he tested the usefulness of robotic assistance in this field, as he had previously done in others, with encouraging results.

Dr Andrew Sims, Head of the Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Department (NMPCE), Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trus

Talk Title: Developing a peripheral vascular assessment device through the NIHR i4i programme

Andrew is Head of the Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Department (NMPCE), Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Director of the Newcastle External Assessment Centre for the NICE Medical Technology Evaluation Programme and Deputy Director of the NIHR MedTech and In-vitro Diagnostics Cooperative Newcastle. He has a BSc and PhD in Physics and an MSc in Statistics. His research interests are in the fields of medical technology and clinical informatics.

Sirko Pelzl CEO & CTO ApaQlar GMBH

Talk Title: VSI – Virtual Surgery Intelligence

Sirko Pelzl studied Business Administration across Europe in Hamburg, Leipzig, London and Prague. From 2002 to 2017 he was IT Senior Developer and SAP Software Architect and worked for companies such as Philips, Sony, Audi, EON, Telekom and Bosch. In 2007, he founded the Apollogic Group and was its CTO until 2017, where he was responsible for the technological direction of the company. Since 2017, he has been CEO and CTO of apoQlar GmbH, a global pioneer in medical imaging. The company deals with mixed and augmented reality, as well as data evaluation through artificial intelligence and continuous machine learning.

Sponsorship and Exhibitions

Platinum Sponsor

Other Sponsors









Why Should You Sponsor?

  • Show case your organisation to the current key players and collaborators in the national network advancing surgical care and technology dissemination in the NHS.
  • Interact with key opinion leaders from academia, the NHS and industry on key research issues.
  • Network with other sponsors and develop relationships beneficial to your company.
  • Sponsorship money is used to support our early career innovators programme, the MedTech Foundation, and you could support students and trainees to attend innovation workshops, research internships, education and engagement activities hosted by the MIC. Finally, you could support MedTech Foundation Scholars to undertake research internships, gaining recognition in reports and outputs.

Thank you for considering sponsoring our National Meeting. We are happy to discuss any sponsorship offer with you but please see some packages that are available and cater for a range of needs and budgets.

Sponsorship Packages Available

Platinum Sponsor – £5,000 

  • Opportunity to host 45-minute lunchtime innovation showcase
  • 4 delegate invitations to pre-event dinner
  • Acknowledgement and priority logo display in digital communications i.e. Twitter, Website
  • Company logo featured prominently (largest company logo) on all event promotional material including event programme, badges and merchandise
  • Priority company logo to appear on interval slides between presentations in plenary sessions
  • Priority acknowledgment on conference printings, announcements, digital signage during the conference, electronic program and website
  • Banners at the welcome, coffee and lunch stands

Gold Sponsor – £3,000 

  • 2 delegate invitations to pre-event dinner on 18th November
  • Acknowledgement in digital communications i.e. Twitter, Website, etc
  • Company logo featured prominently on all event promotional material including event programme, badges and merchandise
  • Company logo to appear on interval slides between presentations in plenary sessions
  • A table stand in a prominent place at the National Meeting
  • Banners at the welcome coffee and lunch stands

Silver Sponsor – £2,000 

  • Company logo featured on event programme
  • Company logo to appear on interval slides between presentations in plenary sessions
  • A table stand in networking area
  • Banners at the registration desk, coffee and lunch stands

Hosted Product Demonstrations/Skills Sessions/Training Village/Educational Lounge – £1,500

We welcome proposals for companies for the provision of product demonstrations and other educational sessions.  This can range from scientific papers to product placement through to non-clinical courses, hands-on sessions and simulator sessions.

Companies will be allocated time within the lounge.  We ask that each company submits their proposal to the Surgical MIC with a brief description on how this time will be utilised.  The only caveat is that the sessions do not coincide with key note speakers/sessions within the main programme.  A timetable of available slots will be issued and an allocation of times will be given.  Examples of how this time can be utilised:

  • A key opinion leader presentation on a new product
  • A key opinion leader presentation on new data
  • A new product demonstration
  • A new service presentation
  • A meet-the-expert session (a session in which several users of your products discuss how and why they use a certain product/solution)

This package includes:

  • Room with power, furniture
  • Booking facility provided to register delegates
  • Company name and logo on website
  • Position for roll up banner

MedTech Foundation Educational Grant Fund – £1,000 

We welcome contributions to this fund for our MedTech Foundation students to support the costs of attending this meeting across the national network.  We fully understand that the release of these funds cannot be guaranteed by our sponsors, however this fund will ultimately generate and increase the value of the educational content provided during and after the National Meeting. Contributors will have the opportunity to sponsor the MedTech Foundation National Conference attracting over 100 early career professionals and clinical trainees and recognised across the MedTech Foundation National Network.

Any surplus funds will be used to help support internships for our MedTech Foundation students.

Exhibition Stand is £500 

The stands are 2x4ft tables with space for roller banners and will be situated around the perimeter of the networking area.

If you would like to discuss sponsoring specific items (e.g. registration, lunch, pre-dinner drinks, dinner, student/researcher poster prize, conference packs) then please contact us.

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