Insider held a Northern Powerhouse Health Innovation Conference on the morning of the 25th April at Manchester’s  Conference Centre. The event was hosted and organised by Miri Thomas, the editorial director of Insider, and saw a number of panel debates and presentations as well as a key note speech from Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

The Northern Powerhouse is a proposal to boost economic growth in the North of England, particularly in the “Core Cities” of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull and Newcastle. The Health Innovation Conference explored where the region can make productivity gains by investing in prediction and prevention of ill-health and also discussed the journey from idea to invoice and if the correct infrastructure is in place to help companies access finance, skills and expertise and distribution for their innovations.

NeedleSmart’s CEO, Cliff Kirby, took to the stage for a panel debate along with Dr. Steve Powell, Chief Diagnostic Officer of Rutherford Diagnostics, and Dr John McDermott, Academic Clinical Fellow at MCGM (Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine). Their discussion was focused around diagnosis and treatment and also discussed health tech innovation with the possibility of funding from the North.

The conference, in association with the Department for International Trade, deliberated the importance of innovative preventative technology and measures for future healthcare. NeedleSmart is patented, market-leading technology which is designed to destroy needles at the point of use, therefore preventing Needle Stick Injuries (NSIs). The products heat hypodermic needles into a molten state, prior to compressing it into a ball. The process takes just a fraction of a second and creates a safe, sealed sphere of sterile metal that is no longer sharp and allows waste to be disposed as non hazardous rather than hazardous clinical waste with considerable cost savings.

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