Annual Healthcare Technologies Awards and Lecture
The 2013 IET Healthcare Technologies Lecture is proud to host the technology engineer and entrepreneur Douglas Anderson and the winners of the Healthcare Technologies Awards.
Date and Time
21 November 2013 - 18:00-21:00
Organised by the Healthcare Technologies TPN.
About this event
The IET Healthcare Technologies Network is proud to announce this years' keynote speaker Mr Douglas Anderson OBE FRSE FRSA, Founder and VP of Global Advocacy, Optos Plc.
An Inspiring story of the creation of a new medical area from the key player. A unique insight in to successful medical technology start up’s fundraising, development and marketing to the US. An insight into the process of developing a new technology to commercial success with unique business model.
Networking with Medical technology professionals and entrepreneurs in the field.
Opportunity to hear the story of the creation of a new medical technology that saves patients sight and produced a successful public floated company, directly from the European Inventor of Year who persevered for years to achieve it
Founders’ story about medical technology company, Optos whose ultra-widefield retinal imaging system products are the world’s first capable of detecting a large range of sight and life threatening diseases. The talk also discusses wider issues of technology development and the need to keep focused on inherent value proposition. Medical technology entrepreneurship is examined from zero to full commercialisation including the trials of fundraising for paradigm shifting device and the special inertias of medical marketing. It is based not just upon the Optos story, but all Anderson’s 40yrs of business including 4 other start ups. The entertaining talk also uses a parallel example to describe the project planning mechanism he developed over the years to ensure the best chance of straight line execution.
About the keynote speaker
Douglas Crombie Anderson founded Optos in 1992 and has been its vice president of global advocacy since 2009. He served as CEO of Optos until 2002.
He holds a Higher National diploma in Industrial Design from Napier University in Edinburgh (Scotland) and an honorary doctorate of Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
The European Commission and European Patent Office named him the 2008 European Inventor of the Year in the SME and research category to recognize his scanning laser technology.
A self-described obsessive winter mountaineer, he and his family have made Arctic expeditions every year for some 30 years.
Douglas has a 35 year business career in healthcare technology product design and production commercialisation processes. He is the founder of four high-tech start-up companies and has been involved in raising over £40 million in private and institutional funding for a number of different ventures.
He founded Optos after his son suffered a retinal detachment which was not detected early enough to treat. Over a period of 15yrs Optos developed and commercialised the world’s first ultra-widefield retinal imaging system an advanced, patient-friendly diagnostic device capable of detecting a wide range of sight and life threatening diseases. At Optos he pioneered a unique business model that permits the practitioner access to the technology at no capital cost, on a per exam fee basis. Over 27 million patients have now benefited from this high quality of care. Optos plc is now quoted on the London Stock Exchange.
Douglas was awarded the OBE in the 2006 New Year’s Honours list. Elected Fellow of the Royal Society Edinburgh 2009, Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by Heriot-Watt University 2008. Winner of the Scottish Enterprise Prize for the leading contribution to Life Sciences in Scotland. In 2007 he was awarded Inventor of the year by the European patent office. His work also led to the award of the prestigious MacRobert Medal for Engineering from the Royal Academy of Engineering and Optos being named Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Optos was also awarded the Queen’s Award for the Enterprise (International Trade) in 2007.
The IET Healthcare Awards call for papers has now closed. The winners of the awards will be announced at the IET Achievement Awards ceremony on 20 November and they will be invited to present at the Annual Healthcare lecture on 21 November 2013. Information about each award can be found on the Healthcare Technologies resource website:
|18:00 - 18:30||Registration|
|18:30 - 18:35||Introduction|
|18:35 - 19:00||Award of the IET Healthcare Technology Network prizes and brief acceptance presentations|
|19:00 - 19:50||Keynote presentation Mr Douglas Anderson|
|19:50||Refreshments and Networking|
Reasons to attend
The Lecture is open to anyone with an interest in Healthcare Technologies, but particularly:
- Practicing Engineers, especially with a special interest in medical imaging
- Prospective Technology Entrepreneurs
- Research Fellows/Associates and Research Students working in the area of medical imaging, or ophthalmology
- NHS Ophthalmologists, optometrists
- Medical Physicists.
An Inspiring story of the creation of a new medical area from the key player. A unique insight in to successful medical technology start up’s fundraising, development and marketing to the US. An insight into the process of developing a new technology to commercial success with unique business model. A networking opportunity with Medical technology professionals and entrepreneurs in the field.
This is a unique opportunity to hear the story of the creation of a new medical technology that saves patients sight and produced a successful public floated company, directly from the European Inventor of Year who persevered for years to achieve it.
Please register online for this free event.
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