EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: New collaboration opportunities to develop low cost diagnostic tools in asthma

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 09:30
Knowledge Transfer Network

The Knowledge Transfer Network in collaboration with Innovate UK and Asthma UK are pleased to announce an event that, for the very first time, will bring together leading academics, SMEs, pharmaceuticals and funding organisations to crack the challenge of developing accurate, low-cost asthma diagnostic tools that are fit for 21st century healthcare.

There are 5.4 million people with asthma in the UK while asthma prevalence globally is expected to rise to 400 million by 2025. Yet current diagnosis of asthma primarily relies on clinical history and a trial of treatment; neither of which can accurately distinguish between different types of asthma. This is highly inefficient given that around 40 percent of people with asthma do not respond to initial treatment.

The three-year European Asthma Research and Innovation Partnership (EARIP) ranked the need for better asthma diagnostics tools as a top priority within the asthma research roadmap. This event will start to address this urgent unmet need by bringing interested stakeholders together to define exactly what research is needed, who might develop new diagnostic tools and how we ensure such work is funded and delivered.

This day-long event will be a rare opportunity to gain insights from leaders in innovation, health and academia, including the Chief Scientist for NHS England and Prof Sven-Erik Dahlén, an internationally-renowned expert in asthma phenotypes. After hearing from a diverse range of speakers, there will be four facilitated workshops intended to build ambitious new partnerships that can deliver the promise of accurate asthma diagnostic tools.

The main aims of this event are as follows:

·       Gather insights from expert academics and industry leaders to help understand the areas of greatest promise for asthma diagnostics research in the UK

·       Discuss the challenges to developing new asthma diagnostics

·       Provide networking opportunities and facilitate new clinician-industry-academic collaborations

·       Identify barriers to innovation and commercialisation

·       Review current funding opportunities and identify funding gaps

Draft Agenda

10.10 Welcome & Introduction - Kay Boycott, Chief Executive, Asthma UK
10.10 Keynote: NHS England’s approach to personalised medicine and commissioning in respiratory disease - Prof Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England
10.30 Living without the right treatments: the impact of poor asthma diagnosis - Jo Beecroft, Asthma UK volunteer with asthma
10.40 The landscape of asthma diagnosis in primary care and the need for change- Dr Duncan Keeley, GP in Thame Oxfordshire, and executive member of Primary Care Respiratory Society UK
10.55 Redefining asthma: is it possible to identify different types of asthma? Prof Sven-Erik Dahlén, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
11.15 Coffee break
11.45 21st Century health: the strategic importance of personalised medicine - Dr Louise Wood, Director of Science, Research and Evidence, Department of Health
12.00 How accurate diagnosis can transform market growth - Dr Sheuli Porkess, Interim Head of Medical Affairs and Clinical Research, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
12.15 Demonstrating the clinical and cost-effectiveness of diagnostic devices to reduce the time from bench to bedside - Dr Melody Ni, Decision Analyst and Senior Research Fellow, NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Cooperative London
12.30 Delivering a pipeline of high quality research and ensuring the capacity to deliver these successfully in the NHS (TBC) - Speaker from the Respiratory Disorders Specialty of the NIHR Clinical Research Network
12.45 Panel Q & A – chaired by Prof Mehdi Tavakoli
13.05 Lunch and poster session
14.25 Facilitated workshops 1, 2, 3 and 4 –  Titles TBC
15.55 Feedback from workshops (presented by the facilitators)
16.25 Closing remarks Prof Mehdi Tavakoli, Knowledge Transfer Network and Dr Samantha Walker, Asthma UK
16.30 Event ends

Who should attend?

This event is open to companies, academics, clinicians, funders and policy makers and other stakeholders in the field of asthma research.


Due to anticipated popularity of this event, potential participants are required to complete an expression of interest application form on Eventbrite to register their interest. Applicants will be asked to provide a small number of details about their capabilities, relevant skills and experiences that they wish to bring to the event.











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