Lessons Learnt from Rapid Innovations During COVID-19

Discover how rapid innovations during COVID have unlocked new ways to leverage our resources for post-pandemic healthcare innovation.




As part of the aims of the Materials and Manufacturing Healthcare Innovation Network (MMHN) to accelerate innovation, we are hosting a webinar on the lessons learnt from rapid innovations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this event, we will highlight the rapid development of the UCL-Ventura CPAP machine, 3D Life Prints’ “the Distancer” and Revolution Zero PPE face masks, amongst other healthcare innovations. We will explore how expertise is leveraged to turn around the development of new materials and devices so quickly; and how pre-existing technology, particularly 3D printing, became invaluable to meeting supply demands. We will discuss the necessary resource support for these projects and explore how innovation could be accelerated outside of a public health crisis.


Prof. Rebecca Shipley and Prof Tim Baker (UCL)

  • The development of the UCL-Ventura CPAP device – the role of academics in rapid development. How does this translate to future healthcare innovation?

Tom Dawson (Revolution-ZERO)

  • Issues around plastic waste relating to PPE and medical textiles and the Circular Economy approaches that can solve these issues. Why it is important to focus solutions for the NHS in the first instance as an anchor institution?

Keith Clarke (3D Lifeprints)

  • 3D Solutions at the Point of Care and how they can pivot and adapt quickly in a crisis (COVID-19)

PA Consulting – speaker TBC

  • How MedTech leaders can drive post-pandemic innovations through (1) identifying a common purpose, (2) enabling organisational agility, (3) creating a clear product roadmap and (4) building effective knowledge partnerships.

The event is finished.


Dec 15 2021


7:00 am - 8:00 am

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