News By Wire

New Research Careers Initiative Launched To Support Careers In Surgical Technology

A new initiative has been launched to support academics and healthcare professionals to further develop their careers in the emerging world of surgical technology paving the way to improve patient outcomes in years to come

The SurgTech Career LaunchPad is led by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Advanced Incubator for Surgical Technologies in partnership with the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative, powered by global super connectors, Empact Ventures.

The free virtual event will take place on 8th June from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm as a bridge between the academic community and the healthcare sector to explore new collaboration opportunities to better prepare the next generation of surgical health professionals. The initiative is supported by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the MedTech Foundation and HealthTech World

It will feature 20+ speakers from organisations including University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, the Association of Perioperative Practice, the Council for Allied Health Professions in Research (CAHPR) and more.

The event will also feature MedTech startups and scaleups across the UK and Europe including Medisieve and Proximie in London, QV Bioelectronics in Manchester, CanSense in Swansea and AZmed in Paris. Each company will share their journey from their academic roots to commercialisation.

For those that are seeking to explore new collaborations, attendees can connect through the Speed Video Networking area and Digital Exhibition area or receive warm email introductions after the event to potential partners facilitated by the Empact Ventures team.

Professor David Jayne, Clinical Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical MedTech Co-operative, commented: “I am really looking forward to this exciting event. This is a rare opportunity that brings the whole community together to discuss the training needs and academic opportunities for health professionals allied to surgery. I am confident that we will produce some concrete proposals to grow research capacity and capability in advanced surgical technologies”. 

Professor Martin Birchall, Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Advanced Incubator for Surgical Technologies, commented: “The future of advanced surgical technology depends on the research contributions of those who need to be involved in its delivery. However, developing the research skills and careers of these surgeons, theatre nurses, ODPs and surgical care practitioners faces significant personal and systemic challenges. We believe that anyone interested in surgical technology research will find this meeting compelling. Come and join our online discussions so that we can progress theatre research careers together”

Press release information


Image File:

A previous Empact Ventures physical MedTech event before they went virtual

Area / Region:

Notes to editors

About the NIHR Incubator for Advanced Surgical Technology NIHR (National Institute for Health and Care Research) Advanced Surgical Technology Incubator.The Incubator has been created to develop a vibrant, multi-disciplinary, advanced surgical technologies research community to realise the rapidly increasing potential of assistive, robotic and minimally-invasive surgery for the NHS. The aim of the incubator is to: Increase research capacity and future leadership training for those who will shape and deliver research into surgical robotics and minimally invasive techniques. Enhance the opportunities for academic career development for clinical academics and allied health professionals in surgical technology research by signposting appropriate training programmes and mentorship. Build an inclusive research community by forging links between key stakeholders, including healthcare professionals, engineers, industry partners, and public and patients to develop strategies and initiatives leading to new technologies. The Incubator will work to deliver its aims by providing inter-sectorial collaborations and engagement opportunities, resources and training activities for both clinical and non-clinical researchers in surgical technology. The Incubator community welcomes all those who wish to pursue academic careers in surgical technology, as well as those who support and mentor aspirant researchers in the area. For more information, visit: About NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative The NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative supports the development of medical technologies in the fields of colorectal, vascular and hepatopancreatic biliary (liver, gall bladder and pancreas) surgery to improve healthcare and quality of life for patients. We are hosted by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals, the second biggest healthcare provider in the UK, working closely with the University of Leeds, a leading UK University with strengths in biomedical research. For more information visit: About Empact Ventures Empact Ventures are global super connectors who co-design initiatives, scout for world-class innovation for larger organisations and funders and open the right doors at the right time for tech startups and scale-ups. We bring people together based on mutual need and interest in a personalised and facilitated way to support you in creating strong relationships and partnerships. We work with both people and organisations in the private, public and third sector to understand their needs, interests and challenges. We then bring them together with those that can address these areas through our initiatives, projects and ventures. Our co-designed initiatives include the Super Connect Series, Super Connect for Good Competition, Virtual Northern MedTech Summit, Market Access for MedTech, StartUp Britain and more. For more information, visit

Media contact

Media contact name:

Jemma Cooper

Media contact business / organisation:

Empact Ventures

Media contact telephone:


Media contact email:

All done!
Thank you for subscribing.

Email Subscription