Accelerate showcase hosted by Healthcare Technology Centre
On November 24, 2022, the Healthcare Technology Centre (HTC) hosted the ‘Celebrating Innovation in Health, Sport, and Life Science’ showcase event at Swansea.com Stadium.
The event reflected on the past four years of the Accelerate Wales programme and celebrated what has been achieved through collaboration with industry and NHS partners.
HTC was joined by Accelerate partners Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (University of Wales Trinity Saint David), Clinical Innovation Accelerator (Cardiff University), and Life Sciences Hub Wales. The event was also proud to welcome guest speakers from TriTech Institute (Hywel Dda University Health Board), A Regional Collaboration for Health (ARCH), Swansea University’s Agor IP, and keynote speaker Councillor Rob Stewart, leader of city and county of Swansea.
The evening was opened by Swansea University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle who was followed by each of four Accelerate speakers for an overview of their projects key achievements and case studies demonstrating true collaboration with NHS, industry and academia. Guest speakers talked about the benefits of working with Accelerate and how the partnership has supported their organisation.
Councillor Rob Stewart was joined by Professor Keith Lloyd, Executive Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Swansea University’s Faculty of Medicine, Health, and Life Science, as they introduced the £152m Swansea Bay City Deal and the university’s involvement of the CAMPUSES project, which will create a world-leading sport, health and life science hub in Swansea.
The exhibition zone showcased 10 projects from across the Accelerate Wales programme including CoronaVent mark one and mark two – a life-saving ventilator that was built in 10 days during the Covid-19 lockdown, CE certified 3D printed face visors, 3D printed cell scaffolds, an innovative heated seat cover, Zimmer and Peacock’s biosensors and Energist Medical demonstrated their NeoGen Plasma Technology which is a non-invasive treatment for chronic acne.
With a focus on sport and sport technologies, also exhibiting was Univarsity – an award-winning digital platform that is breaking down barriers in sports engagement and participation in universities, High Street Fitness who are working with Mind charity to create gyms and health and wellbeing hubs for people facing hardship and mental health and physical barriers, and Accelerate’s HTC and ATiC.
Once again, thank you to the event speakers, partners, project teams, collaborators, and guests who made for a wonderful and insightful evening.