Bioengineering conference: Innovation through convergence

15th March 2018

Cambridge University Engineering Department

Institution of Mechanical Engineers Biomedical Engineering Division





This one-day conference will showcase current collaborations between engineers, scientists and the wider biological and biomedical community, and aims to build bridges between researchers and practitioners in these areas. Talks will cover the broad range of research underway in the Cambridge area, with a particular focus on West Cambridge.

The conference is organised by Cambridge University Engineering Department, in conjunction with the IMechE Biomedical Engineering Division. Speakers are expected from all West Cambridge University departments, as well as local industry.

The organisers are very grateful to Helen Morton for the generous donation that supported this event and to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for supporting the poster prizes.


This event is free to attend. To register, please email the IfM Events Team with your name, position and company name



8:45 Registration and coffee


David Cardwell, Head of Department of Engineeering
Chris Abell, PVC for Research, University of Cambridge



Session 1: Current Research I

Speakers from the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Engineering, and Physics.

Clemens Kaminski - Optical microscopy of molecular mechanisms of disease.
Joan Lasenby - Analysis of Gait for Rehabilitation: vision and learning techniques.
Lisa Hall - Bio-inspired materials engineered for sensors.
Jag Srai - Reconfiguring medicines' end-to-end supply.
Sarah Bohndiek - Translating optical imaging biomarkers for early cancer diagnosis.






Session 2: Innovation and collaboration in bioengineering


Tim Minshall, Institute for Manufacturing, Overcoming the challenges of innovation

Mark Tooley, University of Bath, President of the Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine. Bridging the gap.
John Pritchard, Entrepeneur-in-Residence, Cambridge University, CATS EiR scheme; how we can help?
Nuno Faria, Veterinary Medicine, Understanding unmet need: lessons from the world of biomineral development
Graeham Douglas, Arete Medical Technologies, Medtech Entrepreneurship and Micro-Collaborations
Panel discussion: Tim Minshall, Mark Tooley, John Pritchard, Nuno Faria, Graeham Douglas



Lunch & Posters



Session 3: The industry perspectives

Speakers from Cambridge Consultants, Cambridge Medical Robotics and Base 4.


Mark Slack. The challenges of developing a clinical device 

Richard Hammond, Engineering biology: a systems approach to innovation"
Barnaby Balmforth, An introduction to microdroplet-based single molecule DNA sequencing



Session 4: Current Research II

Speakers from the Departments of Engineering, and Materials Science and Metallurgy

Christopher Proctor - Advanced neural interfaces.
Ruth Cameron - Ice templated structures for regenerative medicine.
Shery Huang - Multi-process biofabrication for bioinspired tissue models.







Session 4: Early Career Researcher presentations

Best Poster Prize sponsored by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering


Session 5: Current Research III

Speakers from the Departments of Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.

Róisín Owens - The world is not flat: 3D cell models and devices.
Alexandre Kabla - Rheology of simple tissues.


Final remarks. Poster prize giving.

Networking reception and posters

17:30 Close


Early career researchers

A poster and short talk session for PhD students and postdocs to present their research and find opportunities for collaboration. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Anna Walczyk for more details.


This event is free to attend. To register, please email the IfM Events Team with your name, position and company name

For further information please contact:

Events Team

T: +44 (0)1223 748267


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