Latest IfM Review out now


Issue 13 of the IfM Review is now available.


You can access the online version here or pick up a hard copy from the IfM. 


This issue focuses on healthcare, which Tim Minshall, Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation and Head of the Institute for Manufacturing, explains in his welcome is a manufacturing sector. It is a sector that the IfM has been working with for many years in many different areas, from medical device design and pharmaceutical supply chains to hospital logistics and management.


The review's lead article explains more about the IfM approach to healthcare. Rob Glew explains how we are taking the lessons in logistics that we learned while running the University of Cambridge’s student COVID-19 testing programme and applying them to other contexts. Carl-Magnus von Behr discusses our recent work in facilitating better information sharing among NHS trusts. We explore Veronica Martinez's work which looks at how the right business model is essential to the effectiveness of a new medical device. And the team in our Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing group gives us an update on their work on affordable and accessible ways to manufacture important health tests.


Beyond healthcare, the latest issue is filled with more of the latest exciting work from across the institute, spanning our technology, management and policy activities.

Among our articles, Lili Jia analyses how food manufacturing can improve to reduce food allergy incidents. Frank Tietze examines how SMEs can use their intellectual property more strategically. And Veronica Martinez examines the value of digital twins to the aerospace sector.


Elsewhere, Duncan McFarlane contributes an intriguing account of the origins of the Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring project which is helping smaller manufacturers digitalise by using low-cost, simple digital solutions.


There is an update on the IfM-led Cambridge hub of the EIT Food Accelerator Network, which offers expert mentoring and helping agritech and foodtech start-ups across Europe. 


And there are new stories from the IfM knowledge transfer company, IfM Engage. We introduce the new Sustainability Association and Dr Imoh Ilevbare explains why he loves helping organisations to create their own roadmaps. The policy team is featured with Jennifer Castañeda-Navarrete’s analysis of the impact of Industry 4.0 on developing countries and Liz Killen’s report on STEM skills in the UK civil service.


There is much to celebrate as well. The IfM's Alan Thorne was named a deserving winner of the University’s Pilkington Prize for excellence in teaching. Jag Srai and Duncan McFarlane were recognised the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Impact and Engagement Awards. And the IfM Postdoctoral Awards have allowed us to recognise the excellent contributions to research, teaching and academic citizenship.


You can also download a pdf of the IfM review here. 



Date published

9 June 2022

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