Innovation and Ideas at the BRC’s first Digital Dragons’ Den

14 May 2019
SME Dragons' Den

The NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at The Royal Marsden and The Institute of Cancer Research, London (ICR) held its first Digital Dragons’ Den on Thursday 2nd May, in partnership with DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator, which aims to speed up the adoption of technology in London’s NHS.

We were pleased to be joined by nine small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from the health technology industry, who pitched their ideas to our expert panel and a diverse audience of healthcare professionals and researchers from across The Royal Marsden and the ICR.

The event provided a unique opportunity to find out more about the latest health technologies, ranging from AI-based medical imaging software to wearable devices designed to support and monitor patients remotely. Those in attendence were encouraged to establish collaborations with SMEs, develop partnerships for grant applications and explore exisiting solutions to support research within the BRC.

The Dragons’ Den was driven by Consultant Radiologist Dr Christina Messiou, who leads the BRC’s Digital Research Theme.

‘We hope that this will be the first of many events held to foster strong relationships between research at The Royal Marsden and the ICR, and the digital technology industry, as we strive to develop innovative methods to improve patient outcomes.’ Dr Christina Messiou 

The BRC’s Digital Theme was established to help achieve the vision of providing smarter, kinder treatments, tailored to individual patients by ensuring that all relevant patient data is rapidly accessible and through the use of smart analysis tools to support clinical decision-making.

Researchers within the Theme aim to evaluate and guide the development of novel diagnostic procedures and treatments, and to support patients in daily life through joined-up data and the establishment of a digital research community.