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The Role of Technology Consultancies in R&D Ecosystems: Case Studies from Medical Devices

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The technology consultancies are a significant part of the UK technology community and indeed can be considered to have played a key part of the creation of the Cambridge Phenomenon. They seem to be less common in other innovation ecosystems (e.g. Boston and the Bay Area). Why is this?

More recently there has been a rapid growth in the work they do in the area of medical devices, including drug delivery technology. What is driving this trend?

In this talk, Dr Iain Simpson will provide an overview of the technology consultancy sector and some of its successes and weaknesses. He will then focus on the medical sector and particularly on his own area of experience in drug delivery, to provide some examples that explain why this is such a growing area for organisations like Cambridge Consultants, and how it fits with their technical capabilities.

Iain Simpson is an Associate Director, Drug Delivery, Global Medical Technology Division at Cambridge Consultants.

Iain currently works on drug delivery in the Global Medical Technology Division at Cambridge Consultants, a leading technology and product development organisation based in the UK and USA . He has a 30-year track record of multi-disciplinary technology and product development including business development, project management and technology assessment in US and European markets, the last 14 years of which has been gained in the life sciences sector in a consultancy environment, with a strong emphasis on drug delivery devices and bio-instrumentation. His experience includes parenteral, pulmonary, nasal drug delivery as well as more invasive device technology in disease areas covering respiratory, allergy, diabetes, autoimmune and oncology.

Iain has written and presented papers on a range of drug delivery topics including developing inhalers for children, technology licensing, improving device compliance and usability. He has also chaired sessions on drug delivery at several international conferences. Iain lectures on Drug Delivery to the Cambridge University Masters in Bioscience Course.

Iain also has a wider interest in the role of science and technology in the economy and in society. He is currently Chairman of the London-based R&D Society, an organisation focussed on making the UK a better environment for R&D.

Iain graduated from University College London with a First Class Honours Degree in Physics and a PhD in Experimental Solid State Physics. He also has an MBA in Technology Management from the Open University.

Date: Tuesday 16th June 2015

Time: Refreshments served from 18.30. Talk starts at 19.00. Ends by 21:00 following questions and discussion.

Venue: Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University, Alan Reece Building, 17 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge CB3 0FS (directions). There is ample free parking in the IfM’s carpark beside the building; the carpark entrance is just past the IfM’s service road.

Free to attend. Booking not required. All welcome.

This talk is open to the public and is suitable for young people, students and engineers. You are encouraged to pass on this invitation and bring with you colleagues, friends and family who are interested in engineering, science, technology and the ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’.

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This event is organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Beds and Cambs area.

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