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Cambridge Network & MedImmune event: The necessity of digital health in treating respiratory diseases – 17th April

Cambridge NetworkThis event will explore the necessity of digital health for respiratory diseases. With digital technologies set to disrupt the healthcare sector in the future, Medimmune recognises this opportunity, and is looking to position itself as a leader in digital adoption in their pipeline and beyond.

The focus of the event will centre around respiratory disease area where we will explore where digital health could have an impact in generating novel endpoints that give greater insight into disease progression and management.

MedImmune is also launching a digital health challenge where starts up will apply for the chance to pitch their technology as a capability that could be integrated into the Medimmune digital ecosystem.


  • 1.45pm: Registration
  • 2pm: Welcome and introduction – Jane Osbourn, Vice President, R&D, MedImmune
  • 2.20pm: Keynote talk: Enabling Digital HealthARM
    Whilst mobile technology is now fully integrated into our daily lives this presentation will challenge and discuss the barriers that exist to realising the full benefits of  patient connectivity at scale in the healthcare and Pharmaceutical industry?
    Speaker: Peter Ferguson, Director of Healthcare Technologies
  • 2.50pm: Breath Biopsy – VOCs biomarkers in early detection and precision medicine
    Every time you breathe out there are thousand of chemicals on your breath called volatile organic compounds or VOCs. Some of these VOCs are biomarkers of disease in everything ranging from cancer to inflammatory and infectious disease. We’ll discuss how Breath Biopsy technology can be used in early detection and precision medicine applications.
    Speaker: Billy Boyle, Owlstone
  • 3.10pm: The message in the bottle…….of urine!
    Most of the biomarkers we find in urine originate in the lungs and are processed through the kidneys. Consequently, we can learn much about what’s going in the lungs and how the kidneys are responding to the presence of high levels of inflammatory mediators (including proteases) escaping from the lung into the blood.  Mologic is busy developing ways to accurately determine the biomarker profiles by simple, patient-friendly technology, and to translate the resultant digital health data into simple diagnostic conclusions and triggering of interventions.
    Speaker: Prof Paul Davis, Chief Scientific Officer
  • 3.30pm: Pneumacare
    PneumaCare’s mission is to provide revolutionary imaging technologies that increase efficient and effective patient care with a vision of becoming the market leader in non-contact, non-invasive imaging technology.
    PneumaCare is a Cambridgeshire (UK)-based company providing clinicians with unique non-invasive ways of observing active, real-time regional respiratory function via chest wall movement. It provides the capability for clinicians to assess respiratory function in all patients including previous inaccessible groups, whether young or old, conscious or unconscious, sitting or lying down; and its use does not require any contact or direct interaction with the patient.
    Speaker: Paul Reynard, COO
  • 3.50pm: Break
  • 4.10pm: The Digital Health Technology Challenge for Entrepreneurs
    These entrepreneurs have a passion for creating novel digital solutions to solve drug development’s most difficult problems. Five finalists will have a chance to win the grand prize by presenting to a panel of prominent industry funding experts and executives:

    • Jane Osbourn, Vice President, R&D, MedImmune
    • Rene van der Merwe, Vice President, Clinical Development, MedImmune
    • Andy Williams, Vice President, Strategy and Operations, AstraZeneca
    • Debu Purkayastha, Managing Partner, 3rd Eye Capital
    • Andrew Chapman, Digital Health Sector Lead, Digicatapult
  • 5.10pm: Q&A for the speakers
  • 5.25pm: Closing remarks and the results of the Tech Challenge announced
  • 5.30pm: Networking over light refreshments
  • 6.30pm: End

Event details

Location: Hauser Forum, The Entrepreneurship Centre, 3 Charles Babbage Road, CB3 0GT
Times & Dates: 1.45pm – 6.30pm, Tuesday 17th April
Admission: Please register online here.