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Translate: Me

Developing medical technology innovation skills and translational capability in the Leeds City Region

Translate: Me is an initiative to enhance and embed medical technology innovation know-how across the Leeds City Region.

We are delivering a targeted innovation development programme to enhance innovation awareness, understanding and capacity.

Our training programme, secondment and mentoring schemes are fully funded and open to PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff, and technology transfer teams within our partner universities:

  • learn innovation skills that cannot be taught in a classroom
  • progress your technology ideas
  • stand out from the crowd to potential collaborators and future employers
  • build new contacts you wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to
  • road test a new sector or environment

We are working with organisations across the medical technology sector to open opportunities for secondments and mentoring:

  • diversify your workforce from a broad talent pool
  • learn from a fresh perspective
  • gain new knowledge from the cutting edge of science and technology
  • ‘grow your own’ by securing talented, local new collaborators and employees


Our secondment scheme is open for applications from medical technology researchers in the Leeds City Region.

Secondments provide the opportunity for researchers to temporarily take up a role in a complementary organisation, with travel and accommodation funded by the Translate programme.

Host organisations can come from across the sector and include hospitals and healthcare providers, companies, innovation teams, international laboratories, and more.

We also encourage secondments-in: allowing academics and researchers to host clinicians, industrialists or innovation specialists.

For further details, eligibility criteria and deadlines, download the Translate: Me Secondment Guidelines and EOI Form (Downloads document within a new tab)

Awards of up to £2,500 are available to cover travel and subsistence costs

Phase II closing date: 30 April 2017

Phase III closing date: 30 September 2017


Our mentoring scheme is now open for expressions of interest from anyone with a professional interest in medical technologies innovation in the Leeds City Region.

Mentoring provides researchers with an informal setting for peer-to-peer learning, guidance and encouragement.

Mentoring provides professionals in a range of organisations with the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences, develop talent, and gain insights from other perspectives.

View a selection of our mentors on our ‘Meet our mentors‘ page.

For further details, eligibility criteria and deadlines, download the Translate: Me Mentoring Guidelines and Expression of Interest Form (Downloads document within a new tab)



Our training and development programme brings together the best innovation development opportunities from across the Leeds City Region partners into one accessible programme.

The Translate: Me training programme provides innovation development opportunities for postgraduates, research staff and business development managers at partner universities.

Delivered through a flexible, pick and mix programme of introductory, stand-alone workshops, designed to equip researchers and business development teams with the skills to translate research ideas into medical technology products and clinical solutions.

The Translate: Me Training Programme is open to PhD students, researchers, academics and business development staff in any one of the Translate partner universities (Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leeds Beckett, and York).

Registration is essential for all courses.

Courses are listed below.

This session is designed for research staff and students with an interest in medical technologies innovation, looking to use social media professionally as an individual.

The day will introduce participants to managing and raising their professional profile online through the use of social media, and communicating research and its significance outside academia.

In an era where we are globally connected through digital and social media, self-promotion is a skill that modern academics must develop to raise the profile of their research and gain maximum impact for their work.

The day will cover:

Writing skills for visibility and impact

Tutored by Campus PR – a specialist agency providing expert communications and public relations services to the higher education sector and research organisations:

  • How to identify the audiences for your research
  • How to translate academic findings into a story of interest to a lay audience
  • What kind of lay writing is likely to be asked of you
  • How to write a news story about your research
  • Where to start and which outlets to target
  • How to write a ‘pitch’ to get a media outlet interested in your story
  • How to write an opinion article or blogpost – and where/how to share it

Social media for visibility and impact

Tutored by Ruth Winden – Executive Career Coach and Social Media Career Strategist

  • What can be achieved when we use social and digital media
  • Who our audiences are
  • The best channels for the job

What to expect:

  • A workshop tailored to your needs and experience (short survey gathered in advance of the session)
  • Practical exercises
  • Analysis of good and bad examples
  • Group discussions and hand-outs
  • Advice and information to put the skills learned into practice

Spaces are limited and registration is essential. Exclusively open to research staff and students at Translate partner universities.

Book now to avoid disappointment.

To book please go to  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/raise-your-game-managing-your-own-visibility-and-impact-tickets-33112976805


This workshop aims to raise awareness about the benefits of involvement, help researchers think about how and when to involve public, patients and carers, and offers researchers a chance to develop a plan for involvement through activities and discussion.

This workshop will cover:

  • What is public and patient involvement in research?
  • How and when to involve people
  • Communicating well with people you involve
  • Planning involvement in your own research

What you will gain:

A greater understanding of Patient and Public Involvement in research, and how to meaningfully incorporate the insight of people with conditions into your research activities, ensuring that your research is relevant and has the greatest impact.

The workshop will be delivered by Chris Macdonald and Maureen Grossman, Arthritis Research UK.

Chris Macdonald, Research Involvement Manager, works across the research directorate at Arthritis Research UK to co-ordinate and integrate public and patient involvement at various stages of the research cycle. This includes prioritising research strategy, and the review and evaluation of research proposals that the charity receives through funding calls.

Maureen Grossman, Patient Insight Partner, joined the charity in 2009 when the first patient insight group, USER committee, was established. She was a biomedical researcher for six years investigating the movement of ions across cell membranes, completing her PhD at Imperial College London. She then moved into education and qualified specifically to teach Science in Inner London Comprehensive schools. Amongst her numerous contributions to the charity, she has helped develop, deliver and establish the training of patient and public involvement for researchers.


This one-day workshop will explore all aspects of the medical device development process:

Why good ideas fail

Budgetary issues; IP; the wrong team; commercially not viable; technology obsolescence; misleading or unachievable outcomes; not understanding the process; not being receptive to change.

Trigger points

Understanding competing products; identifying the unique selling point; assessing whether it is one product or a sequence; assessing whether is it a transferrable technology; longevity.

Fail fast, fail cheap

The need for early stage proof-of-concept; idea validation; identifying and understanding the challenges.

3D printing, proof-of-concept and early stage evaluation

Product development methodologies

An overview of the strategic process; gateways; perceived versus actual development pathways; double diamond strategy.

Design for compliance / manufacture / user / IP

Holistic design and the requirements for designing the device.


Design history files; regulatory requirements; identifying and mitigating risk.

Commercial viability and risk management

Initial costings for capital expenditure; viability; health economics analysis; skills matrix and implementing the right team.

Moving the project forward

Further engagement; clinical evaluation and advisory groups; endorsements; converting the project/product outcomes into a language which funders/investors/industry can understand.

This course will be delivered by Richard Hall, Managing Director, Pd-m International Ltd.

Richard started his career in 1986 with an engineering apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce Plc.

In 2005 Richard founded Pd-m, a product design and manufacture consultancy based in Ripon, North Yorkshire. The business comprises a multi-discipline team of designers, engineers and manufacturers. Around 70% of the work is based in the medical technologies and healthcare sector. The range of products the Pd-m team have worked with include arthroscopy, MND disease, bowel cancer diagnostics, abdominal retraction platform, shoulder surgery, catheters, obstetric forceps, dental, digital health and wearable technologies. Since being established Pd-m have won several innovation awards and been featured in the media.

In addition to running Pd-m, Richard has mentored on the Design Council Spark Innovation fund and is a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art.


Could your research help patients in the healthcare setting?  Could it lead to faster services or diagnostic tests?

Are you keen to get practical use of your research in the NHS?

This one-day workshop will look at how to start innovating in the NHS context, and will provide you with the practical tools to assess your research for potential in a healthcare setting. Using real case studies, we’ll explore how innovation works in the NHS, the opportunities and potential pitfalls to avoid when developing your research into something that can benefit patients.

  • What is innovation and what is it in the NHS?
  • The NHS Innovation landscape and barriers to innovation
  • How the development process works and the stages involved
  • Genuine unmet clinical need – what is it and how to look
  • What’s out there already? (Market Assessment)
  • Scoping solutions – the creative process
  • Taking stock – Innovation Disclosure
  • Gaining support – Understanding the help available key people to engage with

By the end of the day you will:

  • Understand the innovation landscape in which the NHS works and the key stakeholders
  • Understand the process by which new products and services are developed
  • Be able to assess clinical unmet need and research potential existing solutions
  • Efficient and appropriate use of creativity tools to scope your solution using need criteria
  • Produced an informed summary of your idea to start gathering support (within your organisation and with potential customers/consumers)

The workshop will be run by Dr Fabian Seymour of Medipex Ltd.

Medipex is the regional NHS Innovation Hub for the Yorkshire & Humber region helping NHS staff commercialise their ideas and innovations.

Fabian has over 10 years’ experience in designing and delivering commercialization and enterprise modules and courses. He combines his experience in technology transfer activities and inward investment with his passion for training, development and empowering people.


This workshop takes a fresh look at business planning, with a focus on practical techniques to help you to test out new business or enterprise ideas, or refresh and improve your current activities.

We will examine the key components of a business /project plan and provide an insight into why a business plan is essential.

Using the innovative Business Model & Value Proposition Canvas tools our practical session will help you to produce a one page map of your opportunity examining ‘Customer Segments’, ‘Key Partners’ and ‘Value Propositions’. The Business Model Canvas is hands-on tool that fosters understanding, discussion, creativity, and analysis about your future business.

This workshop will:

  • Demonstrate the Business Model Canvas – using examples of existing businesses
  • Help you to develop a one page Canvas for your own business or project
  • Provide a guide on how to pull together the key elements/content into a business plan format and discuss why this is essential

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Know your starting point and the steps involved from idea to launch
  • Be able to use the design tools & techniques to enable early stage idea creation
  • Know how to transfer your idea into a presentable/pitchable med-tech plan (/proposal)
  • Have tangible & actionable outcomes

The workshop leader is Gail Cherry; a facilitator, mentor and coach to entrepreneurs who has helped more than 500 people to make the transition for student, academic & professional life into entrepreneurship. Gail is able to take what might seem, to an entrepreneur, a dull yet essential business task and turn it into an interesting, exciting and engaging process. In short, she helps people learn new things to work through the challenges of starting and running a new business; the right things for them.

Her work focuses on start-up and established business growth, mainly around the themes of:

  • New possibilities, innovations & breakthroughs for developing the business or improving it.
  • The entrepreneurial self: building capability, competence, confidence, motivation & grit.
  • Implementing strategic plans; either alone or with superb teams


This half day workshop will provide an in depth look at intellectual property for medical technologies, its exploitation and how it can be protected.

In particular, the workshop will focus on the difficult issue of disclosure, using discussion, group work and relevant med-tech case studies to reinforce the learning from a practical point of view.

Our trainer will also provide a detailed overview of the patent process covering timescales, costs and a guide to help delegates conduct initial searches.

The workshop will be delivered by Clair Curran from Urquhart-Dykes & Lord, one of the UK’s leading firms of Chartered Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.  Clair is a European Patent Attorney who holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Sheffield, and a Masters degree in medical genetics/immunology. She began her training as a patent attorney following a period of post-doctoral research, which saw her being named as an inventor on several University patent applications.  Clair has worked both in private practice and in corporate environments, including working in an international medical device company.

Clair’s practice primarily focuses on the drafting and prosecution of patent applications relating to orthopaedic implants and related instrumentation.