BIVDA had a fantastic evening at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2022 in Newcastle as both our COO, Helen Dent and Head of Regulatory Affairs, Ashleigh Batchen, witnessed BIVDA member Pockit Diagnostics take home the award for “Development of an Innovative Device or Technology” for their LVOne blood test. The award was sponsored by fellow BIVDA member, CPI.
This innovative blood test, “LVOne”, identifies LVO strokes within minutes, facilitating rapid treatment. Current LVO stroke identification involves a brain scan which can only be done in hospital and requires a radiologist, whereas this innovation uses a finger prick of blood. Within minutes, this test is able to identify an LVO with 95% accuracy saving 97 minutes on average resulting in better patient outcomes as well as cost and efficiency savings.
Gonzalo Ladreda, CEO of Pocket Diagnostics, said of his company’s win, “”Collaboration of public and private institutions is paramount for the success of IVD products. This is a recognition of that collaboration that has been happening for years.”
We are absolutely delighted by Pockit’s win and are very excited to see how this test will transform stroke diagnoses, as well as what other innovations the company may pioneer in future.
The awards ceremony and dinner were attended by many leading industry figures, including Samantha Allen, Chief Executive of the North East & North Cumbria ICS and Dr Nicola Hutchinson, CEO of the North East & North Cumbria AHSN. Jacqui Rock, Chief Commercial Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement, spoke at the event, fresh from her appearance as keynote speaker at BIVDA’s AGM last Tuesday.
It was also great to see some friendly BIVDA faces at the awards too, as Dr John Tyson of the North East Innovation Lab and Alex Cole of CPI both made appearances.
After a delicious meal, guests were treated to an after-dinner speech from Nicolas Hamilton, the British Touring Car Championship Racing Driver and brother of seven-time F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton. Nicolas spoke movingly about how cerebral palsy has affected, but not defined, him. Despite being told he would not be able to achieve various goals, Nicolas defied expectations to forge a successful racing career himself – showing just what can be achieved through determination, motivation and having the right attitude.
The event was a huge success once again and enormous credit must be apportioned to the organisers, particularly as this is the first time since 2019 that the awards have been held in person. It was great to see so many ambitious innovators and people passionate about improving healthcare together in the same room and proved a timely reminder of the UK’s great scientific strength. We look forward to continue supporting the work of the AHSNs and we are already looking forward to next year’s awards!