Meet the team
Dr Richard Deed, Innovation Unit Manager
Richard is responsible for the overall management of TRUSTECH, the North West NHS Innovation Service, in it’s offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Daresbury and Preston.
Richard has many years experience in the identification, evaluation and commercialisation of a number of healthcare innovations, which combined the skills of technology evaluation and intellectual property management to his sound scientific knowledge.
Richard held senior postdoctoral research positions at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research attached to the Christie Hospital in Manchester, where he worked on characterising novel transcription factors involved in the development of cancer in order to develop novel therapeutic strategies. Prior to this he carried out research at the Cancer Research UK laboratories in London, studying retroviral mechanisms of gene activation in breast cancer.
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Ruth manages innovations from the following areas: Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.
Before joining the TRUSTECH team, Ruth was Senior Scientist at a Cambridge biotechnology company. Her research was based on ribozyme technology, developing chemically modified oligonucleotides for use as novel pharmaceuticals and target validation agents. Ruth has a broad background in the biosciences, which she developed working in both academic and commercial environments.
Her PhD research was carried out at the University of Liverpool, investigating protein biochemistry in trypanosomes. Following this, Ruth held a postdoctoral position of the
University of Cambridge researching protein-DNA interactions in filamentous bacteriophage.
Ruth developed her interest in intellectual property and technology transfer while working as a research scientist in the commercial sector.
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Joanne joined TRUSTECH in 2002 and has worked on a number of NHS innovations including: GraftBolt, SAGE & THYME, RehabAngel and Proximat. She works with NHS organisations and staff in Manchester and beyond and is involved in every stage of spreading an innovative product or service into other organisations, from the inital assessment of the market need and commercial viability, through to protecting the intellectual property, writing a business plan, negotiating and drafting a licence for a company to make and sell a product, and handling post-licence issues.
Joanne has been involved in providing a consultancy service to a variety of organisations including universities, companies, an ambulance trust and a strategic health authority. This work has included: assessing the market for a new diagnostic medical device, conducting market research for a personal hygiene product; advising on the development of a business plan for a number of services; gaining in depth customer feedback and writing a business plan for commercialising a software package.
Before joining TRUSTECH, Joanne worked alongside the TRUSTECH team for a year whilst acting as a Technology Co-ordinator for the ‘Manchester Intellectual Property Biotechnology Exploitation Platform (manIP BEP)’. In this post she was involved in the identification, protection and exploitation for two of the teaching hospitals in Manchester and the four Greater Manchester Universities. Joanne has also gained some experience in intellectual property management from her role as a Research and Development (R&D) Co-ordinator for Stockport NHS Trust, where she was involved in managing and reporting on R&D within the organisation, and the licencing and commercialisation of the narrative skills development pack.
Joanne has a background in medical research. She gained her first degree in Physiology from Sheffield University and has also worked as a Research Assistant for the University of Manchester, based in a hospital gastroenterology laboratory. Whilst there, she was awarded a PhD investigating the effects of the drug, sumatriptan, on the function of the oesophagus (gullet). In addition, she was responsible for carrying out clinical diagnostic tests on patients with oesophageal motility and reflux problems and acted as the study co-ordinator for numerous commercial clinical trials investigating new treatments for people with irritable bowel syndrome.
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James manages innovations originating from Trusts within Greater Manchester and Cheshire and has an expanded role focussing on project management of cases requiring development work and appraisal and development of business cases/plans involving NHS based technologies and spin out opportunities.
James is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with experience in technical consulting, project management and engineering design. During PhD research at Leeds University, James was involved in the design and development of a polyurethane artificial heart valve intended for human implantation and for incorporation within a left ventricular assist device.
This was followed by three years as a Design Engineer at a Salford-based company involved in the design and manufacture of automotive test equipment and four years as a Senior Mechanical Engineer at a large engineering consultancy providing engineering analysis, technical consultancy and project management services to clients within the
nuclear, defence and power generation industries.
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Adrian is a Business Development Manager for TRUSTECH with responsibility for the ACTNoW database of NHS Clinical Research Expertise and activities include facilitating and managing projects with industry where NHS engagement is required. This includes signposting and working with the regional NIHR Clinical Research Networks.
Adrian started his career with UKAEA (subsequently AEA Technology) in biomedical research including: radiation detection and metabolism studies; bone metabolism; bone density research in osteoperosis and orthopaedic implants.
This biomedical research led to 12 years in the pharmaceutical industry before joining the National Health Service in 2007 to work on: clinical project managment; feasibility of clinical research projects; and improving access to NHS clinical research sources.
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Emma is a Business Development Manager in the Commercial Service Team at TRUSTECH. This role involves identifying and engaging with healthcare companies with novel technologies, services and products that may be of benefit to patients and healthcare organisations, delivering market research and managing evaluation projects. Emma is also a Programme Manager for the Smart Solutions for Healthcare programme, a regional initiative to identify and evaluate novel technologies, services and products in the fields of cardiovascular disease and long term conditions.
Previously Emma was the Service Innovation Manager at TRUSTECH, this was the first role of its kind within the Innovation Hubs focussing on identifying, assessing and assisting NHS Trusts with the implementation of service innovations across the North West and also a Programme Manager for the Smart Solutions for Hospital Associated Infection national programme.
Prior to joining TRUSTECH, Emma qualified as a Nurse from John Moore’s University in Liverpool in 1995 (she has a background in nursing within both primary and secondary care). Emma also worked as a Senior Nurse Manager for NHS Professionals Nursing.
Emma successfully completed a post graduate diploma in Management Studies in 2004 and a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership for Quality Improvement through the Improvement Foundation and Teeside University in 2007.
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Paul has over fourteen years experience of design, development and manufacturing of medical devices in the NHS and commercial sector after completing his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Kent in collaboration with the Royal Institute and Courtaulds Research.
Paul’s commercial experience included involvement in the development of a number of advanced wound care and ostomy products, including multi million dollar brands such as Aqualgel (TM) Ag, he is also a named inventor on a number of patents. He has worked in a variety of roles at all stages of the product development process from early stage research and development to transfers of technology from research into manufacturing production and evaluating technologies offered as licencing opportunities. During four years experience working in a manufacturing / operations environment Paul gained a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in 2004.
Paul has spent the last two years as Commercial Services Manager TRUSTECH providing access to NHS expertise, business intelligence and clinical evaluations to private innovators seeking to access the NHS market. He has delivered numerous market research projects and project managed several clinical evaluations of promising novel medical devices in a wide variety of clinical areas. Paul is now the Centre Manager for MedTECH, a partnership between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT), the North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA), Manchester Science Park (MSP) and Corridor Manchester.
The MedTECH Centre is operated by TRUSTECH. The aim is to draw on the strengths of the partners with the objective of accelerating the development of innovative medical technology, combining first class business accommodation and support provided by MSP wit systematic access to NHS expertise provided by CMFT through its five hospitals (St Mary’s, Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester Dental Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary) which together form a regional centre of clinical excellence treating around 1 million patients every year and an ideal venue for clinical innovation.
For more information and how to find out about how The MedTECH Centre can help your business, please contact Paul on:
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Alexis joined as Market Research Manager at TRUSTECH in January 2007 and in 2009 moved to TRUSTECH’s Commercial Services Team. A key member of the TRUSTECH team, Alexis has a broad appreciation of current working practices, organisational structures and governance processes in the NHS and manages a wide range of projects. Alexis has previously worked on the Smart Solutions for HCAI programme, delivered numerous market research projects and project managed clinical evaluations of promising novel products, gaining depth in customer feedback and providing access to NHS expertise and business intelligence.
She delivers high quality and timely projects providing a consultancy service to a variety of organisations, international companies, SMEs, universities and government bodies and has become a Programme Manager for the Smart Solutions for Healthcare programme, a regional initiative to identify and evaluate novel technologies, services and products in the fields of cardiovascular disease and long term conditions.
Alexis has an MSc in Marketing from the University of Manchester Business School, is a Chartered Marketer and member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM), Associate of Market Research Society (AMRS), and has completed the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification in project management methodology.
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Kevin is a Business Development Manager in the Commercial Service team at TRUSTECH. This role involves identifying and engaging with healthcare companies with novel technologies, services and products that may be of benefit to patients and healthcare organisations, delivering market research and managing evaluation projects.
Previously, Kevin worked for the NHS Technology Adoption Centre (NTAC) where he was involved in a number of Department of Health led programmes including iTAPP (Innovative Technology Adoption Procurement Programme), the Healthcare Associated Infections Technology Innovation Programme, the Showcase Hospitals Programme and the Design Bugs Out and Design for Patient Dignity initiatives. Kevin has written and contributed towards a number of Department of Health and NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence) commissioned publications, and has provided Project and Programme Management for a number of healthcare initiatives.
Kevin was also involved in establishing NTAC’s commercial services division where he assisted a number of healthcare companies to increase adoption of their technologies by the NHS.
Yvonne appraises healthcare innovations from NHS Trusts within the North West for associated intellectual property and commercial viability, and assists with licence negotiations, spin-out company formation and funding applications.
Yvonne has a background in biochemistry. She gained her PhD from the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit at the University of Dundee, during which she conducted research into the physiological roles of the newer members of the p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase family. This was followed by post-doctoral work mainly at the University of California at Berkeley, and more recently a Pg Dip in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Manchester.
Rebecca is the first point of contact for all enquiries into TRUSTECH and is responsible for providing effective administration support to the Innovation Unit Manager and team ensuring processes and procedures run efficiently. These include Board Governance arrangements, Finance and Claim reporting to stakeholders and HR/Workforce procedures.
Rebecca has 8 years experience in NHS Administration and has recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Management at the University of Salford.
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Elizabeth has day-to-day responsibility for the effective administration and co-ordination of Commercial Services and the Smart Solutions programmes.
Brfore joining the TRUSTECH team Elizabeth was responsible for collation and dissemination of HCAI data for PCT staff and external bodies, co-ordinating training sessions for nursing homes within the area and general office support to the Clinical Lead for Infection Prevention and HCAI Specicalist Nurses.Prior to this Elizabeth’s career was in the commercial sector covering various sales and finance functions.
Elizabeth is currently the ‘Chair’ of the Disabled Staff Network for Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
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As Communications Manager, Carl is the first point of contact for media enquiries and co-ordinates the communications activities including maintenance of this and numerous other websites owned and managed by TRUSTECH.
A key member of the team, Carl also provides ongoing support to the team in their activities and individual programmes which are run by TRUSTECH such as Smart Solutions, Regional Innovation Fund and the Biobooth Initiative.
Carl graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2003 with a degree in Leisure & Sport Management and since then has worked in a variety of roles including Project Administrator for 5-A-DAY in the North West.
He has recently attained the PRINCE 2 certification at Practitioner level.
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