Neotherix CEO, Mike Raxworthy has recently been appointed as a Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Visiting Professor in Medical Technology Innovation and Translation at the University of Leeds.
As Visiting Professor, Mike will work closely with academic colleagues to embed innovation into undergraduate teaching in Medical Engineering. Students in this area of study currently have little exposure to innovation which is inconsistent with the idea that the UK economy requires innovation-competent engineers and scientists to develop ground-breaking medical technology products. This Visiting Professorship will also enhance student understanding of the steps required to translate an idea from concept to marketed product and, in so doing, improve the employability skills of engineering graduates.
In addition, Mike's extensive network will allow the University of Leeds to strengthen external partnerships with the medical device/medical technology industry and to broaden both the group of industry contacts and the number and type of activities that the students participate in. Mike will co-ordinate a programme in which industry experts deliver face-to-face teaching and offer inspiration through their knowledge and experience, allowing the development of an exciting innovation and translation curriculum.
The RAEng Visiting Professorship recognises the value that companies such as Neotherix bring to the innovation and translation processes and seeks to use some of this experience and know-how to benefit undergraduate and postgraduate learning in medical technology. Mike will combine this with his role as Operations Director of Regener8 which will continue to run alongside his Neotherix responsibilities.
The award will also allow Mike to extend his study of the work of regenerative medicine/medical technology translation centres to look at both European and developing world centres.
Please see the RAEng web pages introducing the Visiting Professors initiative and listing current Visiting Professorship awardees for more information.