The Business Development Team for the Medical Sciences Division has announced the appointment of two new experts to its Industry Experts in Residence Scheme. Dr Toni Day, Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at OrganOx, and Professor Chris Cheng, Consulting Professor in Vascular Surgery at Stanford and CEO of medical device company Koli Inc., became part of the scheme in December.
The Industry Experts in Residence programme is managed by the MSD Business Development Team and Oxford University Innovation. It aims to give Oxford's research community access to world-leading expertise and advice across multiple sectors. Researchers can arrange meetings with industry experts to discuss their ideas and projects, and attend seminars give by these experts on a wide range of topics.
The scheme currently hosts experts in product design in biomedical engineering, drug discovery, and digital health, and the appointment of Dr Day and Professor Cheng has now made their expertise in Med Tech Regulation and Surgical Technologies available to researchers.
Dr Day holds a BSc Honours degree in Biochemistry and a DPhil in Neuropharmacology from the University of Oxford, and has worked for a number of start-up companies in the medical device, in vitro diagnostics and pharmaceutical arenas. She joined OrganOx Ltd in April 2011 to build the Quality Management System and the Regulatory Strategy. Toni commented: 'I am delighted to be part of the Industry Experts in Residence Scheme, and look forward to meeting researchers to discuss medical devices at all levels of the development lifecycle.' She is hosted in Oxford by the Oxford Medical CE Marking Forum (OxMCEF)
Professor Cheng is currently CEO of Koli, Inc., a medical device company developing a catheter-based solution for gallstone disease (spun out of Stanford Biodesign). He is also a Consulting Professor in Vascular Surgery at Stanford. He commented: 'I am thrilled to be at Oxford as part of the Expert in Residence program! My colleagues in Surgery and Cardiovascular Medicine, as well as the Fellows at Exeter College, have made me feel at home since day one. While I am here, I look forward to learning about the NHS, and am especially excited about engaging with students and faculty about academic collaborations with the medical device industry.'
Maxine Allen, Head of Business Development and Partnering for the Medical Sciences Division, commented: 'The Industry Experts in Residence scheme is a fantastic opportunity for our researchers to develop translational strategies for their projects, and an innovative way to foster interaction between industry and academia.'
Upcoming workshops and talks
Professor Cheng will be running open, small group sessions about biomedical research, the medical device industry, entrepreneurship, choosing between academia and industry, and work-life balance over the coming term. These sessions will be from 2.30-4.30pm on Thurs 25 Jan, Thurs 8 Feb, Thurs 22 Feb, and Thurs 8 March in Exeter College Cohen Quad. Please send Prof. Cheng an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm a place.
Further workshops and events:
- 8am, 16 February, Lecture Theatre 1, Academic Centre JR Hospital - "Vascular biomechanics applied to disease research and the medical device industry"
- 9am-12pm, 23 April, Lecture Theatre 2, Academic Centre JR Hospital - "Medical device innovation: From startups to blue chip companies"
- 9am-12pm, 29 May, Fitzhugh Auditorium, Exeter College Cohen Quad - "The precarious line between success and failure for medical device entrepreneurs"