Smart Manchester: IoT in Healthcare, Energy & Life Sciences

Monday, April 22nd 2024

13:49 – 13:49 (GMT)

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The global IoT industry is expected to become a $14.4T market by 2022 (Cisco).

The Internet of Things is a concept of connecting all things - from devices to homes, from shoes to factories, street lamps to buses, or literally anything and everything under the sun. IoT refers to a network of physical objects embedded with electronics, software, network connectivity and sensors, that are able to collect and exchange data used to run cities more efficiently, transparently and sustainability.

IoT has been a buzzword for sometime, but it is becoming more and more a reality as we witness industries such as Healthcare, Engineering, and Life Sciences harnessing this technology to provide better services and improve lives.

In the UK, the government has invested £32M to accelerate its national IoT capability. Recently, the City of Manchester was named as the country’s IoT capital, boasting innovation in transportation, energy, and the healthcare.
Innovation Forum Manchester tackles the importance of IoT in the British way of life, its advantages, impact, and potential to transform not just our public services but also the way we live our daily lives.

Join us on 4th of May 2017 at 5.30 p.m. in Manchester Conference Centre to re-discover Manchester as the UK's IoT capital and a global model for a smarter city.

Keynote speakers:


5:30 PM - 6:05 PM


6:05 PM - 6:15 PM

Welcome by the Innovation Forum

6:15 PM - 6:40 PM

The Internet of Things Market & Manchester as IoT City

Tacis Gavoyannis, Head of Smart Cities and IoT,  ATKearney

6:40 PM - 7:00 PM

Keynote 1 – Real-life IoT in the City: Health & Social Care

Steve Gardner, CEO, RowAnalytics

7:00 PM - 7:20 PM

Keynote 2 – Real-life IoT in the City: Energy & Transport

Nick Chrissos, Head of Innovation Technology, UK and Ireland at Cisco Systems

7:20 PM - 8:20 PM

Panel discussion – moderated by Dr Samir Ali Khan (Consultant and senior Analyst, New Medicines Partners and Xyntéo);

In addtion to Tacis Gavoyannis and Steve Gardner, Professor Tom Jefferies (Head of Manchester School of Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Manchester), Paul Brodrick (Head of Connected Communities, Siemens), Professor Peter Ogrodnik (Co-founder, Metaphysis LLP), and Jameel Zayed (Director, Sinan Compass Ltd) will compose a well-balanced panel

8:20 PM - 8:25 PM

Closing remarks

8:25 PM - 9:30 PM

Networking/wine reception


He has more than 30 years of marketing and international business development experience in the telecoms and datacoms sectors, having worked in a range of senior management roles for British Telecom International, Motorola, Cable & Wireless, Mercury Communications, RR Donnelley, De La Rue Systems Ltd, Callahan Broadband Wireless Inc, Orange PLC, TNS PLC and Siemens PLC. Engaged in strategic consultancy and business transformation within on Smart Communities and Smart Cities solutions in particular Community Energy, Electric Vehicles, micro grid solutions and Internet of Things. Working for ATKearney as their Head of Smart Cities and IoT responsible for Innovation partnerships and projects across EMEA and supporting the Smart Cities activities globally. A futurologist and researcher able to bring value to technology players worldwide. Particular interest in Smart Cities, Telemedicine, IoT, New Energy and Smart Transport. A Fellow of the RSA and a mentor with Springboard Internet of things in Cambridge.

Steve is a serial entrepreneur and occasional angel investor specializing in informatics with a strong track record of building world-class companies, teams and products mainly for the life science industry. He has been directly involved in raising over £50M venture funding for various businesses. Steve has designed, built and brought to market a number of innovative and commercially successful products to support drug discovery and clinical informatics.

Steve has a broad range of technical, senior management, commercial and corporate skills and experience, which he gained at senior levels in start-up, emerging and Global Fortune 500 companies.

Participated in an London Stock Exchange main market flotation and 11 corporate acquisitions.

Consulted widely for a variety of top 100 life science companies on informatics, business and scientific projects.

Extensive international experience having worked in UK, Europe and the USA.

Published over 30 papers and principal inventor on 24 patents & applications.

With more than 20 years in product development, marketing and sales, Nick is the Head of Innovation Technology for Cisco in UK and Ireland, responsible for collaborative research and leadership of the Cisco CREATE team. His previous roles have included the CTO of Collaboration in UK and the Head of Unified Communications Technology in Europe. A dynamic thought leader and an ambassador for Cisco, Nick has a particular passion for exploring the way cutting edge technologies can transform the way we work, live and play.

Samir is a health strategist with a passion for design thinking and collaborative innovation. His specialisms include targeted drug discovery, health tech commercialization and risk-sharing strategies for access to new medicines. Samir brings more than 5 years of international experience within academia, biotech startups and strategy consultancies dedicated to new models of medicine discovery, commercialization and care delivery.

He holds a PhD in Pharmacology from the Cambridge University supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Trust Fellowship, has publications in Nature and delivered a range of consultations and white paper on disruptive tech on global themes such as ageing, genomics, telehealth and payer value stories for global Pharma companies.

Paul is the Head of Connected Communities for Siemens Energy Management division with a remit to develop innovative local energy system solutions for the emerging decentralised, community and municipal energy markets. His team has cross portfolio responsibility for integrated service solutions, smart grid applications, energy enabled smart cities and a small consultancy business building and optimising local energy models. He originally joined Siemens in October 2013 as Head of Smart Grid Applications & Solutions for North West Europe.

Before joining Siemens Paul was Managing Director of a start up company 22nd Century Energy developing smart energy projects including technical and commercial design of a number of ground breaking community energy and smart city projects. Prior to that he was the Business Development Director for Utilities at Cable & Wireless Worldwide and also spent 10 years at ELEXON where he implemented the de-regulation of the wholesale electricity market and managed the operation of the central settlement systems.

Tom Jefferies is Professor and Head of Manchester School of Architecture, a joint School of the Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester, joining the School from his previous post as Professor: Head of Birmingham School of Architecture. He is a qualified architect and consultant urban designer and a panel member of PlacesMatter! North West England's design review panel. His design work has been recognised through international prizewinning competitions.

His research critically investigates the relationship between culture, space, landscape process, heritage and sustainability to propose new forms of contemporary urbanism. His expertise in architecture, urban design, landscape, master planning and design codes, architectural history, theory and context, sustainability and conservation is a basis for developing symbiotic relationships between research and inter-disciplinary practice.

Built environment projects have been supported by grants pioneering approaches in problem based cross-disciplinary work, developing architecture as a critical practice. This has involved placing professional activity within a wider cultural framework recognising the overlap between theory, academic concerns and production.

Professor Ogrodnik is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Engineering Designers and a Fellow (regional) of the Royal Society of Medicine, an Honorary Consultant at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. For over 20 years he has conducted research into optimising the treatment of tibial fractures. Using this research base he has enhanced the application of engineering design principles to the solution of medical devices, his book Medical Devices Design is a core text in core R&D departments.

He has founded two medical devices companies (one manufactures and sells medical devices to the NHS and beyond) and is named inventor on numerous patents. He was a founding director of the University spinout Intelligent Orthopaedics Ltd, and is a founding partner of Metaphysis LLP. Through this corporate involvement Professor Ogrodnik has an understanding of the realities of applied research for industry; for example he was a member of the AWM Healthcare Technologies cluster opportunity group.

Jameel heads the China-focussed Sinan Compass Ltd., a specialised boutique M&A and exporting services firm. His international team focus on B2B trade among small-cap SMEs in: Healthcare, Smart Cities, & Media.

His training is technical, where after completing a chemistry PhD (Cambridge) in 2012, he moved to the US to pursue synthetic biology at MIT as a postdoc. He then moved into operations management at a major vaccines CMO, and in 2015, he founded Sinan Compass, a Staffordshire-based UK-EU-Chinese services company bringing niche Hi-Tech products to the mass market.


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