Upcoming Innovation Events

We work to maximise opportunities for companies to interact with researchers and health and care professionals – a conversation can often spark new innovative ideas.

Keep up to date and find out more about the latest innovation events from across Scotland.

Edinburgh Roundtable - Innovating Healthcare Scotland

Chamber UK

Date and Time:
Wed, 07 Sept 2022, 17:00 – 18:15

Dynamic Earth
Holyrood Road

About this event

The roundtable will be an open discussion of attendees on several key topics around achieving innovation in Scotland’s health and life science sector.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • What does the healthcare innovation landscape look like in Scotland?
  • What are the main challenges to improving innovation in Scotland?
  • How can Scotland’s healthcare system increase the uptake of innovation and optimise its unique healthcare data system to improve outcomes?
  • A formal briefing will be circulated in advance of the session.

5pm: Arrival and refreshments
5:15pm: Chair’s welcome (Angela McFarlane)
5:20pm: Opening comments from Cabinet Secretary (Humza Yousaf MSP)
5.30pm: Open discussion
6.10pm: Chair’s thanks
6:15pm: Move to the studio for Innovating Healthcare Scotland Q&A event
6:30pm: Innovating Healthcare Scotland Q&A event starts

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What is a Medical Device?

Medical Device Manufacturing Centre (MDMC)

Date and Time:
Thu, 22 Sept 2022, 10:00

Online event

In this webinar, Ms. Elaine Gemmell, head of Regulatory Affairs at InnoScot Health, Ms. Melissa Siah, Director of Syntacog, and Prof. Marc Desmulliez, Manager of the MDMC, will present:

• The legal definition of a Medical Device

• The classification of a Medical Device and its impact on the regulations that need to be satisfied by this device

• Case studies of devices which lie at the boundaries between classes of devices

• The presentation of a software that automatically provide information on the classification of a medical device and lists the regulation documents to be filled in. A live demonstration of the software will be provided.

This webinar will be of interest to manufacturers with little prior knowledge and experience of medical devices, as well as established businesses seeking more information on the automation of classification of medical devices.

The webinar will be hosted on Zoom, with link provided following registration.

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Holyrood’s Health & Care Festival

Date and Time:
Tue, 6th Sept 2022, 10:00 – Thu, 8th Sept 2022, 15:00


The pandemic has shone a light on the cracks within our health and social care system. It has significantly increased the pressures facing health and care professionals, exacerbated existing health inequalities, and made us reflect on the care and protection offered to those in older age groups.

As we continue to move through the various stages of the pandemic, the Scottish Government has outlined several steps that it will be taking to strengthen the health and care system and tackle the challenges it faces. This includes increased investment in frontline health services, a new Public Health Bill, and the establishment of a New National Care Service.

Over three days in September, Holyrood’s first Health and Care Festival will focus in on key areas where improvements are urgently needed.

Day 1: Primary Care in partnership with BMA Scotland

Day 1 will focus on primary care, with discussion expected on how we can improve ways of working; grow and support the workforce; and seize opportunities from digital technologies.

Day 2: Public Health in partnership with BHF Scotland   

With 1 in 5 non-communicable disease deaths preventable in Scotland, we’ll be considering what action needs to be taken on health harming products, such as unhealthy food, tobacco and alcohol.

Day 3: Older People’s Health and Wellbeing  

The Scottish Government plans to publish a new Health and Social Care Strategy for Older People later in the year. With this in mind, we will be looking at how we can support older people to age and live well; and access the right health and care services, in the right place, at the right time.

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Innovating Eye Health Services in Scotland SBRI Challenge Launch Event

Scottish Health and Industry Partnership

Date and Time:
Wed, 24th Aug 2022, 13:30 – 15:00

Online event – MS Teams Live

Home monitoring for glaucoma to better identify patients at risk of losing vision, and to reduce the individual and societal costs of sight loss.

NHS Forth Valley, on behalf of the Eye Health Consortium, NHS Scotland and the Scottish Health and Industry Partnership (SHIP), Scottish Government are hosting the Home Glaucoma Monitoring Open Innovation Challenge.

The challenge is to develop and validate the tools needed for home (or near-patient) glaucoma assessment, including home tonometry and home assessment of visual function, and potentially even optic disc imaging.

It is also important to develop methods of securely storing, transferring, and analysing the likely large number home measurements obtained.

This launch event will provide potential applicants the opportunity to hear more about the challenge and ask questions.

All applications for this challenge will be managed through the Innovate UK website.

Joining instructions will be emailed out to all those who have registered at least 24-hours before the event.

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Using Data-Driven Algorithms and AI with Confidence in Health and Social Care

Date and Time:  11.00 am – 1.00 pm 23rd August 2022

Location: Virtual Workshop


This workshop brings together key leaders in this field to share with us their insights and expertise around transforming health and care services through algorithmic and AI tools.

This is an opportunity for you contribute your perspective to future learning and workforce development needs for realising the benefits of algorithmic and AI tools. It is part of a wider collaborative scoping project to deliver on the objective within Scotland’s Digital Health and Care Strategy, to: “equip our staff with the ability to understand and interrogate data-driven recommendations and decision support tools, including those powered by Artificial Intelligence.”

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BioForward 2022

Biodundee International Conference

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 – 08:00 to 18:00

Location: Oxford

BioForward 2022 is OBN’s Roadmap for Growth Life Sciences event taking place in Oxford on Tuesday 27th September. The one-day event is designed to provide the support, skills, know-how and industry connections required to build a commercially successful business, and they are pleased to offer complimentary registration to early stage & emerging life sciences R&D companies, to allow them to meet with a broad range of vital support service providers from across the life sciences ecosystem.

BioForward is a one-day event that features:
•    An exhibition featuring 50 trusted industry suppliers across IP, tax, financial management, regulatory, insurance, facilities, location management, manufacturing, lab supplies, PR, marketing, business development, HR & talent, consultancy
•    A targeted programme of workshops providing insight on a range of topics
•    Pre-scheduled, private 1:1 partnering meetings
•    Networking breaks and a drinks reception
•    Complimentary lunch from one of the visiting food trucks

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The Digital Health Society

Date and time : 4-5th October, 2022

Location: Online

Background: The 2-Day Virtual Summit promotes the latest thought leadership of the DHS, showcases innovation, research, European funded projects and addresses the latest digital and data challenges facing digital health.

The Summit will focus on the topic “Data & Digital services to support the recovery of health systems across the globe” which is one the 3 themes of the Global Health Connector Partnership Flagship events in 2022 in the US (Boston, Las Vegas and Washington), India (New Delhi), Africa (Kenya), Spain (Barcelona) and Switzerland. The DHS Summit will build on almost 1000 registrations from 68 countries across the globe.

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Annual Life Sciences Conference

Date and time
Thu, 24 Nov 2022, 09:00 – 17:00 BST


Our 2022 conference is going to be a hybrid event, taking place at the technology innovation centre in Glasgow. Save the date for our annual event on November 24th.

Our 2022 event in in planning, more information will come soon.


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Beyond Surgery: Robotic Assistance In The NHS Workplace

NHS Grampian and The National Robotarium

Date and time
Tue, 23 Aug 2022, 09:00 – 16:00 BST

The Lecture Theatre, Suttie Centre for Teaching & Learning in Healthcare
Foresterhill Road
AB25 2ZD

Background :

NHS Grampian Innovation Hub and the National Robotarium would like to invite potential industry partners to an exciting event exploring how we can use robotic technology to better carry out activities in NHS Scotland and beyond.

Colleagues in our domestic, catering, nursing and pharmacy services have helped us to generate examples of where robotic technology could help us become substantially more efficient, allowing our pressured staff to get on with other activities. We have some interesting use cases from meal plating and portioning in the kitchens, to cleaning at height, changing curtains, patient self-administration of drugs and dispensing controlled drugs on the wards.

We would now like to bring together our staff and industry to explore ways in which we can jointly develop and test prototype solutions.

NHS Grampian are hosting a face-to-face event on Tuesday 23rd August at the Suttie Centre on our Foresterhill Health Campus. This will provide industry with opportunities to hear directly from frontline NHS staff about the nature of their challenges, arrange site visits where that is helpful and network with the view to creating consortia.

We believe this may be an interesting opportunity for companies already working in healthcare but also others applying robotic technology solutions in different industrial areas.

We hope you can join us.

Please contact the Innovation Hub for more info: gram.innovation-hub@nhs.scot

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Past events

Life Sciences and Healthcare: Innovation, Collaboration and Growth

21st BioDundee International Conference

The BioDundee conference has been running for two decades and is the longest-running and most established event of its kind in Scotland. The Conference will be virtual and delivered in partnership with D C Thomson & Co Ltd. The conference shall be a one-day event with accompanying exhibition and networking opportunities attracting attendees and exhibitors from the UK, and International, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Digital, and associated sectors.

Free Virtual Conference, Exhibition and Networking

Tuesday 17th May 2022

08:30 – 16:30 (BST)

The Conference will be split into five sessions over the day:  

  • Getting ready for global growth sponsored by Henderson Loggie
  • MedTech sponsored Scottish Health Innovations Limited (SHIL)
  • Innovation sponsored by Research and Innovation Services (RIS), University of Dundee Sustainability
  • What the Future Holds? sponsored by Invest in Dundee, and the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee
View event recording here

Synthetic Data: Guide for SMEs

by BREATHE and PIONEER Health Data Research Hubs

Join us on Thursday, 19th May 2022, 15.00-16.00 BST to hear from our expert speakers, submit questions for the Q&A and interact with live polls.

Location: Online Event

About this event:

Synthetic Data can overcome the challenges associated with using real world data. Whether you are looking to reduce lengthy approval processes, increase privacy and security, or even amplify small sample sizes, synthesised data can be a useful and cost-effective tool for your business.

BREATHE — The Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health and PIONEER — The Health Data Research Hub for Acute Care, with funding from Innovate UK have developed a digital resource for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) interested in learning about Synthetic Data.

If you are a health tech or health care innovator, start-up, analyst or medical device developer, Synthetic Data: A Guide for SMEs will give you a comprehensive introduction to Synthetic Data. Learn about its opportunities, challenges and limitations, while visiting case studies, examples and use-cases for Synthetic Data.

View event recording here


Scottish Health and Industry Partnership

The event, Chaired by Mark Cook, Scotland’s Lead Industrialist in Life Sciences, with global, UK and Scottish companies alongside NHS Scotland and NHS England’s Clinical Leaders examines the following themes:

AI validation and delivery in health and care settings – safe innovation and commercialisation
Medicines – novel industrialisation and introduction of innovative medicines in NHS Scotland
Transformation in chronic disease and Long-Term Conditions – a global view of what Scotland can achieve in 2022
Investment Opportunities in Scotland for Life Sciences
Requests to meet with consortia are also available (in lieu of attending a parallel session) to discuss the following Open Innovation Challenges:

Cancer – early diagnostics
Mental Health-person centred innovations
Eye Health Care Rapid Diagnostics
Medicines and Dementia Care
Diabetes Monitoring Transformation
Optimising Stroke Care Clinical Decision Making
Innovation to Prevent Drug Deaths
Women and Children’s Innovation
Diagnosing Skin Cancer in 25 minutes by 2025
This is your chance to meet the Clinicians, share ideas, speak to Investors and agree collaborations for 2022/23.

View event recording here

Digital Healthcare

National Health Executive

Date and time
Thu, 21 July 2022, 09:00 – 15:30 BST


In October 2021, the Government outlined an increase of £5.9bn to the NHS budget and assigned £2.1bn for improvement of softwares in digital healthcare. As technology becomes more prominent in everyday life, the availability of digital health care has put innovation at the forefront of patient care, as conventional methods can lead to cost inefficiencies, missed appointments and declining health outcomes. This commitment from the Government has firmly outlined their technical ambitions for the future of the NHS.

Evolving the effective running of NHS practises via digital pathways will alleviate the pressure on GPs, ultimately leading to a higher quality of delivered healthcare, patient experience, and reduction in infection rates by removing the waiting room. As we become more reliant on mobile devices and instant communication, there has never been a better time to be involved with the development of new technologies and interfaces throughout the NHS. The Digital Aspirant programme supports Trusts to deliver improved digital capabilities across the NHS. 23 Trusts joined the programme in February 2020, and now 60 health organisations – from £6m of funding – receive £250,000 a year to develop and share digital strategies.

On the 21st of July, join us for the NHE365 Virtual Event, where we will be discussing the importance of developing technologies to increase the efficiency and dependency of communication, monitoring and distribution of digital tools within the NHS.


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NHS Scotland Event 2022

21st - 22nd JUNE 2022

Dates have been announced for the annual NHS Scotland Event for 2022! Put a hold in your diary for the 21st and 22nd June 2022! The conference will take place at P&J Live in Aberdeen. For more information and to register your interest visit the below link.

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Digital Transformation Event 2022

7th June 2022

The last two years have thrown organisations into the digital realm, with core sectors such as healthcare and education now incorporating digital technologies into their services. Holyrood Connect’s 8th Annual Digital Transformation event will provide
delegates with a day of engaging discussions surrounding the shifting landscape of public sector organisations’ relationships with digital technology.
Don’t miss out – secure your free place at the flagship digital transformation event for the public sector in Scotland.

Register here

Women's and Children's Innovation Workshops

29th and 30th March 2022

Do you work in Women’s and Children’s services, have a problem or challenge you want to solve? Join us at our Virtual Innovation Workshops to identify key innovation challenges and build collaborations. 29 & 30 March, 14:00 to 15:30.

Register here

International Colon Capsule Conference

21st April 2022

Hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Delivery at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, this hybrid event aims to bring the clinical and health management community together to share knowledge on the current and future use of colon
capsule endoscopy (CCE) in gastrointestinal disease.
You can view the full programme and register via the link below. This event will take place on 21st April 2022 and is free to attend.