Day two will begin by exploring the role that engineers are playing in addressing some of the healthcare challenges we face and will feature the director of the UCL Institute for Healthcare Engineering, Professor Rebecca Shipley.
In her role as Director of the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering, Becky coordinates interdisciplinary research activities within healthcare engineering across UCL and its partner hospitals within the UCL Partners academic health system.
In 2020, Becky co-led the UCL-Ventura programme to manufacture non-invasive breathing aids at scale for treating COVID-19 patients, both within the National Health Service in the UK and globally. The consortium of academia, healthcare and industry partners included UCL, University College London Hospital and Mercedes AMG HPP. They reverse-engineered an off-patent device, optimised its design and secured regulatory approval within 2 weeks, manufacturing 10,000 devices for the UK. The design and manufacturing instructions have been made available globally at no cost, and the Venturas are now in use in hospitals in at least 20 countries. Becky was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (2021).