Innovative Health Working Group – 15th June 2022

15 June 2022

When & Where

The theme of this instalment of Innovative Health Working Group was ‘Emerging Technologies in Healthcare’. It was held on 15th June 2022, 2-4:30pm at Aston University.


This workshop was delivered to new and familiar members of the Innovative Health Working Group (IHWG), as well as the wider Innovation Alliance ecosystem. If you wish to join the next IHWG, you can join our mailing lists here.

The Event

This meeting showcased some of the exciting innovations happening on campus in relation to life sciences and health tech. 

Aston University teaches in areas of audiology, biosciences, neuroscience, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and psychology, and their research aligns to these areas of teaching, with a specialist focus in cellular and molecular biomedicine, health and disease across the lifespan, clinical and systems neuroscience, and vision, cognition, and language.  

Our IHWG visit included a chance to see Aston’s Vision Bus, which was launched in 2020. The initiative is the first of its kind in the UK, offering free vision and colour vision screening, followed by a more comprehensive eye test and free glasses to children who require them, using a fully operational custom-designed mobile eye care unit.

The Agenda

14:30 Welcome and Tour of the College of Health and Life Sciences facilities at Aston University

15:00 Light Refreshment

15.15 Chair Welcome and Introductions (members dialling in to join meeting here)

15:20 Technology for Health and Wellbeing.


• Perninder Dhadwar, CEO and Founder of Imobisoft and Innovate Health

15:30 Advances in Health Science and Technologies at the Institute of Health & Neurodevelopment


• TBC, Aston University

15:40 Aston Vision Sciences – An Aston Spinout


• Karl Obszanski, CEO, Aston Vision Sciences

15:50 Elsewhere in the Innovation Alliance / WMHTC


• Dr Pam Waddell (Innovation Alliance West Midlands)

• David Kidney (WMHTC)

16:00 Innovation in Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Trust


• Daniel Ray, Chief Technology Officer, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

16.10 Round table / Networking (all)

16:30 Meeting close


WM Health Technologies Cluster

IHWG meetings run quarterly, and aim to share information and good practice and catalyse new partnerships and collaborative activities that help to further develop innovation within and between the sectors.

Notes and presentations from previous IHWG meetings can be found here.