As the deadline for our centres of excellence in medical imaging competition looms, I am thinking of all those across the UK working feverishly on their applications. It is a challenging brief, and it’s great to see that companies, clinicians, …
Dr Penny Wilson
Dr Penny Wilson, Senior Specialist, AMR, Vaccines & Global Health, Innovate UK
Innovate UK is the UK’s Innovation agency; its remit is to support businesses and grow the economy by stimulating innovation in science and technology.
As part of the Ageing Society Health and Nutrition Sector, Penny focuses on Global Health, and in particular on antimicrobial resistance and vaccines (for both communicable and non-communicable diseases).
Having spent over 25 years in the Diagnostics Industry, in a variety of senior technical and strategic roles, Penny also leads on most of Innovate UK’s diagnostic related activities for all therapeutic areas. Within UK Research and Innovation, Penny led Innovate UK’s activities in securing the £210 million ISCF investment in Data to Early Diagnosis and Precision Medicine.
In recent years, she has focused on all aspects of precision medicine, on diagnostic systems, from both a technical and societal perspective, and on the challenges of technology integration and adoption. Her expertise spans human, animal and plant diagnostics and she has considerable expertise in assessing the diagnostic and healthcare needs in both the developed and developing world.
Appointments have included Senior Director of Advanced Technology Development for a company developing diagnostic systems for the doctor’s office, and Director of Technology Assessment and Acquisition for Siemens Healthcare. In Global Health Penny has advised the Bill & Melinda GATES Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the African Union.
Challenges Increasingly, innovation - across all sectors, is being driven by common factors, including: rapidly growing global population ageing demographic increasing urbanisation burden of diseases These factors are accelerating the demand for: more efficiently produced food healthier and traceable food …
The role of the Longitude Prize As the first year anniversary of the opening of the Longitude Prize falls it is a good time to reflect on the challenges of antimicrobial resistance and the products and services that the prize …