Date: 19 Oct 2023

Healthtech Innovation Masterclass: Demystifying the Design Process, Regulations and Routes to Market

Venue: Hobbs Rehabilitation Intensive Neurotherapy Centre, Eden Business Park, 80 Macrae Road, Pill, Bristol BS20 0DD


Event Notes:

This Masterclass is the perfect opportunity for healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, and tech enthusiasts to explore the latest trends and advancements in the healthtech industry.

In the ever-changing regulatory landscape,  strengthen your understanding of how to take your idea or prototype through a design process of clinical investigations and required criteria. The day will include a practical session plus a series of lectures covering the developmental design process, device classification and quality management plus clinical investigations – why, what and how.

Whether you’re looking to enhance patient care, streamline processes, or develop groundbreaking technologies, the Healthtech Innovation Masterclass is the place to be. Don’t miss out on this exciting event!

The Masterclass will include lunch and one hour of networking from 15:30 as well as opportunities for bespoke support from Psephos and The MiNT Academy.


Robin Stephens

Robin has over 35 years of experience in regulatory affairs, clinical research and quality assurance for medical device companies and has held a number of C-level and Board Member positions. Robin has been CEO at Psephos Biomedica (a medtech consultancy) since founding the company in 2001.

Robin is a Fellow of The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA) and a past chair of their MedTech special interest group. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, chair of the UK International Christian Chamber of Commerce and member of the Institute of Directors.

Robin was also co-founder of Mosaic Surgical Limited, a manufacturer of self-retaining surgical retractors, taking the company from concept through upscaling to manufacture and eventual trade sale in 2019.

He is a published author on regulatory matters and regularly presents and teaches at medical technology courses and conferences.

Alison Watt

Alison is The MiNT Academy Lead and a Specialist Neurological and Research Physiotherapist at Hobbs Rehabilitation, UK. With over 10 years of clinical experience within specialist neurological services, Alison previously worked in the NHS specialising in stroke and neurorehabilitation.

As a previous NHS AHP Ward Manager, Alison has always worked within innovative therapy roles. This continues at The MiNT Academy, a growing neurotechnology platform combining clinical education and product development.

Alison coordinates research, development and education activities to enable increased accessibility to clinically effective devices.

As Principle Investigator in technology trials, she has aided the development of devices from concept to market, with recent focuses on Virtual Reality and Exoskeletons. Alison has presented at and organised numerous national and international conferences, including as MiNT Chair at RehabWeek 2022. She has also completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Medical Education and lectures at multiple UK academic institutions.

Alongside this, Alison works clinically at Hobbs Rehabilitation Intensive Neurotherapy Centre in Bristol, combining the use of therapy devices with conventional hands-on treatment, for outpatients with a variety of neurological conditions. Alison uses all of her roles to passionately drive forward the use of neurotechnology in clinical practice to optimise opportunities and outcomes for patients.