The medical device industry is overshadowed by huge companies which both stifle innovation and drain available resources. In the field of retinal imaging, there are just a handful of companies with revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars but they make large and expensive devices that are inappropriate for the developing world. Dr Craig Robertson and his company, Epipole, make smart intelligent devices that address specific illnesses using robust, high quality but relatively inexpensive hardware and very intelligent cloud-based storage and computing. In his talk, Craig will look at what disruption means in the medical device industry. He’ll explore how we can make devices that fulfil the needs of the many, not the few, and make them at a price that allows for ethical trading.
Dr. Craig Robertson is the founder of Epipole Ltd, a company which develops intellectual property in the domain of image, data and signal processing. His current project is a medical device which is particularly tuned to the detection of retinopathy. Craig’s background is in invention, mathematical problem solving and algorithm development. He invented 3D data acquisition systems, holds patents in the fields of optics, software and medical devices and has been a programmer for over 30 years. Craig has produced over thirty peer-reviewed papers, co-authored three books and produced many technical reports on subjects ranging from automated diagnosis to evolutionary optimisation and Open Source business integration.
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