Reflections on the RSM Innovation in Urology meeting
Innovation, regulation, excitement, even inspiration! New ideas, how to protect and develop them, and a revolutionary proposal to give them away free!! All these proposals were on show recently at the Innovation in Urology day at the RSM in London.
Sponsored by the RSM Section of Urology and The Urology Foundation (TUF), and put together by Tom McNicholas and Rik Bryan, the meeting on 26 February 2016 covered: drug development (what’s coming and how can we streamline and improve novel drug development so they don’t cost billions); new genetic advances coming but some already in a regional lab near you (such as VHL and BRCA); device development – and how that process can be learned and taught!
Lastly, the future is a different country (as LP Hartley almost said) so Mark Speakman and Tim O’Brien grabbed their passports and explored that place to finish the meeting. Mark wondered, are we and our junior colleagues clear what we want from our professional bodies and how should we be training and preparing for a future career in urology? Tim outlined more technological possibilities.
Reflections? There were a few:
- With population and cost increasing we must innovate but must do it better, cutting delays and needless expense from development and regulation – and even NICE agree!
- Protecting ideas may stimulate the potential device inventor, but how about giving novel molecules away for free as Chas Bountra suggests? His generosity might still end up with a developer selling the ‘free’ new molecule as a drug at a higher price than the NHS can pay!
View the following materials associated with this meeting:
Meeting report by Tom McNicholas
Video highlight: What’s new in renal cancer therapy? by Rob Jones
Video highlight: A new approach to drug discovery by Chas Bountra
What has been your experience of innovation in healthcare? Should we and can we do it better? Please leave a comment below – we would love to know what you think.