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PolyPhotonix chief to speak at NHS event

As chief executive of Sedgefield-based PolyPhotonix, Richard is at the forefront of the firm’s pioneering technology which uses light to treat a range of debilitating eye conditions.

On Wednesday (21 October), he will speak at the opening of the new Institute for Learning, Research and Innovation (LRI) at the James Cook University Hospital.

The centre aims to bring together a full range of research, teaching, development, training and innovation facilities into one hub, with the ambition to grow and become a regional, national and international leader in its field.

Richard has been invited to give a speech about the importance of innovation.

He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be involved in the opening of the LRI Institute as it’s such a perfect example of the importance of innovation as a driver of change.

“Great innovation comes in many guises, from the small incremental steps which lead to a major breakthrough right through to those huge changes brought about by big maverick personalities. Both have their place in bringing about change for the better within the NHS and beyond.

“We all know the NHS is facing tough times as a result of financial pressures. Innovation can transform patient outcomes while providing significant cost savings.”