An i-sense funded workshop, run by the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey, brought together experts in diagnostic test development and digital technology to examine state-of-the-art tools available, as well as explore technical and cultural barriers to implementation.
Attendees included biologists, veterinarians, data mangers and engineers, and ranged from research scientists at The Pirbright institute, University of Brunel, University of Plymouth, University of Liverpool, Imperial College London, and University of Surrey, as well as industry leaders from Zoetis, Optigene, World Reference Laboratory for Foot and Mouth Disease Virus, and Veterinary Health Innovation Engine.
The workshop is a catalyst for multiple collaborations between academia, industry and government reference laboratories. Concrete steps have already been made in the form of joint PhD studentships between Surrey and Pirbright and further opportunities are in the pipeline.
Workshop themes are also now being directly incorporated into a literature review. The manuscript will demonstrate clear priorities for research in this area, and highlight opportunities and barriers with potential to influence policy for implementation of new technology.
Acknowledgements: This workshop was organised by Dr Jonathan Betts, School of Veterinary Medicine, Mirela Dumic, Institute of Advanced Studies, and the staff of Wates House for organisation.