Element Materials Technology (Element) has appointed Dr Michael Kipping as Director of Medical Technologies for Europe, and Nicole Small as Senior Manager of the Medical Technology team.
Prior to joining Element, Michael was Health Innovation Lead at Innovate UK (UKRI) responsible for running the primary grant funding program that supports innovative UK health and life science businesses. He also worked closely with stakeholders in government, industry and academia to explore and develop a proposal for a UK Centre of Excellence for Regulatory Science & Innovation (UK CERSI).
Nicole was previously a senior manager at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Devices Safety and Surveillance division. She has led major change, educational and operational programs to ensure the safety of devices driven by benefit-risk assessments, and she led the agency’s COVID-19 response to secure the UK supply chain’s protective medical devices and PPE.
In his position at Element, Michael will drive the growth of the medical business across Europe.
Nicole will be forming a new team focused on enabling medical technology manufacturers to navigate the complex field of market access and the testing requirements necessary for safety and performance. She will also work with UK and European regulatory agencies and health institutions to expand Element’s service offering in that field.
Matt Hopkinson, EVP of EMEAA at Element, said: “We’re pleased to have Michael and Nicole join our team at Element. As we build a highly experienced and credible team supporting the medical industry, their medical device expertise across clinical, technical, regulatory and business applications will be an incredible asset. They will act as an essential bridge between Element’s world-class testing and assurance capabilities and the manufacturers, navigating highly complex and evolving requirements.
“A core part of our strategy includes the development of our medical end-market, and building our team of people with specific experience in the safety and performance of medical technologies will support that growth.”
Element provides comprehensive medical device services from feasibility and R&D, to product development and production quality control. It offers a full suite of medical device testing, including mechanical testing, product testing, material characterization and microbiological evaluation.