• We are collaborating with Ingenza to develop a novel test for accurate positioning of nasogastric feeding tubes.
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  • We are working with Highland Biosciences to evaluate and enhance a revolutionary hand-held diagnostic test for coagulopathy.
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Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative London generates evidence to support the development of diagnostic tests.

About Us

Based at Imperial College London, we support diagnostics developers in the design and validation of new diagnostic tests – especially Point of Care Tests (POCTs), which are conducted near to the patient, rather than in the laboratory, and which produce efficiencies in time and process.

Industry & Innovators

We collaborate with industry and innovators to evaluate and improve emerging diagnostic tests and devices. Our access to world leading hospitals and extensive clinical networks, as well as our advanced diagnostic assessment methodologies, means we are uniquely positioned to support diagnostic developers.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Case Studies

Case Studies

Tools & Information

Tools & Information

Patient & Public

Patients and the public are involved in most of our activities while we also host regular engagement events to disseminate our findings. Our Patient and Public Board meet regularly to review DEC London’s strategy and approach and to provide input on specific DEC projects.

Our Research

We conduct research with a number of different partners, including industry, clinical groups, NIHR infrastructures, agencies and academic researchers. Being located within one of the world’s best universities, as well as a leading NHS trust, helps us to produce consistently excellent research.

Current Projects

Current Projects



Latest News

i4i Connect: NIHR funding for SMEs to accelerate medical technology development

The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme is launching a new funding stream – i4i Connect – aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in need of a funding boost to reach their next stage in the development pathway. Offering up to £150,000 over a 6-12 month period, i4i Connect will help SMEs get to… Read more

AdviSeME Prize

Your chance to win a free light scientific advice service worth £15,000. Are you a healthcare SME, academic research group or charity? Are you developing a transformative heathcare product for the NHS? Can your product change lives or save money? Would you like our input on your evidence development plans?… Read more

Questions SMEs should ask about clinical trials and regulations

How do SMEs ensure that their innovations are safe and effective, and  how can they demonstrate this to payers, practitioners, regulators and patients? DEC London attended a meeting organised by DigitalHealth.London to address these questions – and to help to connect innovative SMEs with key research and regulatory organisations, including the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and NICE. The conclusion was… Read more

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Knowledge Transfer Event

We held our first Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Knowledge Transfer Event at Imperial College London on Friday 17th February 2017! A short summary of this very exciting and valuable event is included below. Aim: To discuss Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPI) in medical technology and in-vitro diagnostic research carried out within the National Institute for… Read more

London MedTech Directory & Review 2017

SEHTA in partnership with the GLA and supported by MedCity has produced this guide to identify key organisations working in the MedTech sector, and to describe where they are and what they do. The plan is that the guide will be kept up to date on a monthly basis. If you would like your company… Read more

Medtech Accelerator Awards for East Anglia

This award facilitates early stage development of medical technology (devices, diagnostics, software and eHealth) that meet unmet clinical needs within the NHS. It has an open call and applications can be submitted at any time…. Read more

Relaunch of i4i Challenge Award on Mental Health

SMEs that are developing novel diagnostics for mental health are encouraged to apply for the relaunched NIHR i4i Challenge Awards. The award will fund one project per year for two consecutive years (2017-2018). Deadline is 5 April 2017 1pm…. Read more

Biomedical Catalyst Awards Sponsors

Biomedical Catalyst Awards 2017 Round 1

The aim of this competition is to develop innovative healthcare technologies that will help disease prevention, management of chronic conditions, better diagnosis, leading to better patient outcomes. Registration before midday on 22 March 2017… Read more



5th annual Sensors in Medicine conference

As in previous years, the conference will explore new developments in sensor technology and advances in their application in medicine and healthcare. Uniquely among a plethora of sensor conferences, Sensors in Medicine 2017 highlights those sensor developments which can improve patient outcomes. The conference will include invited and submitted papers, poster exhibits and a exhibition…. Read more


Fifth International Molecular Diagnostics Europe Conference

This event, held in Lisbon in April, will feature six tracks: Prenatal Molecular Diagnostics, Biomarkers for Immunotherapy, Cell-Free DNA in Clinical Oncology, Enabling Technologies for Cell-Free DNA, Advanced Diagnostics for Infectious Disease, and Point-of-Care Diagnostics…. Read more


UK Diagnostics Forum Oxford 2017

The NIHR Diagnostics Forum is a meeting of industry, academia and healthcare professionals developing ways to facilitate the utilisation and adoption of innovative tests through good quality evidence. The forum will be held in the beautiful setting of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Representatives from DEC London, and the other DECs, will be in attendance. https://www.oxford.dec.nihr.ac.uk/courses-and-events/nihr-diagnostics-forum-2017… Read more


World precision Medicine Congress – including DEC roundtable

World precision Medicine Congress – including DEC roundtable The World Precision Medicine Congress 2017 brings together academia, industry and healthcare professionals to discuss and debate key challenges and opportunities within diagnostics, and other areas relevant to precision medicine. On the Wednesday (17th May) Matt Hallsworth, NOCRI’s Head of External Relations, will host a DEC round… Read more


UK Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine Network 4th Annual Open Meeting

Talks from high profile academic and clinical experts; senior government and industry representatives; and a patient representative will highlight how the UK is leading the way in pharmacogenetics and stratified medicine. This event provides a great opportunity to meet with colleagues involved in delivering personalised medicine to patients. Chair and scientific advisor: Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed… Read more


Adopting MedTech 2017 – NIHR DEC Newcastle

A full day event for the medtech sector – providing advice and guidance on the evaluation evidence required to access the NHS market. You will be able to learn about the support available to help you efficiently generate evidence on your technology. The event will be of importance to companies working on the development of… Read more


Patients and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Knowledge Transfer Event

This meeting, to be held on 17th February 2017, will bring together researchers and PPIE members from different organisations to create a framework of PPIE in diagnostic research. Contact the PPIE team if you would like to be involved (LINK)… Read more


BIA/MHRA Conference – Innovation in Life Sciences in a Changing and Dynamic Environment

The BioIndustry Association (BIA) and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) present the seventh joint regulatory conference on Innovation in life sciences. This annual conference includes the latest thinking from senior experts and speakers from the MHRA, the life science industry, the Office for Life Sciences, NHS England, the National Institute for Health and… Read more