Research Projects

Patricia Canton Lobera

Current PhD Student

Modelling innovation in the health technology assessment of medical devices

Research Project Summary:

This project aims to provide a robust and adaptive computational framework for highlighting the multifaceted impact of medical device innovations in healthcare delivery. The proposed research will review existing evaluation techniques in the health technology assessment of medical devices field, classifying strengths, weaknesses, and functionality of these computational modelling techniques across a range of clinical areas.

An innovative modelling tool, consistent with best practice, will be developed that addresses the needs of health technology assessment agencies with personalized features ensuring clinically and economic plausibility but also adaptive functionality for bespoke clinical areas.

Transplant technology is an emerging area where medical innovation is being applied to maximise the health benefits associated with transplantation. Cost implications, however, limit the feasibility of these innovations, due to limitations on the modelling capacity of health technology appraisal techniques.

Therefore, innovation in transplantation will be the main case study assessed in conjunction with the Oxford Transplant Centre and the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford. The modelling tool will incorporate data collected by the Oxford Transplant Centre and the EU COPE consortium in innovation in organ perfusion to validate functionality and predictive ability.


Patricia Canton Lobera studied at the Lycée Français de Madrid, where she obtained a Science Baccalauréat specialized in Physics and Chemistry.

Then she went to the Polytechnical University of Madrid, where she studied Biomedical Engineering with a specialization in Bioengineering, Regenerative Medicine, and Tissues. She did an internship at Hospital La Paz as a Device Improver. Her final thesis was about Infinite Elements Methods techniques applied to trabecular bones.

After her Bachelors, she did a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering with a specialization in Innovation and Management, and her final work was on Biometrics.

She then worked for a year at Hospital Gregorio Marañon as a Researcher in Biomedical Imaging.

After that, she changed and was hired at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, where she worked on Natural Language Processing applied to healthcare for a year and a half.

She also was the Digital Operations Manager and Product Manager at GalenoPrev2020, a startup that aims to reinvent the delivery of primary healthcare for people at the patient’s location.

Nowadays she is pursuing her PhD at Atlantic Technological University, Sligo Campus, Ireland.