Biomedical sciences

Joseph Bentley

Member since 2024

Occupation: Managing Director at ACT Medical

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Joseph Bentley invented a new technology that stops bleeding from worst-case-wounds, after two of his friends were stabbed in London. This invention led him to winning the First Medical James Dyson Award in 2021. Soon after, Joseph founded ACT Medical, to bring this technology to market. Joseph has experience leading small teams of Designers, Engineers, and Clinical Researchers to launch Medical Devices. In response to COVID, he was responsible for Human Factors Design and Validation of a rapidly manufacturable ventilator (which apparently “looked fantastic” – Boris Johnson). Joseph is also an active Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and held an Enterprise Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2023.


  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Education - responsibilities and influences
  • Evidence based governance
  • Healthy lifestyle support
  • International engagement
  • Lifelong learning
  • Long-term health conditions
  • Misinformation and disinformation
  • Public Health messaging
  • Unconscious bias