Adrien Desjardins’ research is centred on the development of medical devices and imaging systems. I joined the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering at UCL as a Lecturer in March 2011. I immediately founded the Interventional Devices Group (IDG) within the Department, to initiate a wide ranging translational research programme that spans physics, engineering, and medicine. My vision is to transform minimally invasive procedures with novel medical devices that actively sense and respond to their environment, and novel imaging systems that can interact directly with the medical devices. The IDG collaborates closely with physicians in the UK and abroad to achieve its goal of improving clinical outcomes for patients.