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Business Connect News         November 2018


Business partnership awards for local trusts


Staff from The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust receive the Procurement Innovation Award 

The Countess of Chester Hospital, Liverpool Women’s Hospital and The Walton Centre have been named as winners at this year’s NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards. The awards recognise the work of businesses, third sector bodies and the NHS in working together to provide great patient care. More…


New partnership announced between ABHI and the AHSN Network

The Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) has today (6 November 2018) signed a memorandum of understanding with the AHSN Network. The partnership will see a joint commitment to developing and delivering services of mutual benefit, while ensuring HealthTech companies experience a consistent process, irrespective of the individual Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) they are working with. More...


‘Rapid uptake’ innovations ready for roll-out

The Innovation Agency and fellow AHSNs across England will be helping to roll out innovations identified for rapid uptake by the Accelerated Access Collaborative. The Government is providing up to £2 million to give more patients access to seven innovative technology areas that were identified by the Accelerated Access Collaborative, a partnership of health and health tech organisations. More…


North West Coast SMEs at Expo

New videos showcase the work of SMEs who exhibited at this year’s Health and Care Innovation Expo, and explain how they have benefited from Innovation Agency help and support: John Callaghan of Damibu demonstrates the company's CATCH app; Liz Ashall-Payne describes how ORCHA helps professionals and the public identify the best health apps; Charles McKinnon of IEG4 describes how his product delivers a digital service for transformation of continuing healthcare; Dr Elliot Street demonstrates Inovus Medical's hysteroscopy simulator; and Heath Groves of Sundown Solutions describes Bed State Tracker, which tracks care home occupancy.


New funding for immersive content creation

A new £8 million funding competition will enable virtual, augmented and mixed reality experiences – also known as immersive content – to be created more quickly and efficiently by UK content creators. The competition is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s audience of the future programme. Up to £33 million is available to develop new products and services that exploit immersive technologies. More...


NatWest launches Liverpool Pre-Accelerator for North West entrepreneurs

The NatWest Liverpool Pre-Accelerator is now open for applications from entrepreneurs across the city region who need business support to bring their ideas to life. The Pre-Accelerator is a fully-funded eight-week digital learning course that gives innovators the opportunity to achieve their business aspirations through intense online training and connecting with like-minded entrepreneurs. More...


Who to contact about our business support

In Lancashire: Steve Adams, Commercial Programme Manager
In Warrington or Cheshire: Indi Singh, Commercial Programme Manager
In Liverpool City Region: Andy Cairns, Commercial Programme Manager



Palliative Care, Architecture, Design and Technology Symposium
12 November, University of Liverpool

This symposium will bring together researchers from different backgrounds to develop research methodology and to explore how architecture, design and technology can improve quality of life for people with palliative care needs. Several speakers across a range of disciplines have been confirmed. More…


Digital Manufacturing Week
14-15 November, Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Digital Manufacturing Week is a national festival of advanced manufacturing bringing together 6,000 manufacturing executives across dozens of events over four days in Liverpool. Created by The Manufacturer magazine, Digital Manufacturing Week is the perfect platform for forward-looking manufacturers to future-proof their business. More…

Public Sector Solutions Expo
20 November, Manchester Central

The Public Sector Solutions Expo Manchester brings together more than 1,500 senior public sector professionals and 80 leading suppliers for a day crammed full of knowledge, insight, future trends, solutions, networking and collaboration. More...


28 November 2018, The Accelerator, Liverpool

The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital Trust (RLBHT) have embarked on their Global Digital Exemplar Programme, Digital Liverpool. As part of this journey their ambition is to develop sensors both in the trust and across the city of Liverpool. The Digital Liverpool Team at RLBHT invite you to a ‘Sensorthon’ which is being held in partnership with Sensor City, on 28 November 2018 at The Accelerator. More...


ECO 17: Transforming care through digital health
4 December 2018, Lancaster University

Join us for the Innovation Agency's 17th Digital Ecosystem event where we will focus on transforming care through digital health. It is part of our series of events to promote digital innovation in health and care, run in partnership with the ECH Alliance. More...


ICT 2018: Imagine Digital - Connect Europe
4-6 December 2018, Austria Centre, Vienna

ICT 2018 will take place in Vienna on 4-6 December 2018. This research and innovation event will focus on the European Union’s priorities in the digital transformation of society and industry. It will present an opportunity for the people involved in this transformation to share their experience and vision of Europe in the digital age. More...


Rural Health – Innovation Exchange
6 December 2018, Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln 

The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) is collaborating with the National Centre for Rural Health and Care to hold an Innovation Exchange to address some of the challenges that rurality presents to the delivery of both health and social care. More...


CERN Knowledge Exchange Workshop
30 January, Sci-Tech Daresbury

Explore first-hand how CERN technologies and know-how ­can help you create new business opportunities, overcome barriers to technical development and accelerate business growth. More...


Opportunity to exhibit at the Robotics and AI Industry Showcase 2019
12 March 2019, Manchester

The Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) invites businesses to register interest to exhibit or sponsor the RAI Industry Showcase in Manchester on 12th March 2019. The Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Industry Showcase is designed to accelerate the adoption of robotics and artificial intelligence technologies (RAI) in order to stimulate business productivity. More...

Awards and Funding opportunities

North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards

Our annual awards are a chance to celebrate the successes of the excellent work being undertaken across the North West region. They demonstrate the impact of clinical research and innovation efforts on patient and social care. The deadline for nominations is Friday 30 November and the awards event is on 7 March. Enter here...

Opportunities for UK life sciences companies in Texas

The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) invites UK life sciences and healthcare companies to apply for two opportunities in the Texas Medical Center (TMC). UK companies, from start-ups to established businesses, are encouraged to apply to participate in TMCx, a hands-on four-month accelerator programme, and UK at TMCx+, a co-working space within the TMC Innovation Institute for UK companies. Apply here...


Open grant funding competition: round 3

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in the best cutting-edge or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business-focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology, science or engineering, including arts, design, media or creative industries, and be applied to any part of the economy. The competition closes on 14 November.  More...

Innovation loans: September 2018 open competition

Innovate UK is to offer up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late-stage projects with the best game-changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact. Registration closes on 14 November. More...


Digital Innovation Hub Sprint Exemplar Innovation Projects

Health Data Research UK is seeking to sponsor between six and eight Sprint Exemplar Innovation Projects to inform the full Digital Innovation Hub Programme design and specification. These will demonstrate confidence of concept of both the functions of an interoperable infrastructure and research and innovation relevant use cases. Individual projects will be delivered by academic, NHS and industry consortia. The successful projects will receive between £100,000 and £400,000 funding and will be about six to 10 months in duration, although this will be dictated by the needs of each project. The deadline for applications is 7 December. Apply here...

Public Health Research Programme Rapid Funding Scheme

The Rapid Funding Scheme (RFS) offers researchers the opportunity to apply for funds to conduct rapid baseline data collection, as well as other feasibility work, prior to intervention implementation, for unique, time-limited opportunities such as a natural experiment or similar evaluations of a new public health intervention. The deadline for applications is 31 December. Apply here...

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