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Business Connect News            September 2018


Region's SMEs shine at Expo


Secretary of State for Health and Care Matt Hancock tries out VR with Patient Memoirs 

It was great to see so many SMEs from the North West Coast exhibiting at the Health and Care Expo last week, alongside the best health innovators from around the world.

A magnificent seven were on our AHSN Network Innovator Zone or related areas and some were picked out for a visit by Health Secretary Matt Hancock: Damibu, Health Diagnostics, IEG4, Inovus Medical, MoRow, ORCHA, Patient Memoirs and Sundown Solutions.


Artificial intelligence in health and care

A new ‘state of the nation’ report about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in health and care was launched at Expo.
The report was written in collaboration between the AHSN Network, Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England following a survey to determine how artificial intelligence can be harnessed within the NHS and in preventative health settings. Download it here.


Could you be an NHS Innovation Fellow?

The NHS Innovation Accelerator is recruiting a new cohort of exceptional individuals with evidence-based ready-to-scale innovations. The search is on for local, national and international innovations that address the following NHS priorities: Prevention and early intervention in cancer and cardiovascular disease; mental health; primary care.

To find out more, visit


Search for high-impact innovations

Have you got an innovation ready to spread across the country? NHS England has launched a call for applications for the Innovation and Technology Payment 2019-20. We're looking for proven medical devices, diagnostics, digital platforms and technologies that improve patient care.

More info here.


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



Health Sector Business Breakfast
20 September, 8.30am - 11am,  Northwich Memorial Court, Northwich

This breakfast workshop will explain how procurement works in the NHS, with speakers from business, local authority and the NHS. Register here.


ECO: Digital Health in the North
26 September, 9am - 2pm, King's House Conference Centre, Manchester

Our Ecosystem 16 will bring together AHSNs across the North to showcase some of the North’s greatest digital assets. Sold out - but names are being accepted on a reserve list. Info here.

Lancashire SME workshop - Funding
27 September, 6pm - 9pm, Tickled Trout Hotel, Preston

Delegates will learn how to navigate the funding landscape; how to select the right funding pot; and how to write a compelling bid. Register here.


R&D tax credits - are Liverpool SMEs missing out?
4 October, 8am - 10am, Liverpool Science Park, Liverpool

This breakfast event will provide an overview of the Research and Development tax credits available to businesses in Liverpool City Region. There will also be 1:1 clinic sessions to understand more about individual circumstances and whether it would be worth companies pursuing claims. Register here.


Funding opportunities

Women in Innovation Awards

UK business women can apply for one of eight Women in Innovation Awards, with the chance to win £50,000 funding and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support. The deadline is 3 October; apply here.

UK Business Tech Awards

The UK Business Tech Awards is open for entries up to 14 September, with winners announced at an event in London on 20 November. Apply here.


Chance to accelerate

Applications are invited from early stage life science businesses to the North of England Life Sciences Accelerator. Successful applicants will benefit from:

  • A place on the BioCity Accelerator programme
  • Seed funding via Catapult Ventures and Alderley Park Ventures
  • 1:1 coaching
  • Mentorship via the UK wide Expert Network
  • Access to clinicians / clinical validation via the NHSA
  • Advice and introductions to investors
  • Free virtual tenancy at BioHub at Alderley Park
  • Access to shared facilities and analytical laboratory at Alderley Park

Application deadline: 17 September. Find out more here.

Funding from Innovate UK
  • Investment accelerator: innovation in precision medicine, deadline 26 September, apply here.
  • Biomedical Catalyst 2018 round 2: late stage, deadline 3 October, apply here.  
  • Biomedical Catalyst 2018 round 2: primer award, deadline 3 October, apply here.
  • Digital health technology catalyst round 3: feasibility studies, deadline 31 October, apply here.
  • Digital health technology catalyst round 3: collaborative R&D, deadline 31 October, apply here.
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