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May 2018

Cheshire and Warrington 


Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub

Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub is launching a second round of its SME Growth Grants Programme to support small and medium sized businesses to unlock their growth potential. The grants are larger in scope than the first round and are designed to help build capability, improve efficiency and productivity as well as support expansion into new markets and sectors.
For more information please contact Ian Fletcher:
To find out more, visit the Healthcare Business Connect Cheshire and Warrington webpage or email Indi Singh, Commercial Programme Manager


Rinicom Flies High with Second Queen’s Award

Lancaster-based company Rinicom Ltd. has received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, for International Trade for a second time, previously receiving it in 2013.

The award, which is based on a recommendation from the Prime Minister, is one of the highest accolades that businesses and individuals in the United Kingdom can receive. The winners are announced part of Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday celebrations.

Rinicom CEO, Professor Garegin Markarian, said: “We are overwhelmed and honoured to have received the Queen’s Award for the second time. It is an amazing achievement for us, as well as recognition for all the hard work our team have put in over the past few years.”

Find out more about Riniciom…

To find out more, visit the Healthcare Business Connect Lancashire webpage 
or email Steve Adams, Commercial Programme Manager

Liverpool City Region

GO Awards Win!

Congratulations to Liverpool City Council, who were awarded the GO Procurement Innovation / Initiative of the Year Award: Health and Social Care Organisations for their Stop &Go project. The UK National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2018/19 were announced in April.

Details of all winners here…

Learning from Stop&Go
The Stop & Go project is focused on integrating technology into existing care services rather than on the technology itself. eHealth Cluster are keen to share the learning from working with social care providers and commissioners and will be building on this learning as part of the 5G test bed for Liverpool.

A dissemination event is planned for late May.  If you would like to register your interest for this event please email 

To find out more, visit the Healthcare Business Connect Liverpool City Region webpage (part of the Health Innovation Exchange) or email Andy Cairns, Commercial Programme Manager

* Healthcare Business Connect Liverpool City Region is part of the Health Innovation Exchange

Innovation Agency news


New offices

We have opened offices in two other parts of our region to bring us closer to our partners. We now have a base in Preston Business Centre, alongside the Strategic Clinical Network; and we have taken up residence in the smart new Accelerator building, part of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital campus where we are under the same roof as innovative small businesses and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

We are still in Sci Tech Daresbury so we now have roots across the North West Coast!

Innovations magazine

Our summer edition of the Innovations magazine is out now, with features including four nationally funded innovations; photos of winners at the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards; and a self-care app being used in the Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Services Vanguard.

Read it here…
Annual Report
We have recently published our Annual Report for 2017/18.
Along with our summary of achievements from the year, it also includes a selection of highlights from the first five years of the AHSN.
New website
Please look around our new website, where we hope you will enjoy a more interactive experience and improved navigation to our wide range of multimedia resources:


HTN Awards 2018

Submission deadline: 1 July
The Awards celebrate and recognise great technology and innovation across health and care. There are 12 categories to choose from and every entry will be shared, promoted and covered as part of HTN Digital Week.
Digital Health Awards 2018
Submission deadline is 7 May
Nominations for the Digital Health Awards 2018 are open to everyone in the NHS.  The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of the leaders making the biggest contributions to UK healthcare IT.
Wellcome Trust Innovator Awards
Deadline: Open
These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.

Funding opportunities


The Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

NIHR: Health Technology Assessment Programme
  • 18/14 - Anti-reflux therapy in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis - Closing date: 23 May 2018
  • 18/15 - Non-surgical vs surgical management of unstable ankle fractures - Closing date: 23 May 2018
  • 18/16 - Nebulised saline in patients with COPD - Closing date: 23 May 2018
  • 18/17 - Antenatal computerised cardiotocography - Closing date: 23 May 2018
  • 18/23 - Calcium supplementation for women at high-risk of pre-eclampsia - Closing date: 23 May 2018
  • 18/08 - Amitriptyline for the prevention of post-herpetic neuralgia - Closing date: 24 May 2018
  • 17/138 - Surgery for early osteoarthritis - Closing date: 24 May 2018
  • 18/18 - Active case finding of coeliac disease - Closing date: 30 May 2018
  • 18/19 - The cost-effectiveness of venous thromboembolism risk assessment tools for hospital
  • inpatients - Closing date: 30 May 2018
  • 18/20 - Bronchodilators and corticosteroids in bronchiectasis - Closing date: 30 May 2018
  • 18/21 - Strategies for testing and treating TB infection - Closing date: 30 May 2018
  • 18/22 - Foot orthoses for children with symptomatic flat feet - Closing date: 30 May 2018
 NIHR: Public Health Review Team
Deadline: 29 May, 2018, 1.00pm
The Public Health Research Programme wishes to commission public health reviews that will be of immediate use to evidence users in national and local government, and civil society organisations, to inform the development or delivery of public health interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK: Business funds for tackling antibiotic resistance in China
Deadline: 30 May 2018, midday
The Department of Health and Social Care, working with Innovate UK, has up to £10 million in Official Development Assistance funding to invest in UK-China research and development projects into antibiotic resistance. this competition.

Innovate UK
Registration closes: 6 June 2018
Innovate UK is to offer up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.  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.
Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services (or innovative use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field.
Innovate UK: Open programme funding competition round 1
Opens: 10 May 2018
Deadline: 11 July 2018

This competition is open to the best cutting-edge or disruptive ideas or concepts with a view to commercialisation. These 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.

Innovate UK:Biomedical Catalyst 2018 round 1: early stage award

Deadline: 6 June 2018
SMEs can apply for a share of up to £8 million to continue a project's early stage development and technical evaluation, up to readiness for clinical testing.

Innovate UK: Biomedical Catalyst 2018 round 1: feasibility award
Deadline: 6 June 2018
SMEs can apply for a share of up to £2 million to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific idea that could solve a healthcare challenge. 

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council BBSRC: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs):
Open Call
KTPs accelerate business innovation by supporting knowledge exchange with academic institutions. As part of a UK-wide programme, these partnerships serve as a mechanism to transfer knowledge and to develop graduate and postgraduate personnel for industrial careers. Deadline: apply at any time Click here for more information.

Science and Technology Facilities Council STFC: 2018 Opportunities Call
Deadline: 12 June 2018, 4.00pm
STFC is inviting UK PIs to submit applications for resource funding to support short-term activities that have the potential to lead into multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research studies. The total amount of resource available is approximately £500k for the period of 1st October 2018 to 31st March 2019.
STFC: 2018 Capital Call
Deadline: 12 June 2018, 4.00pm
STFC is inviting UK PIs to submit applications for capital equipment to support STFC's PPAN programme as well as our External Innovation capabilities.

For Q members: Q Exchange: activating ideas together through Q's new funding programme

Have you got a great idea that you'd like to make happen? Can you offer your expertise and support to help these ideas come into fruition?
Q Exchange offers Q members the chance to develop project ideas and submit bids for up to £30,000 of support funding. These ideas can then be refined, developed and strengthened with the collective help of the Q community.
We’re looking for projects on the theme of peer support (the focus of Q Improvement Lab’s first project) and are also open to a diverse range of proposals of interest to Q members.
Get started today and upload your idea by 21 May.

Events and visits

International Business Festival

26 June Liverpool Echo Arena and Convention Centre 
We are organising an event within this major biennial festival: ‘Transforming healthcare – everybody’s business’.

Speakers include the Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram and Paul Rice, Head of Technology Strategy at NHS England. Register here.

On the same Life Sciences Day at the IBF, Enterprise Europe Network are organising the Healthy Future Partnering Event. Register here.
UK-China Oncology Congress Application Pack

Department for International Trade and the Science and Innovation Network, in partnership with the China National Cancer Centre, are now inviting applications for participation in the UK-China Oncology Congress taking place June 25 to 29, 2018 in Beijing and Guangzhou, China.

Organisations eligible for DIT services may now apply to participate in the UK Exhibition of Oncology Excellence, which forms the centrepiece of the Oncology Congress.

Queries and completed applications to:
Alderley Park Open Day
Friday 18th May, 10:00am – 1:30pm
A day of insight, networking and exploration at Alderley Park. Tour the world leading scientific facilities and hear about the latest developments.
Innovation in Care - 10th Anniversary Lecture and Exhibition
Wednesday 23rd May, University of Cumbria - Lancaster Campus
This event has been designed to showcase the possibilities of technology in health and care. From 2 till 4pm there is an exhibition of organisations and applications relevant to the redesign of care and support services.  At 4:30pm there will be refreshments followed by a Public Lecture by Dr Kevin Doughty, 10th Anniversary Visiting Professor for Digital Transformation of Care Services.

After the lecture there will be a cheese and wine reception hosted by Wellbeing Enterprises event sponsors. You are also welcome to attend an open meeting of iCUHTec.

To book your place email  by Monday 7th May; please state in your email whether you wish to attend the exhibition or lecture or both.
UK Bio International Networking Breakfast: NHS at 70, opportunities and challenges, from tackling AMR to real world trial delivery
Mon 4 June 2018; Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

Speakers from the UK and US to talk about their response to the global crisis in AMR. This will include speakers from the national UK Antimicrobial Resistance Centre, and Oxford based biotechnology company Oxford Nanopore Technologies.  

You will be able to network with UK companies, national stakeholders, bio-clusters and incubators. This includes Alderley Park, one of the biggest science parks in the UK, home to the UK AMR Centre as well as global industry. 

Intellectual Property in Software

Tuesday 5 June, 12.30 – 1.30pm; Innovation Centre, Sci-Tech Daresbury


David Robinson and Mike Williams, partners in Marks & Clerk’s software practice group,and Lucia Caporuscio, a trademark attorney with expertise in trademarks and designs, will cover all aspects of intellectual property in software including copyright, designs and trademarks, but with a focus on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions.

To register for the event please contact Pita Gainsbury by 31 May at 

The Healthy Future Partnering Event - 26 June 2018

Deadline for registration: 5 June 2018

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) have teamed up with 2018 International Business Festival for this event, taking place on International Health & Life Sciences Day of the festival.  Participants will publish a collaboration profile, identify companies they are interested in and then meet and greet at high speed!
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