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July 2017

Lorna Green
Commercial Director
We hope you are enjoying the summer so far. There are again a number of exciting funding opportunities for you to apply for along with some events highlighting the best of European innovation.

For the first time we are featuring a blog from our commercial team members, I hope you enjoy reading it.



Funding opportunities
Innovation Exchange 
Business Connect Blog: Right Meds, Right Time
Funding opportunities

National Institute for Health Research

As a translational funding scheme, i4i advances healthcare technologies, devices and interventions for increased patient benefit in areas of existing or emerging clinical need.
It funds collaborative R&D projects in medtech SMEs, universities and the NHS that demonstrate proof-of-principle and have a clear pathway towards adoption and commercialisation. The aim is to de-risk projects, making them attractive to follow-on funders and investors.

The expected i4i output is an advanced or clinically validated prototype medical device, technology or intervention.

Two funding streams are available (please click the below links for further details including key dates):

SBRI Healthcare

The SBRI Healthcare programme will be looking to receive applications from companies with innovations that can enhance the screening, diagnosis or management of cancer.  Successful applicants can receive up to £100,000 of funding for Phase One (feasibility) and up to £1m for Phase Two (development) for solutions that match the needs of the NHS.  You need to have a truly innovative offer that could transform screening, diagnosis or management of cancer.

An SBRI Healthcare briefing document  will be available the week starting 24 July with briefing events planned for London on Tuesday 25 and Manchester on Thursday 27 July. 
The deadline for entries is 4 September.  Register at to receive the full briefing and details (available from 25 July).

Nightingale Pre-Commercial Procurement

Can you help improve patient monitoring to save lives?

Nightingale is a €5m EU funded Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project for innovators in patient monitoring, data analytics, communication, design and related areas.

It is an opportunity for large and small companies to define and design the next generation of acute care monitoring systems in Europe for both hospital and home settings.  You can work with global leaders in the field to develop, test, and validate solutions in five major European hospitals (in Stockholm, Leuven, Utrecht, London and Aachen).

The goal is to develop monitoring systems that are:
  • Wireless and unobtrusive
  • Intelligent, with low false alarm rates
  • Allow interaction by patients.
Please visit www.nightingale-h2020.euteraction to find out more and register your details.

NHS Innovation Accelerator

Applications for the 2017 NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) are now open.

For 2017, the NIA is seeking local, national and international innovations that address the following NHS priorities: Applications are open until midnight on Wednesday 26 July 2017.
You can find more information on the NIA website

NHS Innovation and Technology Payment 2018/19

Applications are invited for innovators to be part of the NHS Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP). This follows the Innovation and Technology Tariff and provides a faster and easier way for the NHS to adopt proven innovations which will benefit patients and citizens.
Applicants should show that their proposed innovation or technology is cost effective and addresses a clearly identified need or problem. The case must be convincing: the innovation should focus on resolving a particular problem, either by giving a health and wellbeing or quality gain or by delivering the same quality at a lower cost.

The deadline for applications is noon on 8 September 2017.

For more information please visit NHS Innovation and Technology Payment 2018/19 Call for Applications.

Eurostars – R&D performing SME

Next deadline – 14 September 2017


To qualify as an R&D performing SME an orgnasiontion must first comply with the EC definition of an SME.
In addition, it must also meet the thresholds for dedicated R&D FTEs or turnover set by EUREKA

SMEs with a headcount of 100 FTE employees or fewer must:
  • Have at least 5.0 FTEs dedicated to R&D activities
  • or dedicate at least 10.00% of their FTE to R&D activities
  • or dedicate at least 10.00% of their turnover to R&D activities
You can find more information on the Eurostars website.

EiT Health – SME developments

We are delighted to announce that four of the SMEs we have been working with are through to the second round of prospective  EiT  funding.

Morow, Rescon, Esprit and Nanoflex will be working with last year’s winners, Damibu, who have kindly agreed to assist them.
Good luck to you all.

Innovation Exchange 

The Innovation Exchange provides an online community for colleagues across the healthcare sector to share innovative solutions, projects and products to improve patient care. 

This month's highlight is: 'The Mum's Test' Care Home 
Created by Healthwatch Lancashire, this care home guidance has been rolled out across Lancashire following detailed evaluation of more than 40 local care homes.

‘The ‘Mum’s Test’ Checklist assists those searching for suitable nursing homes or residential care. Find out more.

To be part of this community, visit:
To speak to one of our team, please call 01772 520 263 or


Accessing European Research & Innovation Funding

26 July, Manchester

At this event you can find out about all funding and grants available, as well as understand which are most suited to your research or innovation, enabling you to apply with confidence.

Specialists from the Innovate UK family of services will be on hand to provide expert guidance and practical information to help seek funding to support market feasibility and technical development projects with international appeal.

Book your place here.

If you are unable to attend the Manchester event other dates and venues around the country are also available.

Meet in Italy for Life Sciences 

11-13 October 2017, Turin

This free brokerage event will bring together firms, researchers, start-ups and investors interested in new opportunities for technological, scientific and business collaboration. Further information, can be found in the attached flyer and at the event website.

German business and university delegation

 8-10 November 2017, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester 

These free to attend events will have a focus area on life sciences and medical technology as well as creative and digital industries and offers attendees the opportunity to meet and discuss potential commercial and/or technology collaborations. Further information can be found here.

Right Meds, Right Time 

by Richard Harding

Nine steps to finding the right TAIL - Technology Assisted Independent Living - to support people to take the right medications at home (a guide for commissioners and SMEs).

Taking medication incorrectly has been shown to adversely affect an individual's health and independence as well as result in significant costs to the health and social care system.

Potential cost savings can amount to over £0.5 million per year in just one local authority per user, without including the cost of hospital admissions resulting from overdose. Technology in homes such as automatic medication dispensers can help; but how do we pick the right technology for the job?


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