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Business Connect News         January 2019


AHSNs to help accelerate healthcare innovations


The Innovation Agency and fellow Academic Health Science Networks have been highlighted as key players in speeding up the adoption of innovations in the NHS. They are named in the NHS Long Term Plan as partners in spreading innovations in their regions and supporting service improvement, with a vote of confidence underlined by a guarantee of funding for AHSNs until 2023. More…

Cheshire product designers develop positive mental health app

A product design company in Chester has been awarded funding to develop a voice-operated app to treat anxiety in young people. Cadscan was awarded a contract through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare to develop Phobot, providing interventions that support positive mental health. More...

Evidence standards framework for digital health technologies 

The National Institute for Health Care Excellence (NICE) and partners have developed standards to ensure new technologies are clinically effective and offer economic value. The aim of these standards is to make it easier for innovators and commissioners to understand what good levels of evidence for digital healthcare technologies look like, while meeting the needs of the health and care system, patients, and users. 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



Health, wellbeing and the environment: opportunities and challenges
28 January, Liverpool

Join the Innovation Agency in helping to launch Liverpool City Region's Year of the Environment with an event focused on using the environment to improve health and wellbeing. The aim is to promote the region's 'blue and green' assets - coast, river, parks and woodlands - as well as some of the fantastic activities which support good health. We will also be looking at how place based care teams across Cheshire and Merseyside can respond to the challenge of how we use our environment for health. More...

You Can Export: an introduction to export market research
30 January, Accrington

Marketing research is the first and one of the most vital steps for any organisation considering entering a new market. This intensive half-day course is an invaluable introduction to the process of planning and conducting marketing research overseas, and is designed to train individuals in the important discipline and practice of market research. More...

NHS Supply Chain Supplier Relationship Management 
6 February, Manchester

Following on from recent successful SRM events, the SRM team plan to host a series of regional SME engagement sessions in February 2019. These sessions, dedicated to the broad and important SME sector, offer SMEs the opportunity of learning more about the new procurement operating model, how to engage with the model and to ask specific questions that they may have in relation to challenges, uncertainties or experiences to date. More...

Funding – Liverpool SME workshop
7 February, Liverpool

Are you a small or medium enterprise that would like help navigating the funding landscape? This workshop will focus on which funding type is right for your business needs. It will include sessions on which funding pots are available to you as an SME and advice on how to write a compelling funding bid. More...

The commercial opportunities and challenges of doing business with the NHS
12 February, Preston

Does your business have an ambition to sell its products and services to the NHS? Or maybe you haven't considered the NHS as a target market for growth before? This roundtable event is a partnership between the Innovation Agency, an NHS organisation whose job it is to support SMEs in doing business with the NHS, and Lancashire Business View, which promotes trade in the county. More...

Northern Powerhouse tech trade mission to India
17-23 February, Bangalore and Mumbai

India is an emerging tech powerhouse and is the world’s second largest smartphone market and on course to become the second largest market for IT. The trade mission is ideal for innovative and future tech companies comprising of: Mobility, Cloud/Data-Centres, AI, VR, Big Data, and various other cutting-edge technology companies, providing new and innovative tech solutions across various sectors. More...

Digital Health Product Forge
21-24 February, Edinburgh

This four day event will unite entrepeneurs, health professionals and the tech community to create digital products that will tackle some of the world's biggest health issues. The entrepeneurs, intrapeneurs, technologists and health experts attending Digital Health Product Forge will be spending 75 hours developing ideas into products that tackle the hard problems of health. More...

Excel in Health programme
26 February, 12 March, 26 March, Daresbury

The Excel in Health programme is a series of business workshops run in partnership by the Innovation Agency and Health Innovation Manchester to support health businesses in Cheshire. The programme includes three sessions focussed on understanding the NHS as a market place, developing your innovation for business and funding and pitching.  More...

World Healthcare Congress Europe
5-7 March, Manchester
The World Healthcare Congress Europe (WHCE) convenes decision-makers from all sectors of healthcare to develop partnerships to transform the delivery, affordability, and quality of healthcare. The Innovation Agency will be leading two sessions at the conference: Innovation SLAM, giving entrepreneurs and innovators the opportunity to present to future customers and other leading stakeholders in health and life sciences; and a Business Partnering session, providing an opportunity to gain exclusive insights from innovation experts and health and care decision-makers. More...

Sci-Tech Daresbury North West university fair
21 March, Daresbury
This event is specifically designed to help technology companies better understand the breadth of support available to them from regional universities and how they can best take advantage of this. The event will include a short session highlighting four company case studies through a combination of interview and expert panel, and an exhibition enabling you to meet with representatives from 10 regional universities as well as Innovate UK/Knowledge Transfer Network to get information on grant funding opportunities.  More...

ECO 18: Innovating to meet NHS and social care workforce challenges
27 March, TBC
Join the Innovation Agency for our 18th Digital Ecosystem event where we will focus on the vast array of digital technology that promises to change the way we deliver care and manage workforce logistics. It is part of our series of events to promote digital innovation in health and care, run in partnership with the ECH Alliance. More...

Awards and funding opportunities


Wellcome Trust Innovator Awards

These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health. Awards of up to £500,000 are available, or up to £750,000 for multidisciplinary collaborations. You can apply online at any time. More...

The Scaleup Programme: supporting 30 companies for rapid growth

Funded by Innovate UK and delivered by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), the Scaleup Programme supports a select group of companies on a journey to exponential growth. The programme is looking for innovative, ambitious, high-growth oriented companies who are already on their scaling journey, whose innovations and/or business models can disrupt an existing market, and who are establishing or already implementing their international markets strategy.  More...

Testing new medical technologies in the NHS: apply for funding

Innovate UK and the Office for Life Sciences (OLS) are working in partnership to invest up to £1.5 million in business projects that support the development of new medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology. Funding will support either the development or design of plans for collection of data on clinical performance and cost effectiveness, or studies that actually collect the data. The deadline for applications is 30 January. More...

€2 million Horizon Prize for better mobility of older people

The aim of this contest is to develop innovative and sustainable mobility solutions for senior citizens (65+). This will help to combat social exclusion and support independent living. The €2 million prize will be awarded, after the closure of the contest, to the applicant who in the opinion of the jury demonstrates a solution that best addresses the award criteria. The solutions submitted for this Horizon Prize must be implemented for several months during the contest period. Submissions will be accepted until 28 February and the prize will be awarded later in the year. More...
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