Health is critical to our wellbeing as individuals, plays a key role in societal and economic advances, and presents many opportunities for environmental impact. Innovations in health & care allow us to alleviate suffering, increase quality of life and life expectancy, and manage the needs of a changing and ageing population.
Our current focus in this area
The digital health and care sub-sector is characterised by a large number of small companies developing technology across the health spectrum.
The medicines sector is characterised by a few large pharmaceutical companies and a large number of SME biotech companies.
Medical technologies touch all of our lives – from pregnancy testing and ultrasound scans before birth; through wound care products for childhood injuries; to diagnostic imaging systems and therapeutic implants for disease in adults.
From bioelectronic medicine that treat chronic diseases, to brain-computer interfaces that help stroke rehabilitation, neurotechnology will play an increasingly important role in meeting some of the challenges of an ageing society.
Precision Medicine aims to target the right drug, to the right patient, at the right dose and the right time. Precision Medicine is a cutting-edge field of innovation that improves disease outcome by tailoring treatments to characteristics of patients.
The Microbiome Innovation Network (formerly SIG) aims to accelerate the commercialisation of microbiome-based products and services in the UK and create a vibrant community by connecting industry and academia.
The application of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning to the field of health represents a major opportunity for the UK. AI is a powerful tool that can be applied across industry sectors to solve specific challenges. The application of these tools in Health requires a mutual understanding between the AI and Health communities.
Launchpad: health technology, West Yorkshire
Opens: 30/10/2023 Closes: 13/12/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2m to grow activities in the health technology innovation cluster in West Yorkshire.
Launchpad: life & health sciences, Northern Ireland
Opens: 30/10/2023 Closes: 13/12/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2m for business led projects in the life and health sciences innovation cluster in Northern Ireland.
Transforming Cancer Therapeutics
Opens: 15/11/2023 Closes: 24/01/2024
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £10m to develop next generation immunotherapies for cancer or life-changing treatments for paediatric cancers.
Global Business Innovation Programme in Boston and New York - FemTech
Opens: 21/11/2023 Closes: 26/01/2024
Companies in the FemTech sector are invited to join a market visit to New York and Boston, including the Femtech and Consumer Innovation Summit.
Global Business Innovation Programme in Switzerland - Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
Opens: 07/11/2023 Closes: 12/12/2023
Companies developing innovations to combat Antimicrobial Resistance are invited to join a market visit including the 8th AMR Conference in Switzerland.
BIOREME Study Group: Applications of Mathematics in Respiratory Medicine
Opens: 27/11/2023 Closes: 26/01/2024
BIOREME invite respiratory medicine specialists to submit a challenge for mathematical modelling.
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Gabriela Juarez Martinez
Knowledge Transfer Manager - Pharma & MedTech
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