Greater Manchester Research and Innovation Health Accelerator

Greater Manchester Research and Innovation Health Accelerator

New Greater Manchester health accelerator programme invites innovative companies to collaborate with NHS and research organisations

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A new accelerator programme is inviting SMEs to collaborate with Greater Manchester’s research and innovation institutions to support the development of innovative health and care products.

The Research and Innovation (R&I) Health Accelerator is open to companies looking to accelerate commercialisation of their product or service into the health and care system.

By leveraging Greater Manchester’s specialist translational research capacity and world-class health science assets, the accelerator aims to support the introduction of new health and care innovations, establish effective partnerships and support the growth of the region’s life sciences sector.

The project is led by Health Innovation Manchester (HInM), the organisation responsible for accelerating innovation in Greater Manchester’s health and care system, in partnership with The University of Manchester (UoM), Manchester City CouncilBionow and The University of Manchester Innovation Factory. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

As part of the R&I Health Accelerator, SMEs will be able to access expertise and support to help progress their products and services towards adoption and commercialisation in the health and care system. Support could include information about navigating the health and care system, developing value propositions, ethics & regulatory advice and access to university-wide expertise.

There will also be opportunities to build lasting research collaborations between SMEs, researchers, Greater Manchester universities, NHS organisations and the broader health innovation community. These collaborations will be used to share knowledge, address the barriers to adoption and co-develop proposals for research and development projects.

The programme, which is open now and will run until June 2023, will engage with SMEs across a range of health and care products and services, but with a particular focus on AI & digital technologies, medical devices, biosensors, genomics & precision medicine, diagnostics, bio pharmaceuticals, and applications of advanced materials.

For more information about how to apply visit the GM Research and Innovation Accelerator webpage.