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Access to the life science market can be a headache for multinational pharma and medical device companies, let alone small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs can face significant challenges to introduce new and innovative products into the health and social care market.

The Innovation Nexus provides a single point of access for SMEs in the life science sector to a network of specialist support within Greater Manchester. 

The Innovation Nexus is a gateway to a holistic business growth support offering, focused on the specialist needs of life science SMEs, delivered through a coherent support strategy and an all-inclusive approach to helping businesses develop their growth strategies. 

The aim of the Innovation Nexus is to deliver long-term health and wealth benefits to Greater Manchester through investment, innovation, education and business growth, ultimately improving the health and wellbeing of the Greater Manchester population (and beyond). 



The challenge for healthcare businesses

Companies, especially SMEs, can face significant challenges to introduce their new and innovative products into the NHS. The complexity of public procurement, patient safety and a risk averse culture across multiple organisations can be daunting. The Innovation Nexus aims to provide a single source of resource that can help companies, particularly SMEs, understand the steps that need to be taken to support their business planning and engage with the NHS more easily, thus progressing the adoption of their innovation at pace and with fewer unanticipated obstacles.

How can the Innovation Nexus help?

Help with navigating NHS procurement

Information about funding and investment

Help with setting up a trial of your innovation

Information on science parks and office locations in the GM AHSN footprint

Connections to organisations that can help you progress your innovation

Speak directly to a GM AHSN advisor with NHS expertise

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ABHI supports MedTech companies keen to forge relationships with California

The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) - the industry association for the MedTech sector in the UK - is leading a mission to California to help British companies forge stronger relationships across the state.

The mission will take place from 23-29 September 2017 and is supported by the UK government. Its purpose is to unlock the significant opportunity in California and create demand for UK products.

The programme has been designed to help UK companies build their network and introduce them to the right organisations and hospital systems to accelerate their growth.

The seven-day trip coincides with The MedTech Conference (previously known as the Advamed conference), the leading conference for MedTech officials in North America.

The ABHI provides assistance for UK companies to export. Much of this activity is delivered through close working with the Department for International Trade and many activities are open to non-members.

Paul Benton, ABHI International Director, said:

“It is a great opportunity for anyone interested in exporting to the region, as well as being a great stepping-stone for companies who simply want to find out more about the area. We are on hand to introduce you to key people and arrange valuable networking opportunities that will hopefully be the start of significant export opportunities within the region.”

Why California?

  • MedTech has highest employment figures in the Californian life sciences sector
  • It also has the second largest number of hospitals in the U.S. and the highest gross patient revenue
  • Nearly half of all biopharmaceutical and medical device venture capital goes to the state
  • California continues to lead the world with the highest number of premier research institutions and is home to 11 of the top 100 universities on the Shanghai Index.

For more information or to book your place email Scarlett O'Sullivan Scarlett.OSullivan@abhi.org.uk  or visit http://www.abhi.org.uk

Bespoke industry support from NHS experts

If you are a business with an innovative product or service that you believe has the potential to benefit the healthcare market, the Innovation Nexus is your gateway to access a network of specialist advice and support.

Find out more about STEP INto Healthcare - an intensive support programme for life science SMEs working in Greater Manchester

Information and guidance

Access information and guidance on a range of topics related to working with and selling to the NHS, and find clear signposts to organisations that can help you achieve your goals.

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