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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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BRIDGING THE GAP: Supporting Child Health Technology Development as a Clinical-Industry Partnership Industrial Collaboration Event

TITCH (Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health) is a national healthcare technology network that has been established to support the development of technology solutions to help improve children’s healthcare.1 

Fundamental to the success of the TITCH network, is being provided with a platform to interact and forge collaborations with Industry, in an area which can present mutually beneficial opportunities for all stakeholders to accelerate the development and adoption of technology for children’s healthcare. 

HOST: Northern Health Science Alliance and TITCH 

LOCATION: University of Liverpool in London, 33 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG 

DATE: 27TH April 2017, 10:00-15:00, Lunch will be provided 

PURPOSE: To bring together key stakeholders to support the development of children's healthcare technology and innovation 

ATTENDEES: TITCH Network Partners, Industry, NHSA MEMBERS, NIHR HTCs and DEC, AHSNs, NOCRI, CRN-Children, UCL-Partners, Birmingham Health Partners, NHS Trusts, Medilink, Medipex, TrustTECH, MedConnect North, NHS Innovation Accelerator, NIHR i4i and other relevant stakeholders 


  • Professor Paul Dimitri, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Prof Heather Elphick, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Matthew Hallsworth, Head of External Relations at NOCRI 
  • Mr Iain Hennessey, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Karen Livingstone, SBRI Healthcare 
  • Raffaella Roncone, NIHR i4i 
  • Dr Hakim Yadi, NHSA 


The event will be opened by Dr. Hakim Yadi. Prof. Paul Dimitri will set the scene for the day, presenting the importance of the development and adoption of technology to support children’s healthcare. Invited speakers will present on their experience of technology development in the NHS , emphasising the support provided. This will be followed by four roundtable discussions led by facilitators, to understand the barriers in developing technology for children’s healthcare, and to determine how we can establish a pipeline to accelerate paediatric technology development, clinical evaluation and adoption in the NHS. 

TITCH October 2016 Progress Report 

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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