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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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Invitation to ‘Meet the NIA’

Find out all you need to know about the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) by coming along to one of our ‘Meet the NIA’ information events.


Wednesday 28 June 2017

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-the-nia-manchester-tickets-35258747864



Monday 3 July 2017

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-the-nia-london-tickets-35258921383


‘Meet the NIA’ gives you the opportunity to:

  • Hear more about the 2017 Call, including details of the application process
  • Find out about the benefits of being an NIA Fellow
  • Meet the NIA Team, including Programme Director and Co-Founder, Dr Amanda Begley
  • Learn what makes for a strong scaling plan
  • Access insight and learning from the NIA
  • Ask 2015 and 2016 Fellows about their experiences and progress made in scaling their innovations across the NHS and wider healthcare system

Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register today to confirm your place.

Who should sign up to these events?

This event will be useful for anyone considering applying for the 2017 NIA.


For 2017, the NIA is seeking local, national and international innovations that address the following NHS priorities:


  • Mental Health
  • Urgent and Emergency Care
  • Primary Care

You can be the inventor of your innovation, the lead for it within your organisation or simply the representative of an innovation you find compelling, and as such, wish to scale it across the NHS. Applicants, nationally and internationally, can be clinicians; academics; from a public-sector, charitable or not-for-profit organisation; from a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME); from a large corporate.


For more information visit www.nhsaccelerator.com/apply

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.

Are you an innovator in the NHS or academia?

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