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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). 

 

INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP WILL BE A KEY COMPONENT OF HOW HEALTH SYSTEMS WILL IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES FOR THE POPULATIONS THEY SERVE

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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BioCap 2017 - Call for Company Pitches Competition

The sixth annual BioCap Conference, will bring together international investors, companies who are seeking finance and those who have a track record of raising finance.

i4i Connect: funding for SMEs to accelerate medical technology development

The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme is launching a new funding stream - i4i Connect - aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in need of a funding boost to reach their next stage in the development pathway.

Nightingale - H2020

Nightingale H2020 - can you help improve patient monitoring to save lives?

Launch of the META Tool

NICE Scientific Advice and Greater Manchester AHSN are welcoming you to the launch of the META Tool!

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.

NHS Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP)

In his speech at last week's NHS Confederation Conference, Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, announced the launch of the NHS Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP). This programme builds on the Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT) which went live on 1 April 2017.

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.

SBRI Healthcare announces details of next competition focused on cancer diagnosis, treatment and care

SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England funded initiative led by the Academic Health Science Networks to develop technology solutions for known healthcare challenges. The next funding round focuses on finding innovative solutions with the ability to transform screening, accelerated diagnosis and...

New funding opportunities for healthcare companies in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GM AHSN) has announced it will re-open its three funding streams to provide support to innovative healthcare practices that address the health and social care needs of the city region.

Wellcome Trust Innovator Funds

The Wellcome Trust is offering up to £500,000 to researchers who are developing healthcare innovations that could make a major impact on human health.

MIMIT FORUM: Innovation Opportunities

MIMIT (Manchester: Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology) is offering innovators a chance to work on solutions to REAL Clinical Needs Projects to be presented at this Forum: Safer and more accurate ways to locate the trachea (windpipe) when inserting tracheostomy tubes ...

Corporation Pop receive funding from Nominet Trust for augmented reality hospital app

Nominet Trust has awarded £50,000 to Corporation Pop, a GM AHSN supported SME, through its seventh round of Social Tech Seed funding.

How to develop evidence and commissioning for your medical device

Are you: A Medical or Health Technology Small to Medium Enterprise?  Wanting your devices to be trialled or evaluated?  Unsure on how to get your products procured by the NHS? If so, the North West Surgical Trials Centre, in collaboration with both the Greater...

NIHR Child Prosthetics Industry Collaboration Survey

On the 20th September 2016 the Department of Health announced a total of £1.5M funding for child prosthetic research and technology. The national Child Prosthetics Research Collaboration will bring together clinicians, academics and industry partners so that innovations and research into child...

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund Briefing

Join us to hear more about the £400m of finance available for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the North working in the Health Care Sector.

New call for proposals: Use of Wearable and Sensor Technology and the Internet of Things for Healthcare

This call is a part of a programme of support for research and innovation that is operated by the Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust (CMFT)'s Research and Innovation Division and is part of delivering the trust's overall research strategy.

SBRI Healthcare supports novel technologies that aim to revolutionise primary care and GP services

AHSNs are co-developing novel technologies for primary care as part of its SBRI Healthcare programme. Innovations that could revolutionise GP Services have been funded to address the challenges of an ageing population.

Innovate UK Biomedical Catalyst 2017 Round 2 Late Stage Announced

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £12 million to develop innovative ideas that will help solve healthcare challenges.

New opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises in Greater Manchester and East Cheshire

Working in partnership with the GM Business Growth Hub and the Innovation Agency (North West Coast AHSN), Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GM AHSN) is helping Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to do business with the NHS.

BRIDGING THE GAP: 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.

Supporting a digital solution to diabetes foot health

Entec Health Ltd, a Surrey-based healthcare innovation company, has successfully engaged via GM AHSN’s Innovation Nexus with two lead clinicians at Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust (CMFT).

MAHSE launches its Service Improvement & Innovation Fellowships

The Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) is now accepting applications for its Service Improvement and Innovation Fellowships scheme which is aimed at healthcare science staff from all disciplines in the North West region.

Early Diagnosis Industry Challenge - 22 February to 30 March 2017

The national Cancer Vanguard recently launched a unique and innovative opportunity for a select group of industry, academic or third sector partners to work on a project improving the early diagnosis of cancer.

Pressures in Acute Sector are target for SBRI Healthcare funding

£700K investment in innovations that target hospital efficiency

SBRI Healthcare Looks to Improve Young Lives

£900K awarded to develop innovations that support self-care and independence in children with long term conditions

The North of England Life Sciences Accelerator

The North of England Life Sciences Accelerator (NELSA) is looking for early stage businesses & those with a business idea in the life science and healthcare sector.

Innovative British healthcare companies invited to take part in Texas ‘medtech’ mission

Pioneering UK healthcare companies keen to develop or strengthen partnerships in Texas are being urged to take part in the next medtech mission to the state.

GM AHSN is recruiting a Commercial Programme Manager

Specifically this post will provide business support to SMEs across East Cheshire, as part of a 3 year business support programme funded by European Regional Development Funds.

Innovation Nexus recognised for excellence in supporting life science businesses

Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GM AHSN) has been honoured with Bionow’s 2016 Business Services Award for its Innovation Nexus service which provides healthcare SMEs with and advice and support to help them introduce their innovative solutions to the NHS.

GM AHSN's Innovation Nexus makes shortlist for 15th annual Bionow Awards

The outstanding Northern life science and biomedical companies and projects of 2016 have been announced on a shortlist for the annual Bionow Awards, which take place on November 24.

GM AHSN's Innovation Funds and other opportunities

Following our “New Funding & Development Opportunities for Innovators” event, held this week (November 8) at the Nowgen Centre, Manchester, we are pleased to announce that our Ignite and Momentum funds are now open for applications.

New funding and development opportunities for innovators

We are holding an event, on November 8th, for Greater Manchester-based innovators - from industry, academic and clinical backgrounds - which will give an overview of the latest opportunities for funding and development we are offering.

Mobilise the NHS - November 2016 & January 2017

Mobilise the NHS brings together NHS clinical staff and small digital companies to jointly design software applications that solve clinical and care problems.

Six local health innovators benefit from new Innovation Funds.

We are pleased to announce the successful companies and innovators in the first round of our new Innovation Funds.

SBRI Healthcare Awards £4 Million to Support Older People with Complex Health Needs

Five exciting innovations receive the financial backing of NHS England in competition seeking solutions for positive ageing.

Funding for innovations to help transform general practice of the future

SBRI Healthcare is delivered collaboratively by NHS England and the AHSN Network to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs. The autumn funding competition is now open for applications.

SBRI - Annual Review

The Small Business Research Initiative - SBRI Healthcare - launched their annual review at this year's NHS Expo. The report sets out the impact of the programme over the year but also provides a summary of the outcomes achieved in the period of the AHSN leadership (approx. four years). It...

Corporation Pop and Lucid Group Limited secure Pitch to TITCH innovation funding to work with NHS to improve care for sick children

The funding will be used to drive forward the development of: a virtual guide to reduce anxiety for children visiting hospital; and a new device aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment for children suffering from faecal incontinence.

NHS Salford CCG are looking to fund evaluations of digital health innovations

NHS Salford CCG has a fund of £450,000 to identify and evaluate digital health solutions that could help improve the services they deliver in the community.

New funding available for innovators trying to make a difference in healthcare.

We are pleased to announce three new funding opportunities for SMEs, academics and NHS innovators working in this region.

Futuristic Flyers for the NHS

A partnership between the NHS and an innovative design agency is set to change the way patients with chronic lung conditions receive education and information.

Ask the Buyer

We are inviting local healthcare businesses to attend a free event where they can ask senior NHS buyers questions about supplying goods and services into the NHS.

ZedScan™ delivers significant increase in HG CIN detection rates across all high risk HPV positive women

A review into the management of more than 800 women referred to an NHS colposcopy clinic who were positive for high risk HPV (hrHPV) has revealed a substantial increase in detection of high grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (HG CIN) following the adoption of ZedScan into routine use.

Pitch to TITCH - seeking innovative solutions for paediatric unmet needs

Are you an innovator with a solution to an unmet paediatric need? Then look no further! Following the success of our recent Pitch to TITCH event, delivered in partnership with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and Greater Manchester Academic Health Science...

TITCH Workshop Overview

Following on from an event held in Sheffield in December 2015, the TITCH Manchester workshop took place on March 2nd, 2016, at Citylabs.

Funding Boost for Urgent and Emergency Care Services From SBRI Healthcare

£1.3 million awarded to develop innovative new technologies that reduce pressures on A&E

Greater Manchester AHSN has been jointly leading this call with SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products that address unmet health needs, to develop...

The good news about NHS procurement

Nick Allen is procurement advisor for GM AHSN, where he puts more than 30 years of NHS experience to use, helping companies get their products into public sector healthcare.

More success for Zilico

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) is the latest organistation to adopt Zilico's pioneering innovation - ZedScan™ - to improve the speed and accuracy in diagnosing pre-cancerous conditions of the cervix.

1,000 patient case study published for ZedScan™

Zilico Ltd has published a 1,000 patient case study for its cervical cancer diagnostic system, ZedScan™.

The patient review in to the routine use of ZedScan as an adjunct to colposcopy has revealed that the technology significantly increases the rate of detection of high grade cervical...

Senior citizens in Manchester play computer games to prevent falls

Neighbours Joy (80) and Bert (90) who live in Sale, Manchester, have been keeping active by trialling new computer games designed specifically to prevent older people suffering falls, called Exergames.

TITCH Innovation Workshop

National healthcare technology network, TITCH, are working with GM AHSN and CMFT to run an afternoon workshop on improving children's healthcare.

Technology Innovation Challenge call now open!

Calling all innovators! GM AHSN is once again working with MIMIT, to fund companies developing products and solutions to unmet healthcare needs.

Happy Birthday to our Innovation Nexus!

Our Innovation Nexus - www.intohealth.org is one year old this week! We launched the Nexus last October to provide support to medtech and healthcare SMEs in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and East Cheshire. And our first year has been a great success! Did you know that: ...

Our support for SMEs and focus on increasing NHS procurement spend on SMEs is featured in the HSJ

One of the core objectives of AHSNs is the creation of wealth through the spread of new products and services, which at Greater Manchester AHSN, we are addressing in part with a programme of support for local SMEs.

Greater Manchester AHSN to jointly lead latest SBRI Healthcare call for innovative projects to reduce pressure on urgent and emergency care

SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs, today announced the launch of its latest clinically-led competition which aims to help develop solutions that improve patients’ lives and support NHS efficiency.

UK’s Minister for Life Sciences celebrates the success of GM AHSN’s Innovation Nexus

Speaking at the Health & Social Care Expo in Manchester last week, Minster George Freeman spoke of the current opportunities and challenges facing the NHS.

Innovation Nexus support Med-Tech companies move to Manchester

Innovation Nexus has supported several med-tech companies to open offices and laboratories in the North West over the last few months.

GM AHSN supports £1m leveraged funding for SMEs

SMEs are benefiting from £1 million funding leveraged through GM AHSN’s work, which is directly leading to job creation for the local area.

Manchester first to adopt Congenica’s SapientiaTM technology

Manchester is to become the first NHS genetics service in the country to use genome DNA sequence analysis supported by SapientiaTM, a technology developed by UK company Congenica; a recent spinout from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

GM AHSN secures 2nd big win in supporting a local company win NHS Contract

Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network has secured a second big win in supporting a Manchester-based company with a three-year contract with the NHS.

Event: Joint EFGCP-MedTech Europe conference, London, June 2015

This Joint EFGCP-MedTech Europe conference will explore existing best practices and forthcoming changes in the clinical development of medical devices. Through dialogue between regulators, patients, healthcare professionals, CROs and industry, the event will provide early insight into the future...

Spreading innovation to improve patient care

GM AHSN is providing funding to enable a local SME to engage with Fracture Liaison Services across the area.

BSI publishes a code of practice for health and wellness apps

BSI has published a code of practice which defines a set of quality criteria for the development, testing and releasing of health and wellness apps.

Healthcare Innovations: Protect Your Intellectual Property

You can use IPR to protect your ideas, trade secrets and creations – and your business’ growth. Want to know more? Check out our latest infographic:

Showcase opportunities for small companies – sponsored by Oxford AHSN

Showcase opportunities for small companies are available at BioTrinity, a major partnering and investor conference sponsored by Oxford AHSN which takes place in London on 11-13 May. The showcase involves an eight-minute pitch setting out the business opportunity and support needed. Showcase...

Excellence in Supply Awards

Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network is jointly sponsoring this year's NHS North West Procurement Development Excellence in Supply Awards, along with North West Coast Academic Health Science Network.

Cut the time it takes to access funding

It is likely that there is the perfect funding package out there, which will help you develop your healthcare innovation or even carry it through the final stages as you take the product to market.

NICE briefing to speed up innovation and adoption

NICE has developed a Medtech Innovation Briefing on Zilico Ltd’s Cervical Cancer Diagnostic System, ZedScan.
GM AHSN played a crucial role in helping Zilico to secure it's first NHS contract for the ZedScan system.

IN The Times

Our support for businesses wanting to work with the NHS is featured in the latest edition of The Times Business Insight: <   >

Search for pioneering healthcare innovators

GM AHSN is delighted to be partnering in the new NHS Innovation Accelerator programme launched by NHS England.

Why do business in Greater Manchester?

Look at our infographic about what makes Manchester the best place for companies:  

Support to SMEs pays off

Support provided by Greater Manchester AHSN through the NHS procurement system has helped Zilico secure a contract for its ZedScan™ system.

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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