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The challenges we face

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.

a fully funded intensive support programme for life science SMEs working in Greater Manchester

How can the Innovation Nexus help me?

Speak directly to a GM AHSN advisor with NHS expertise

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

Connect you with relevant organisations


Free 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 can give you access a network of specialist advice and support.

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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 Manchester and North West Coast Academic Health Science Networks is holding a must attend event on Friday 23 June, at The Centre at Birchwood Park.

This KEY EVENT will feature informative talks from:

  • NWSTC - Evidence needs and how we can assist with gathering it
  • AHSNs - NHS device procurement and accelerated access to it
  • NICE - How to develop evidence for your product
  • NOCRI - their STEP collaboration with RCSEng and the value it gives
  • INNOVATE UK - Funding and opportunities available to you
  • Surgeons and companies - exemplars of successful collaborations

Plus sessions to discuss trial ideas, the mechanics of setting up studies and networking opportunities.

This is a FREE EVENT, but booking is essential. Parking, lunch and refreshments are included with our compliments. Venue is in Warrington and is conveniently located for motorway and rail networks.

To book a place, email nwstc@liverpool.ac.uk