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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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Launch of the META Tool

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

Location: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Place, London, NW1 4RG 

Date: Monday 3rd July 2017 

Time: Doors open at 14:45 for registration and coffee 

The event will start at 15:15 with a welcome address from Sir Andrew Dillon, Chief Executive of NICE, then you will learn: 

  • how and why META (MedTech Early Technical Assessment) came into being 
  • how the Tool looks and functions 
  • how we plan to make it available to medtech developers and consultants 
  • how we will provide training 

During the panel discussion, you will hear from product developers and licensees who have been through the META development process with us. They will share their experience and take your questions. 

A networking session, supported by wine and canapés will give you an opportunity to discover META for yourselves at the display stations with the help from the members of the Scientific Advice Team. 

We look forward to sharing an exciting afternoon with you! 

The event closes at 19:00. 

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