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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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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 Network, we are delighted to announce a new fund of £50,000 for early stage paediatric projects.

A number of awards will fund individual projects that explore and develop innovations that aim to improve care for children.

Successful projects will validate the clinical need and provide details about the solution, including: how it is an improvement over any other solutions; how many patients it would affect; the current stage of development; and how the solution would be implemented.

Funding could be used for things like development of prototypes, completion of market assessments, running small scale trials and development of business plans.

Solutions to any clinical need will be considered by Pitch to TITCH. Examples of clinical needs identified and discussed at the TITCH workshops at CMFT in March, and Sheffield prior to this, are as follows:

  • Enabling improved medical interventions through technology
  • Improving technology to aid with diagnostics
  • Enabling better child friendly education around health awareness
  • Improving technology to help with self-management of a condition
  • Holistic assessments of a child’s needs
  • Interfaces between clinicians, carers and patients
  • Cloud-based systems for Mental health
  • Primary care diagnosis for osteoporosis
  • Prone positioning devices
  • Implantable incontinence devices.

To Pitch your solution to TITCH, please visit https://gmahsn-colab.fluidreview.com. You will need to register an account and once in the system ‘Create New Submission’ and select ‘Pitch to TITCH’ from the category. 

The closing date for proposals is 9th May 2016 at 9am.