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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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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.

Innovator Awards fund product development for healthcare – examples include therapeutics, vaccines, diagnostics, medical devices, digital technology and regenerative medicine. We support projects ranging from the earliest stages of translational research up to clinical development.

The project you propose must enable your innovation to move on to the next stage of development.

The Wellcome Trust is particularly looking for proposals to solve problems in mental health, neurological disorders or neglected tropical diseases.  They may consider proposals outside these areas, but you will need to contact them first.

Proposals will be accepted from individuals and teams anywhere in the world, working in any discipline (not just the life and medical sciences), from academic, not-for-profit and commercial organisations.

Partnerships between different kinds of organisations and across disciplines are especially encouraged.

To find out more and apply.