Healthcare project to help
SMEs across the City Region
LIVERPOOL City Region businesses could
benefit from a £3.5milion project aimed at helping small and medium sized
businesses develop innovative products and services for the health and care
Businesses will be able to gain access to a raft of support from the project
called:- 'Health Enterprise Hub – Innovation Exchange,' which is funded through the
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The project, which will run for 3 years, builds on collaborations that have been
established across business, university and NHS communities, bringing together
key stakeholders in the life science sector.
As part of the Liverpool City Regions' Local Growth Hub, SME's will be able to access healthcare professionals, universities and other
relevant businesses to help them throughout their innovation processes,
connecting them to relevant expertise and assisting them in taking their
innovation and services from concept to market.
Dr Andrew Rose Sector Manager, Life Sciences and Health for Liverpool City
Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said:- "Liverpool City Region is
particularly strong in Health & Life Science and we are positioning ourselves as
the best place in the UK for healthcare innovation. To ensure we capitalise on
this we need to provide support, guidance, opportunity and time for businesses
to develop in this growing sector. The Innovation Exchange Programme will,
though our Local Growth Hub, offer companies and entrepreneurs the
sector-specific support they need."
Events (including hackathons), meetings and focus groups will also take place to
bring the needs of health and social care professionals and patients, carers and
members of the public together with SMEs to develop solutions and scale up
existing solutions to healthcare.
NHS Liverpool CCG Senior Manager for Digital Care and Innovation Dave Horsfield,
said:- "It is fantastic to have both the city region NHS and universities
partnering with industry. It means that our local health services and
practitioners will be co-creating innovative products and services; which
ultimately benefits both businesses and citizens. Opening doors for local
businesses will bring huge benefits to our health and care sector which has a
rich tradition of innovation."
Businesses can access the Local Growth Hub at localgrowthhub.com or on Twitter @localgrowthhub
and LinkedIn Local Growth Hub.