Report of the Greater Manchester Connected Health Ecosystem 1st 2021 Gathering

27 January 2021

The first Greater Manchester Connected Health Ecosystem of the year was hosted by the University of Manchester’s Digital Futures and Health Innovation Manchester on Thursday 21st January 2021. 

The meeting focussed on two upcoming opportunities for funded support and collaboration for companies involved in health innovation – particularly in digital health: Health Innovation Manchester’s Research & Innovation Health Accelerator, and a ‘sandpit’ event hosted by the University of Manchester’s Institute for Data Science and AI in partnership with the Alan Turing Institute.

Daniel Zamora gave a presentation on the Research & Innovation Health Accelerator led by Health Innovation Manchester, the organisation responsible for boosting innovation in Greater Manchester’s health and care system. The Accelerator will be delivered in partnership with the University of Manchester, Manchester City Council, Bionow and The University of Manchester Innovation Factory (UMIF). Open to SMEs in Greater Manchester looking to accelerate their products or services into the healthcare field, opportunities range from targeted support in navigating markets to collaboration with University of Manchester academics to develop new products and services.

Professor Chris Taylor then spoke about the four ‘sandpit’ events being hosted by the University of Manchester’s Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI) in partnership with the Alan Turing Institute in March 2021. One of the sandpits will focus on Health and Care Innovation based on Data Science and AI, with others on Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Clean Growth, and Digital Transformation. Funding is available to support collaborative feasibility studies (£10k-£15k) co-developed at the sandpit events. Find out more and register your interest here.

The speakers’ presentations are now available on our website, along with a recording of the meeting.

Details of our next Greater Manchester Connect Health Ecosystem meeting will be announced soon.

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