April 2016

Open call for EIT Health Accelerator

Open call for EIT Health Accelerator

29 April 2016

The EIT Health Accelerator creates an ecosystem where innovation can thrive. The EIT Health Accelerator is now officially open for novel activity and programme proposals, and partners are invirted to submit proposals for launching new Accelerator activities and programmes in the EIT Health Accelerator 2017, and apply for EIT grant contributions to support their implementation.

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Find out the latest successes of the "Midlands Engine"

Find out the latest successes of the

28 April 2016

An update on an ambitious plan to make the Midlands an engine of growth is now available. The Midlands Engine was unveiled in December 2015 and brings together 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) with their plan to boost productivity, attract inward investment, increase connectivity and build a regional tourism offer.

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Funded healthcare PhD studentships available at Keele University

Funded healthcare PhD studentships available at Keele University

28 April 2016

Keele University is currently advertising for a number of PhD studentships in healthcare, available from October 2016 and including fees bursary and stipend. The PhD projects are hosted within The Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, the largest and most successful research institute at Keele University.

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Mercia partners with AHSN on new West Midlands healthcare innovation fund

Mercia partners with AHSN on new West Midlands healthcare innovation fund

27 April 2016

Mercia Fund Management, a leading investment business in UK innovation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercia Technologies PLC, is collaborating with the WMAHSN to help build and support healthcare start-ups across the West Midlands. The new SME Innovation Fund aims to grow spin-outs to improve healthcare services across the NHS, particularly those in line with the WMAHSN’s core strategic priorities; advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine; mental health: recovery, crisis and prevention; long-term conditions; and wellness and the prevention of illness.

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West Midlands winners crowned at Medilink UK Awards

West Midlands winners crowned at Medilink UK Awards

26 April 2016

Life sciences and healthcare companies from around the West Midlands took home a clutch of prizes at the 2016 Medilink UK Awards recently. Held at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena as part of the Med-Tech Innovation Expo on 20 April, the Medilink UK Awards celebrate the pinnacle of new technologies, outstanding business achievements and international success across the sector throughout the past year.

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MHRA seeks industry volunteers to shape internal and customer-facing processes for medical devices

MHRA seeks industry volunteers to shape internal and customer-facing processes for medical devices

25 April 2016

As part of a wider digital transformation programme, the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is looking to redesign internal and customer-facing processes for medical devices. MHRA is very keen to ensure that external user needs are at the forefront of these plans. To this end, they are looking for industry volunteers who currently use MHRA portals and guidance for device registration and CFS to input into research.

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Business Engagement Manager for life sciences sought at Birmingham Research Park

Business Engagement Manager for life sciences sought at Birmingham Research Park

25 April 2016

Do you have a passion for life sciences, and a proven track record in selling essential support or services to businesses? Alta Innovations, the wholly owned technology transfer company of the University of Birmingham, is seeking a dynamic and outgoing person to take the lead in promoting the new business support programme to life sciences SMEs and then to engage with these businesses to ensure they access and benefit from the support and resources available.

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Three million patients benefit from new innovations with pioneering NHS programme

Three million patients benefit from new innovations with pioneering NHS programme

20 April 2016

Three million patients have begun to access new apps, safety devices, online networks and a host of other new technologies and services during the first nine months of a pioneering NHS programme. The NHS Innovation Accelerator programme was launched last year to help introduce new innovations into the NHS and its success after just nine months was highlighted at the UK eHealth week conference this week.

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WMAHSN Celebration of Innovation Awards are now open!

WMAHSN Celebration of Innovation Awards are now open!

19 April 2016

The WMAHSN has announced that entries for its very first awards, celebrating innovation in healthcare across the West Midlands, are now open. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the WMAHSN's annual stakeholder event in June, and reflect the WMAHSN's priorities and themes. There are also special awards for innovative individuals and organisations.

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Free online course on Clinical Bioinformatics: Unlocking Genomics in Healthcare

Free online course on Clinical Bioinformatics: Unlocking Genomics in Healthcare

18 April 2016

The course will illustrate how the discipline of clinical bioinformatics provides an important bridge between the cutting edge science and delivery of genomic medicine in clinical practice. Through a range of case studies and interviews, the course allows learners to experience the world of a clinical bioinformatician and brings sequencing techniques and data analysis processes to life.

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Healthy living and active ageing summer schools across Europe now open for applications

Healthy living and active ageing summer schools across Europe now open for applications

18 April 2016

The EIT Health KIC project has announced details of three forthcoming summer schools in locations across Europe. The schools are for postgraduate students and interested professionals in health. There are scholarships available to cover most costs for students from EIT Health partners.

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Royal College of GPs produces mental health toolkit

Royal College of GPs produces mental health toolkit

18 April 2016

Approximately a quarter of all people will experience a mental health problem in the course of a year, and 23 out of 30 who experience mental health problems will visit their GP. Accessible, high-quality primary care is vital to keeping patients healthy for longer, and a holistic approach is required promoting mental health equally and in partnership with physical health. To this end, the Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a toolkit to support GPs in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems.

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WMAHSN programme findings on trust boards' understanding of quality and safety performance measures published in leading journal

WMAHSN programme findings on trust boards' understanding of quality and safety performance measures published in leading journal

15 April 2016

The findings of a WMAHSN-supported programme which seeks to understand control charts - a graphical method that can be used to display hospital safety and quality performance measures - and how they might aid hospital board members' decision-making have been published in an esteemed journal. The article from the programme team investigated whether data in NHS acute trust board papers are presented in a way that helps board members consider the role of chance in their decisions.

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More start-ups sought for Digital Health quarter of the Serendip® Smart Cities Incubator

More start-ups sought for Digital Health quarter of the Serendip® Smart Cities Incubator

15 April 2016

Digital health start-up businesses who are looking to accelerate their growth are being sought to join others at the Serendip® Digital Health quarter in Birmingham. Part of Innovation Birmingham’s Serendip® Smart Cities Incubator programme, there are four sector-specific ‘quarters’, with the WMAHSN collaborating in the Digital Health quarter. The incubator is based at the new iCentrum® building in Birmingham and co-locates promising start-up businesses with large commercial partners. Two start-ups - Kaido and Data Umbrella - have already moved into the Digital Health quarter of iCentrum, with Surgical Armoury poised to join them soon.

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Pitchfest WM 2016 – the pitching competition that gives entrepreneurs a better chance of winning investment

Pitchfest WM 2016 – the pitching competition that gives entrepreneurs a better chance of winning investment

8 April 2016

Applications are still open for Pitchfest WM 2016 – the pitching competition that gives entrepreneurs a better chance of winning investment. Fifteen of the region’s most scalable businesses are already through to the shortlisting panels, with the hope of reaching the competition final at Venturefest West Midlands on Thursday 23 June, but there is still an opportunity for you to join them.

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Up to half a million Euros on offer for innovative healthcare products and services

Up to half a million Euros on offer for innovative healthcare products and services

8 April 2016

The submission process for a European project to enable the rapid market penetration of innovative healthcare products and services is now open. EIT Health KIC is inviting partners to submit proposals for Innovation by Ideas projects, which should build on multidisciplinary collaboration and address and contribute to solving societal challenges such as promoting healthy living, improving healthcare and supporting active ageing.

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€50K up for grabs as EIT Health launches Proof of Concept and Headstart funding applications

€50K up for grabs as EIT Health launches Proof of Concept and Headstart funding applications

8 April 2016

As part of its “Accelerator” activities, EIT Health has launched the application process for funding for emerging companies and SMEs across the UK and Ireland to develop new healthcare products and services. The purpose of the funding is to accelerate market entry and create new economic activity, and applications to support research will be rejected. Seven awards of up to €50K are available across the whole of the UK and Ireland CLC area, across the Proof of Concept and Headstart funding streams.

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Video shows how NHS Pharmacy Teams add years to life and life to years

Video shows how NHS Pharmacy Teams add years to life and life to years

7 April 2016

Satyan Kotecha, a community pharmacist in Warwickshire and Chair of the Local Professional Network for Pharmacy (Arden Hereford and Worcester Area Team), has commissioned a short animated video for use by the NHS. The video, NHS Pharmacy Teams - adding years to life and life to years, shows how pharmacy teams across the NHS - community pharmacists, hospital pharmacists and medicines optimisation pharmacists - support people in England with their healthcare from cradle to grave.

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Digital health start-ups and scale-ups offered support to expand into US market

Digital health start-ups and scale-ups offered support to expand into US market

5 April 2016

The EIT Health GoGlobal DigiHealth internationalisation programme will support European start-ups and scale-ups active in the domain of digital health to expand their activities to the US market. The ideal company should have a proven product, ideally combined with generated revenue or at least one customer in the (home) market. The companies should fit the overall EIT Health thematic scope, ‘Healthy living, active ageing, improved healthcare’.

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