2:00 pm - 3:45 pm

ERDF R&I Health Accelerator – Academic Showcase


Join us on Wednesday 24th February 2021 from 2pm for our Academic Showcase Zoom webinar where we will hear from a wide range of colleagues from The University of Manchester, The University of Salford, Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Bolton.


Our academic colleagues will be giving an insight into their expertise, services and facilities; from 3D printing and brain stimulation to digital society and more. Our aim is to provide you, the SME, with a broader knowledge of the research and services available through academic institutions and the new ways in which they are coming together to support local innovation and commercialisation.


The Research and Innovation (R&I) Health Accelerator is a new ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) part-funded project delivered by Health Innovation Manchester, The University of Manchester, The University of Manchester Innovation Factory, Manchester City Council and Bionow.


The project invites SMEs to collaborate with Greater Manchester’s research and innovation institutions to accelerate development and improve commercialisation of innovative healthcare products and services within life sciences. SMEs will be able to access expertise and support including information about navigating the health and care system, developing value propositions, ethics & regulatory advice and access to university-wide expertise.


There will also be opportunities to build lasting research collaborations with researchers, Greater Manchester universities, NHS organisations and the broader health innovation community. These collaborations will be used to share knowledge, address the barriers to adoption and co-develop proposals for research and development projects.


Companies engaged within the support programme, and collaborating with a research institution, will also have the opportunity to apply for innovation vouchers of 24 x £2,499 and follow on vouchers of 5 x £20,000. In addition, there will be post-doctoral research assistant support available (15 x £20,000) from The University of Manchester.


2:00pm – 2:10pm              Welcome, introduction to the R&I Health Accelerator, Support Available

Victoria Bertenshaw, Research Operations Manager

Health Innovation Manchester


2:10pm – 2:30pm              Digital Health and Society

Dr Karen Stansfield (Associate Dean Enterprise and Engagement, School of Health & Society) and Professor Ben Light (Professor Digital Society)

The University of Salford


2:30pm – 2:40pm              Brain stimulation in labs, clinics and in the wild

Dr Nick Davies (Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology)

Manchester Metropolitan University


2:40pm – 2:55pm              Service User Participation and voice in the development of Health and Social Care Curriculum: The benefits of collaborative partnerships

Dr Joanne Smith (Associate Teaching Professor) and Bimpe Kuti (Academic Group Co-ordinator), Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

The University of Bolton


2:55pm – 3:05pm              Advanced Materials capabilities at The University of Manchester

Professor Julie Gough (Professor of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering)

The University of Manchester


3:05pm – 3:15pm              PrintCity Network – Adopting Additive Manufacturing

Mark Chester – Product Development Specialist @ PrintCity Network

Manchester Metropolitan University


3:15pm – 3:25pm              Digital Health capabilities at The University of Manchester

Professor Niels Peek (Research Domain Director of Digital Health and Director of Greater Manchester Connected Health City) Pre-recorded

The University of Manchester

3:25pm – 3:40pm              Q&A with panellists


3:40pm – 3:45pm              Closing Remarks and Application Process

Victoria Bertenshaw, Research Operations Manager

Health Innovation Manchester


For further information please contact:

Victoria Bertenshaw, Research Operations Manager, Health Innovation Manchester

Email: Vicky.Bertenshaw@healthinnovationmanchester.com

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