Celebrating collaboration across the Greater Manchester ecosystem through the ERDF Research & Innovation (R&I) Health Accelerator programme

Daniel Zamora (left), Chris Taylor (middle), Richard Deed (right).

After launching in 2020, the ERDF Research & Innovation (R&I) Health Accelerator programme is coming to a close, having supported over 60 companies, creating 35 research collaborations and delivering more than 25 events across the city-region and beyond.

The R&I Health Accelerator is an 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.

As part of the support through the Accelerator, SMEs were able to access expertise and advice including information about navigating the health and care system, developing value propositions, ethics & regulatory advice, and access to university-wide expertise.

Throughout the delivery of this programme, there was opportunity for SMEs to build lasting research collaborations with researchers, Greater Manchester universities, NHS organisations and the broader health innovation community.

These collaborations will continue to share knowledge, address the barriers to adoption and co-develop proposals for research and development projects.

Partners discussing the Accelerator programme.

To celebrate the achievements and strong collaborations forged through the programme, Health Innovation Manchester has worked with partners and innovators involved in the programme to produce a series of videos to showcase how the programme has helped accelerate the development and improve commercialisation of innovative healthcare products and services within life sciences.

To highlight the successes of the R&I Health Accelerator, Health Innovation Manchester and partners are pleased to premiere a launch video ‘The ERDF R&I Health Accelerator’.

The video celebrates the legacy the programme, with partners and Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) reflecting on the successes of the partnership, and how through developing strong collaborations across sectors we are continuing to improve the care of citizens across Greater Manchester.

Over the coming weeks, we will also share a series of video case studies that showcase the breadth of talent to have received support through the programme. A variety of SMEs were invited to reflect on how the R&I Health Accelerator supported their innovation, their experiences of working with a variety of partners across Greater Manchester, and what they look forward to next in their business.

Colleagues listening to a presentation.
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