MIMIT (Manchester: Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology) celebrates 10 year anniversary

On Wednesday 7th November, MIMIT (Manchester: Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology) celebrated its 10 year anniversary in Manchester’s landmark Citylabs building.

Richard Preece (MIMIT Board Chair and Executive Lead for Quality at Greater Manchester’s Health and Social Care Partnership – GMHSCP) opened the proceedings, welcoming an audience of clinicians, academics, industry leads, policy makers, collaborators and supporters, including Jon Rouse (Chief Officer for GMHSCP) and Ben Bridgewater (Chief Executive of Health Innovation Manchester).

Professor Jackie Oldham (MIMIT Director) showcased the incredible impact that MIMIT has spearheaded over the last decade, including £31.2m of commercial funding leverage, 5 licenses, 100 academic publications, 4 spin out companies, 83 jobs created and 5 million patient benefits in Greater Manchester already (with many more to come).

2018 marks a significant milestone for the MIMIT partnership, which consists of The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Salford, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (with validation support from Trustech).

This community of healthcare practitioners, academic researchers, industry experts and patients work in collaboration to find new solutions to healthcare problems, feeding the pipeline of Health Innovation Manchester.

MIMIT Ambassadors work to scope unmet needs within the healthcare landscape and bring them through MIMIT’s Innovation Development Pathway.

At the 10 year celebrations, MIMIT clinical Ambassadors John New (Consultant Diabetologist, Salford Royal Foundation Trust and North West e-Health Director Salford Lung Study) and Peter Alexander (Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Manchester Foundation Trust) joined MIMIT academic Ambassadors Emma Stanmore (Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester) and Alex Casson (Senior Lecturer in Sensing, Imaging and Signal Processing, University of Manchester), discussing why they are part of MIMIT, the integral relationships the partnership provides and the collaboration, opportunities and successes that have arisen as a result.

As the first international affiliate of CIMIT, Boston (Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology), MIMIT was also supported by video messages from the original CIMIT founders, John Parrish and Colleen Kigin, showcasing just how far the model has come.

Guests also had an opportunity to view finalised projects that originated as MIMIT unmet needs, such as Pelviva (a pelvic floor trainer for the treatment of bladder leakage in women), a device to improve the assessment of anorectal function in patients with faecal incontinence, developed by Lucid Innovations (resulting in a 3:1 reduction in hospital appointments) and a physiotherapy based active video game developed in collaboration with older people, software designers and MIRA Rehab Ltd, which resulted in a 64% falls incidence amongst patients after just 12 weeks of use.

Finally, the evening culminated in thanks to Professor Oldham and the late Keith Chantler for their vision, as-well as MIMIT’s collaborators, ambassadors, investors and supporters.

Manchester is leading the way for unmet healthcare needs and MIMIT looks forward to the next ten years of improving health through innovation and collaboration.

More information on MIMIT can be found at: www.mimit.org.uk
@MIMITManchester