A new accelerator programme for SMEs in Greater Manchester has opened to support and further their research and commercialisation.
The programme is inviting SMEs to collaborate with research and innovation institutions in the region to support the development of health and care products.
The project is led by Health Innovation Manchester and is in partnership with The University of Manchester, Manchester City Council, Bionow and The University of Manchester Innovation Factory.
SMEs will be able to access support to help progress their products and services to generate adoption within health and care, and will be able to apply for three types of support:
Innovation vouchers of £2,499 will be able to support market insights, contract research services, clinical and applied health research advice and expertise in NICE processes
Follow-on vouchers of £20,000 will support more substantial developments, wholly or partially funding collaborative projects to progress towards key adoption and commercialisation milestones
Projects co-developed with University of Manchester academics to move innovative products or services closer to adoption, supported by 4-5 months of researcher time and access to University facilities
Richard Deed, Associate Commercial Director at Health Innovation Manchester, said: “The Research and Innovation Health Accelerator will provide comprehensive support to SMEs to progress innovative health & care products and services towards adoption and commercialisation.”
The programme is now open and will run until June 2023.
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