Published: 14 March 2013 at 10:55
Business Network Services officially launched at Innovation Expo at London’s ExCeL
Companies from across the medical technology sector will be offered improved access to the NHS and global markets when the Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus launches its Business Network Services on Wednesday, 13 March.
The event, at the Healthcare Innovation Expo at London’s ExCeL Centre, will feature presentations by stakeholders and supporters of the Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus including Health Minister Lord Howe, representatives from local council partners, NHS Trusts, private healthcare CEOs, and Anglia Ruskin University Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne.
The pan-Essex project, which is a partnership between Chelmsford City Council, Harlow District Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Anglia Ruskin, is predicted to grow the UK medical technology sector by £1.2bn and generate approximately 12,500 jobs across three sites.
The Business Network Services will allow companies of all sizes – from start-ups to multinationals – the opportunity to access clinicians, academics, industry and customers. Anglia Ruskin is the lead academic partner and key provider of business and innovation services and, through its Clinical Trials Unit, it works closely with six acute NHS Trusts and a large mental health trust in Essex, offering access to a potential test bed of three million patients.
These links allow businesses to gain early adoption and feedback on their product, as well as develop relationships with potential customers. The Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus has well-established connections with the NHS and can call upon thousands of academic and clinical researchers from across the full healthcare landscape, who can advise companies and inventors on their product or service ideas.
The Business Network Services can also provide access to a range of public and private sector funding opportunities, ranging from venture capitalists to Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Anglia Ruskin has set up a £500,000 proof of concept fund and is also planning to secure up to £2.2m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to promote low carbon innovation in the MedTech sector.
Lord Howe, Health Minister, said:
Professor Michael Thorne, Anglia Ruskin University’s Vice Chancellor, said:
Chief Executive of Chelmsford City Council, Steve Packham, said:
Harlow Council’s Chief Executive, Malcolm Morley, said:
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Chief Executive, Rob Tinlin, said:
The Business Network Services launch will take place in the Medical Leaders Conference Area at the ExCeL Centre on Wednesday, 13 March (3pm). There will be interview opportunities with the key stakeholders from 4pm. For further details of the MedTech Campus, please visit http://www.medtechcampus.com/