Published: 17 May 2012 at 10:20
New partnership is predicted to create 12,500 jobs and boost sector by £1.2bn
A groundbreaking partnership to drive growth and innovation in the UK medical technology sector will be officially launched at the House of Commons on Tuesday, 22 May.
The Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus will provide one of the world’s largest health innovation spaces for companies of all sizes – from start-ups and micro SMEs to large corporates – with the aim of establishing the UK as a global force in a sector worth £170 billion per year.
Specialising in near-market solutions for products and services, this cluster of expertise will be of enormous benefit to healthcare providers and commissioners, and the Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus has already secured support from a number of key stakeholders in industry, local and central government and the NHS.
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department of Health Earl Howe, who will formally launch the partnership at the House of Commons, said:
The project, which is a partnership between Chelmsford City Council, Harlow District Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Anglia Ruskin University, is predicted to grow the UK medical technology sector by £1.2bn and generate approximately 12,500 jobs.
Anglia Ruskin is the lead academic partner and key provider of business and innovation services. It will facilitate access to a range of relevant expertise, sector-dedicated research, specialist consultancy staff, and testing and clinical trials capabilities. The local authorities will use their land use, economic development and community well-being powers to engage the development industry and attract inward investment.
Three sites will be developed across Essex – in Chelmsford, Harlow and Southend-on-Sea – and 120 acres of land has already been identified to accommodate the 1.7 million square feet of floor space. A business network will act as a catalyst for innovation, supporting the commercial exploitation of ideas through a portfolio of services offered domestically and internationally.
Harlow Council Chief Executive, Malcolm Morley, said:
Steve Packham, Chelmsford City Council’s Chief Executive, said:
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Chief Executive, Rob Tinlin, said:
As well as delivering a major economic boost for the UK, and Essex in particular, the Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus will lead to community and patient benefits through the adoption of improved health products and services.
Anglia Ruskin University is home to the Postgraduate Medical Institute – a research centre actively supported by 22 regional health and social care partners – and over 30,000 students, 8,000 of whom are studying subjects relevant to the medical technology sector.
Professor Michael Thorne, Anglia Ruskin’s Vice Chancellor, said:
Earl Howe added: