> THE HEALTH TECH HUB

HELPS BUSINESSES TO DEVELOP AND BRING TO MARKET NEW TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, WHICH PROMOTE HEALTH AND WELLBEING, PARTICULARLY FOCUSING ON HOME SENSING, HOME DIAGNOSTICS AND INDEPENDENT LIVING

Mission: The Hub’s mission is to advance innovation in healthcare, to invigorate the growth of UK companies and to improve the quality of life for citizens. The Health Tech Hub team identify and create opportunities for businesses, universities and the healthcare sector to work together to solve the demanding problems faced by the healthcare sector in the UK and globally.

Our story: The Health Tech Hub 900m2 facility is located in UWE Bristol’s University Enterprise Zone. Its founding partners are the UWE Bristol, University of Bristol, Sirona Care and Health, P3 Medical Ltd, Designability and the West of England Academic Health Science Network. With its links to industry, the Academic Health Science Network and Medilink, (a national network for health technology businesses), the Health Tech Hub can help companies to accelerate product commercialisation and adoption into healthcare environments.

Innovation is at the core of the Health Tech Hub’s mission . Our skilled staff are well-placed to advance innovation, by supporting each company we work with to develop their technology solutions. In our purpose-built world-class laboratories, complete with the latest equipment; our dedicated team of experts are able to support companies with precision, utilising their accumulative experience across the industry, academia and
healthcare sectors. The projects undertaken in the Hub are hugely diverse, from developing a sensor for detecting Urinary Tract Infection, to running sophisticated spectral analysis of cells undergoing stress. Other projects included characterising novel biocompatible materials and integrating electronic systems into assistive technologies such as a “Smart” walking stick for people with Parkinson’s disease.

The Hub aims to boost regional economic growth, create new regional jobs and international recognition of the vibrant health and life sciences sector in the West of England, by offering SW companies tailored support for their product development.

The SW is home to a thriving health tech community and to date, we’ve achieved our target of supporting over 120 SW companies since our launch in late 2018. Alongside this, we’ve delivered over 25 targeted business networking events, workshops and webinars in collaboration with our associate business network Medilnk South West. In addition to this, we’ve developed the Health Technology Accelerator Programme (HTAP) to support small to medium businesses in the West of England region develop new products or services for the health and life science sector. The programme is managed in collaboration with the West of England AHSN and it provides free business coaching and mentoring for businesses that have an innovative product or service that has the potential to benefit the health and social care sectors.

2020 has presented unprecedented challenges to the healthcare sector in the form of C-19 and the Health Tech Hub is focused on supporting the SW health tech community, by continuing to support both SME’s and the NHS to transform how health and social care is delivered.

Testimonials : The real asset of the Hub is the creativity, enthusiasm and knowledge of the staff . The practical support shown at all levels has been second to none. Using the facilities has been very useful in terms of gaining access to professional and state of the art lab and workshop facilities to conduct initial tests and experiments in a highly sensitive and controlled environment. As a start up SME with limited capabilities, such resources are invaluable for us to be able conduct high quality and competitive R&D to develop our ideas further.’ Habib Patel, Founder of Fullfat Technologies | fullfattech.com

‘The Hub have been fantastic to work with, we really recommend them to companies looking for adaptive technical expertise. After our initial meeting to define a scope for the project, I had the opportunity to be shown around the Labs, which are full of dynamic projects and research. The project ran smoothly, with the work being carried out quickly with little input required from me. Within several weeks, the work was complete and I returned for a final meeting and summary of the research conducted.

This was great as I was able to discuss the results in a less formal manner with the researchers. The reports that the HTH staff produced are very well written and go into significant detail. I’m very happy with the outcome of this project.’ Eoin Sharkey, Founder of The BioFactory | the-biofactory.com

To learn more about our work, please visit www.heathtechhub.co.uk or get in touch with [email protected]

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