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Innovation Warehouse
Dates: 4- 9 March 2018 
Cities: Austin & San Antonio 

ABHI is leading a mission to Texas in partnership with leading Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and supported by UK Government. The mission will commence in the State capital, Austin, before heading to the healthcare hub that is San Antonio. The mission provides companies with unprecedented access to key opinion leaders (KOLs) and world-class hospital systems.
ABHI have established strong relationships in the State, with this trade mission marking the fifth visit in recent years. Delegates in the past have met with company presidents, chief operating officers, procurement and research teams 

'Attending the mission was a real eye opener, the connections and network ABHI has built in Texas is nothing short of astounding and surpassed all our expectations. The quality, seniority and willingness to engage from those we met was incredible, we will certainly be going back to Texas with ABHI'
James WhitticaseCEO, OBS Medical

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19 January, 2018 - 09:14
Call for proposals for the 2019 EIT Health business plan open now!
The Calls for Proposals for 2019 Business Plan seeks projects for inclusion in EIT Health's 2019 business plan. The call document covers the original three pillars:
  • Education
  • Innovation and acceleration
  • Societal challenges.
There is a useful summary of the different parts of the programme on page 5 of the call document or take a look at the EIT Health calls for proposals for 2019 Business Plan Summary.  There are four strategic themes:
  • Prevention and management of chronic diseases
  • Empowering citizens to manage their health
  • Improving healthcare systems
  • Leveraging new technology and data. 
There are two new focus areas, identified by a call for expressions of interest:
  • Bringing care home (page 8)
  • Value from data in clinical and sub-clinical settings (page 9)  
Projects will be required to demonstrate that they address one or more themes and/or focus areas. The deadline for proposals is 9 April 2018.  Read more here.
Innovative life sciences SMEs in the West Midlands offered support worth up to £50k
Apply via the Meridian online health innovation exchange by 2 February 2018.
Are you a start-up or a small to medium-sized enterprise working in the West Midlands to deliver improved healthcare? Do you have the potential to change how healthcare is delivered?
The SME Innovation Fund can provide the support you need to help your business grow.   Mercia Fund Management, a leading investment business, is collaborating with the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) to help build and support healthcare businesses across the West Midlands.
Successful applicants will receive:
  • Convertible loans of up to £50,000
  • Unparalleled access to future investment capital
  • Regular mentor workshops from industry experts, including experienced life sciences entrepreneurs
  • Key contacts in the NHS and healthcare sectors.
The fund has already supported 10 companies to grow and funds are now available to invest in a new venture.  To apply, please go to the Meridian online health innovation exchange by 2 February 2018 and click 'Submit innovation'. Alternatively, contact Lucy Chatwin, Business Manager at WMAHSN for help with your application and to discuss your requirements.  Read more here.
Innovate UK January 2018 sector competition for Health & Life Sciences and Emerging & Enabling Technologies
Innovate UK is to invest up to £19 million to support innovation that offers significant changes in productivity and cutting-edge innovation. The competition has 2 strands, strand 1 is for health and life sciences projects and strand 2 is for emerging and enabling technologies projects. A further £12 million is available to fund Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).
All projects must involve at least one SME, working alone or in collaboration with other organisations. Projects with costs over £100,000 must be collaborative and include a funded partner.  The competition will open on the 22nd January and you must apply before 28th March.  Further details about the scope of the competition will be available shortly.
KTN will be hosting a series of briefing events for the competition throughout January and February.  More information regarding the strands and the briefing events is available here.
Nominate your mental health star now!
There is still time for people to submit their nominations for the inaugural WMCA Thrive Mental Health Commission Awards which close on Monday 8 January 2018.  Submissions from across the West Midlands are invited, from both constituent and non-constituent local authorities. Members of the public can nominate anyone who they feel has made a difference to someone’s mental wellbeing - be they friend, family, work colleague, carer or health professional.  For more information about the awards or the Thrive Mental Health Action Plan, contact Mary.  .
Funding – cutting edge innovations
Innovate UK has up to £19 million to invest in the best ideas for new innovations in a wide range of technology and business areas. Projects could fit into one of Innovate UK’s four priority areas of emerging and enabling technologies, health and life sciences, infrastructure systems and manufacturing and materials, or be outside them. Applications should be for game-changing innovative ideas that will lead to new products, processes or services ahead of the field in any sector of the economy. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018 and must be led by a business working individually or in partnership.
Innovation loans: first loan opportunity launches to demonstrate infrastructure systems
The first opportunity under Innovate UK’s innovation loans pilot is now open. This is a patient, flexible, alternative financial support scheme for small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) working on late-stage infrastructure systems projects. You can apply for a loan of up to £1 million for up to 10 years.  Read more here.
£30 million for business and graduate partnerships
Innovate UK has announced an extra £30 million of funding for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), which connect UK businesses with an academic or research organisation and qualified graduate to work on innovation projects.  Read more here.
Improving mental health and surgery: apply for contracts
Organisations can apply for contracts of £100,000 to develop innovative new products and services that improve mental health provision or surgery in the NHS.  Read more here.
Tackling disease with healthcare innovations: apply for funding
Businesses can apply for a share of up to £12 million to develop or test innovative ways of diagnosing, preventing and treating disease.  Read more here.
NHS Sustainability Awards 2018
The NHS Sustainability Awards are now in their sixth year and will see over 150 NHS professionals work on improving environmental outcomes within their trust and within communities come together to celebrate success.  It is free to enter the Awards, entries close on March 1st and the shortlist will be announced on NHS Sustainability Day itself, May 17 2018 at the Marriot Regents Park, London.  To see the categories and to apply for the award click here.
Biomedical Catalyst 2017 round 4: primer award & later stage award.
Application deadline: 07.02.18
Tackling disease with healthcare innovations: up to £12m available.  The aim of the Biomedical Catalyst is to support the development of innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes.In Biomedical Catalyst round 4 there are 2 competitions, one focusing on the late stage award and one focused on the primer stage award.  Read more here.
Horizon 2020 Calls
Horizon 2020 is the EU's €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. BEIS has further clarified Horizon 2020 underwrite for UK participants.
  • Better Health and Care, Economic Growth and Sustainable Health Systems - Implemented through five main priorities: Personalised medicine; Innovative health and care industry; Infectious diseases and improving global health; Innovative health and care systems - Integration of care; and Decoding the role of the environment, including climate change, for health and well-being. Application deadline: 18.04.18.
  • Digital Transformation in Health and Care – Supporting the management of health and wellbeing while empowering the participation of citizens and facilitating the transformation of health and care services to more digitised, person-centred and community-based care models. Various application deadlines from: 24.04.18.
  • Trusted Digital Solutions and Cybersecurity in Health and Care - Aimed at multidisciplinary technologies and solutions in health and care, with a focus on cybersecurity to assure data privacy, security and protection of health and care infrastructures. Various application deadlines from: 24.04.18.
  • Eurostars - Open to all projects in all technology areas and market fields, but projects must have a civilian purpose. Application deadline: 01.03.18.
Eureka Eurostars 2, round 9
Innovative SMEs can apply for a share of £2.5 million to collaborate in research with partners across Europe and associated countries.  Find out more here.
SBRI funding competitions
SBRI supports a range of competitions with public sector organisations and departments. Find out more about SBRI: the Small Business Research Initiative here.
WMAHSN seek regional Digital Health and Data Ambassador
12-month secondment ∙ Pay band 8a ∙ Closing date: 14 January 2018
The WMAHSN is seeking a Digital Health and Data Ambassador to deliver its West Midlands Digital Health service.   The Ambassador will have the operational responsibility for delivery of West Midlands Digital Health across the whole of the West Midlands, working closely with the three Global Digital Exemplar trusts in the region, as well as businesses and universities. This role demands the individual to have considerable experience, standing and authority, with particularly adroit and adept people skills as well as strong motivational and leadership qualities.  Read more here.
15 January, 2018 - 13:32

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