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  • 22 March, 2019 - 12:57
    Opportunities and Events
    OPPORTUNITIES 

    Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up
    • Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Health and Life Sciences sector
    • Read more here
    CLOSING SOON! Police Custody Welfare, Remote Screening and Monitoring System: SBRI Competition
    • This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. The aim is to source a technological solution for managing the care and welfare of persons in police custody.
    • Police Scotland is seeking an integrated technological solution that can remotely monitor individuals and provide an early warning and intervention alert system. This should improve custody health and welfare outcomes.
    • Deadline: 27th March
    • Read more here
    CLOSING SOON! Bridging for Innovators (B4I)
    • From start-ups to large corporates, B4I helps companies to overcome product, manufacturing or process performance issues by leveraging more than £2bn worth of government investment in world-leading science facilities. Working closely with Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) research and innovation experts, companies can develop projects that address specific innovation challenges to accelerate business productivity.
    • Deadline: 1st April
    • Read more here
    VocTech Specialist 2019 
    • This is a ‘challenge led’ funding call which aims to support innovation in adult vocational skills provision to directly tackle the issues which result from the changing nature of work. It is focused on how digital tech can help bridge the gap between the skills that employers want and the skills that employees possess.
    • Deadline: 5th April
    • Read more here
    'Lift Your Biz' with Gymshark 
    • Leading sports fitness clothing brand Gymshark has partnered with Innovation Birmingham to deliver a pioneering business support centre driving growth and opportunity for promising digital technology companies innovating within the West Midlands. 
    • Deadline: 11th April
    • Read more here
    Royal Society Industry Fellowship Scheme
    • This scheme is for academic scientists who want to collaborate with industry, or industry scientists who want to collaborate with an academic body
    • The Royal Society‘s Industry Fellowship Scheme aims to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology between those in industry and those in academia in the UK
    • The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. (Current award holders work in pharmaceuticals, electrolytic plasma processing, and preclinical research for schizophrenia).
    • Deadline: 18th April
    • Read more here
    Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - Spring/Summer 2019
    • Opens: 4th April
    • Deadline: 29th May
    • The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses in the UK to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with an academic or research organisation and a graduate.
    • Who can take part?
      • Each KTP is a 3-way partnership between:
      • a UK-based business of any size or a not-for-profit organisation
      • an academic or research organisation. This could be a university, college or research and technology organisation in the UK
      • a suitably-qualified graduate, with the capability to lead a strategic business project
    • Read more here
    CELTIC - NEXT Spring 2019: Innovative 5G Infrastructure and Applications
    • UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £1 million for 5G collaborative R&D projects in the EUREKA CELTIC programme
    • Opens: 1st April
    • Deadline: 29th May
    • Read more here
    Pitchfest 2019
    • Pitchfest West Midlands is open for business for the fifth consecutive year and we encourage businesses in our network to take part to boost profile and increase your chances of winning investment.
    • Over the last four years, Pitchfest – which is run by the Centre for Growth at Aston University, BizzInn at the University of Birmingham and Minerva at the University of Warwick Science Park – has put over 100 entrepreneurs directly in front of investors and helped bring over £2,750 000 of investment to the region's small businesses
    • Read more here
    WMAHSN Industry Innovation Gateway  
    • The WMAHSN Industry Innovation Gateway, delivered by Medilink WM, acts as a single point of entry for all medical/health technology and life science businesses who wish to engage with the WMAHSN
    • With comprehensive networks across the health and life science sector, the Industry Innovation Gateway provides essential connectivity to the business, clinical, academic, regulatory and finance communities, helping businesses to form new collaborative partnerships and to navigate the increasing complex health innovation landscape
    • Meridian is WMAHSN’s interactive online innovation health exchange designed to support the West Midlands innovation ecosystem, assisting NHS, academic, commercial and industrial stakeholders, and supporting collaborative approach to resolving clinical and service challenges to build a region-wide innovation culture
    • If you have an innovative product or service available that has significant potential to benefit both patients and the health service, Medilink WM will look to facilitate your need by assisting with your Meridian Innovation Submission and developing key relationship management with appropriate clinical groups and stakeholders with you, to assist the right innovations to evolve and move forward with the NHS 
    • Read more here

    EVENTS 

    STFC B4I Life Sciences Event
    • When: 26th March
    • Where: Visitor’s Centre, Rutherford Appleton Laboratories (RAL), Harwell Campus, Didcot, OX11 0QX
    • Through this event you will discover how the Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme can help you to overcome research challenges relating to product, manufacturing, or process performance. You will also get the opportunity to find out how companies have used these facilities to advance their own R&D challenges
    • Read more here
    NIHR Ultrasound: Delivering the Diagnostics Strategy of the Future
    • When: 28th March
    • Where: Edgbaston Park Hotel & Conference Centre, 53 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2RS 
    • The NIHR Community Healthcare MedTech and IVD Co-operative (MIC Oxford) workshop on 'Ultrasound - delivering the diagnostics strategy of the future' will take place in the heart of England, at the Edgbaston Park Hotel & Conference Centre, University of Birmingham. The workshop will be led by Professor Dan Lasserson, Professor of Ambulatory Care at the University of Birmingham and clinical lead of the MIC Acute Ambulatory Care theme
    • Read more here
    IAWM Innovation Policy & Practice Breakfast
    • When: 4th April 7:45-9:30
    • Where: Make UK, The Manufacturers’ Organisation, Technology HUB, Unit 6, Noble Way, Birmingham, B6 7EU
    • As part of DIDFEST our next Innovation Policy and Practice Breakfast event will be a panel discussion on ‘Women in STEM-based business – barriers and enablers to progression’
    • Read more here
    • You can find a full breakdown of DIDFEST events here
    Meridian LIVE 2019
    • When: 5th April
    • Where: The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre, Hill Street, Birmingham, B5 4EW
    • Supporting the spread of good practice to deliver improved health and wealth across the West Midlands, Meridian has grown from strength to strength since it was launched in 2016 and building on the success of our 2018 Meridian LIVE event the year we are offering you the chance to network with potential partners and to explore the latest innovations and advances within the region.  This FREE to attend event is a must for medical and healthcare professionals within the West Midlands - and beyond!
    • Read more here
    UK SPINE Knowledge Exchange Conference in Healthy Ageing and Affordable Medicines
    • The first annual UK SPINE conference in Knowledge Exchange will be taking place on 16th and 17th April 2019 at the British Library in London. The theme of the event will be focussed on Healthy Ageing and Affordable Medicines. This is a Connecting Capability Fund (CCF) programme initiative.
    • Read more here
    Industrial Maths AI and Health Study Groups - developing machine learning to better understand tumour pathology specimens
    • This is the fourth of several problems that will be discussed at two three-day study groups, firstly in Cardiff from 22-24 May and secondly in Manchester from 26-28 June
    • If you are a researcher working in a UK university who would like to work on this problem read more here
    Future IHWG Dates
    • The next meeting will be held on 11th April, 2pm – 4pm at The Hive, West Midlands Combined Authority, Summer Lane, Birmingham
    • Future dates include 27th June, Baskerville House, Centenary Square, Birminghamand 5th September, venue TBC
    • Read more here
  • 18 March, 2019 - 08:37
    Funding Opportunities and Events
    FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

    Secure a Share of up to £20 Million for your Medicines R&D Innovation
    • Call deadline: 24th April
    • Innovate UK, as part of their newly named Smart program – previously ‘Open grant funding’, will invest up to £20 million in the best game-changing or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation
    • Read more here
    Biomedical Catalyst: Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme
    • The DPFS scheme supports the translation of fundamental discoveries toward benefits to human health. It funds the pre-clinical development and early clinical testing of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including “repurposing” of existing therapies.
    • Read more here
    Apply for a Share of up to £7 Million for Innovative Healthcare Products, Technologies and Processes
    • Call deadline: 3rd April
    • UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific idea to solve a healthcare challenge.
    • Read more here

    EVENTS 

    Addressing Global Challenges in Health and Development
    • When: 16th March
    • Where: The Hive, Worcester, WR1 3PD
    • The focus of this year's Beacons conference is Sustainable development Goal (SDG) 3, this seeks to ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’. The conference will explore the current and most pressing issues and challenges in health and well-being, and how these interact with and influence sustainable development from local to global level
    • Read more here
    Childhood Obesity- LGA Trailblazer Programme – Discovery Phase – Strategic Stakeholder Engagement Event
    • When: 21st March 9:30 – 12:30
    • Where: The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre, Quaker House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF 
    • Birmingham was recently selected to be part of the Discovery Phase of the LGA Childhood Obesity Trailblazer Programme. This is a specific programme of activity, to be completed by 30th April 2019, that will inform the shaping of the national trailblazer programme and provides a great opportunity for us to reshape and energise the approach to tackling childhood obesity in Birmingham.
    • Read more here
    Young Lives Matter - Intergenerational Health and Well-being Conference
    • When: 30th March
    • Where: Birmingham City University
    • The West Midlands is a diverse region, serving a culturally and socially diverse population, Birmingham alone is estimated to have a population of 1,137,100
    • In conjunction with other relevant policies, procedures and strategies, the West Midlands is keen to see health and wellbeing inequalities significantly reduced
    • Read more here
    Innovation Policy and Practice Breakfast: Women in STEM-based Business – Barriers and Enablers to Progression
    • When: 4th April 7:45 – 9:30
    • Where: Make UK, The Manufacturers’ Organisation, Technology HUB, Unit 6, Noble Way, Birmingham, B6 7EU
    • Read more here
    Meridian Live 
    • When: 5th April 9:30 – 15:30
    • Where: Birmingham Conference & Events Centre, Hill Street, Birmingham, B5 4EW 
    • Offering you the chance to network with potential partners and to explore the latest innovations and advances within the region, this FREE to attend event is a must for medical and healthcare professionals within the West Midlands - and beyond!
    • Read more here
    Future IHWG Dates
    • The next meeting will be held on 11th April, 2pm – 4pm at The Hive, West Midlands Combined Authority, Summer Lane, Birmingham
    • Future dates include 27th June and 5th September. Venues TBC
    • Read more here
    UoB Business Club Breakfast Briefing: Innovation in Medical Devices
    • When: 14th May
    • Where: Birmingham Research Science Park, 97 Vincent Drive, Birmingham, B15 2SQ
    • Innovation in Medical Technologies is a crucial component in the future of healthcare. It will allow us to better diagnose and treat patients and to address the challenge of ensuring that a commensurate increase in quality of life accompanies advances in medicine that mean that we are living longer than ever before.
    • Read more here
    Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2019
    • When: 15th May
    • Where: NEC Birmingham
    • Experience live demonstrations of the latest machines, technology, products and services while networking with 4,000+ designers, engineers, innovators and manufacturers from across the medical and healthcare sector.
    • Read more here
  • 11 March, 2019 - 10:22
    Let's Talk Birth 2019 Tour
    Let's Talk Birth 2019 Tour
    Birmingham - 25 March 2019
    Up to 8 hours of participatory learning for CPD, put on by the Real Birth Company.

    The tour focuses on celebrating the work and collaboration between health and birth professionals with empowering women and their families, in pregnancy, birth and in the postnatal period.

    Visiting 5 cities over 8 days, the Let's Talk Birth team have created a relaxing, informative and memorable away-day for midwives, Doulas, birth and health professionals training in, working in, or supporting in midwifery, early parenthood and perinatal mental health. Delegates will hear addresses from several leading midwifery and birthing specialists.

    The event speakers all work within the maternity services and between them emcompass all aspects of birth - from the antenatal period through to the postnatal. From positive birth to trauma and the effects on the wider family. The speakers have a wealth of experience between them, years of professional development and multiple publications met with great success.

    Each leg of the tour will encompass five speakers and delegates can be assured to gain in depth knowledge on a variety of birthing topics. And there’s no need to worry about missing a speaker... After the Glasgow leg, delegates will receive a link to watch the entire collection of speakers online. Any additional lectures watched will contribute towards additional CPD points.



    Bath - 20 March 2019
    London - 21 March 2019
    Birmingham - 25 March 2019
    Manchester - 26 March 2019
    Glasgow - 28 March 2019
  • 27 February, 2019 - 11:01
    2019 ideasUK Idea of the Year competition!
    For over three decades, we have honoured the best ideas from the public and private sectors, both home and abroad. Over that time, through our Idea of the Year competition, we have shown time after time how innovation in the workplace can bring wide benefits to employees, customers and organisations. 
     
    The Idea of the Year competition provides a great opportunity to recognise your employees who submitted those incredible ideas; raise the profile of your programme to senior management through external recognition and gives international exposure to your success, plus lets me honest, it’s just great to win!
     
    Once again we have teamed up with Wazoku to automate the first stages of the competition and ask you to either access the website with your existing credentials or if new to the competition – register!
     
    https://ideasuk.wazoku.com/#/home-page
     
    The website contains lots of useful information about the competition, details on timings, categories, the rules and regulations and answers to some frequently asked questions, so even if you are not quite ready to upload your ideas, do take a look!
     
    The deadline for entries is Friday 12th July 2019
     
    Should you be chosen as a finalist in the competition, an individual who represents the idea will be required to attend the ideasUK conference to participate in a face to face judging session.  This year conference will take place in Edinburgh on 13th and 14th November.  All finalists will be recognised and the winners will be announced during a celebratory dinner on the evening of Thursday 14th November.
  • 19 February, 2019 - 15:13
    Meridian LIVE 2019
    Meridian LIVE, taking place on Friday 5 April 2019 at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre.

    Supporting the spread of good practice to deliver improved health and wealth across the West Midlands, Meridian has grown from strength to strength since it was launched in 2016 and building on the success of our 2018 Meridian LIVE event the year we are offering you the chance to network with potential partners and to explore the latest innovations and advances within the region.  This FREE to attend event is a must for medical and healthcare professionals within the West Midlands - and beyond!

     
    The features of Meridian LIVE include interactive workshops taking place around key challenges, topics being supported by the WMAHSN and the chance to understand how you can engage and benefit from the support offered across the WM’s.  In addition we will give you the chance to book 1-2-1 surgery session's with our industry experts to obtain advice and guidance to help you move forward.  This years workshops include: 

     
    Morning workshops 
    • Learning from Excellence (LfE)
    • Digital Outpatients 
    • Innovation Technology Payment scheme – the new, the old and what we’ve learned    
    Afternoon Workshops 
    • West Midlands Social Care digital and data enabled collaborative
    • Understanding how and why the NHS adopts innovation 
    • SPACE - Insights  and learning from a large-scale care home Quality Improvement programme 
    Surgery Sessions
     
    More information on our surgery sessions can be found by clicking here.  Please select these at time of booking. 
     
    For further detail on the workshops and to book your place please click here. 
  • 19 February, 2019 - 10:25
    International trade in 2019 and beyond
    Tuesday 12 March, Gowling WLG office Birmingham

     
    The future of the UK's international trade landscape remains unclear. There are still questions as to where we are heading in terms of the UK-EU relationship. This poses a number of challenges for businesses that are dependent on cross border trade with the EU, and require an understanding of what measures can be taken to keep goods moving across the border, in event of a No Deal Brexit. In parallel to the EU-UK negotiations, there are discussions underway that would potentially lead the UK to forming or extending trade relationships with other territories. These new trade arrangements, so called Free Trade Agreements "FTA"s, will offer new or improved market access opportunities for those businesses that are positioned to take advantage and understand the requirements placed on an exporter of goods or services.

    Whilst it is not possible to predict the Brexit status by 12 March, undoubtedly a viewpoint on the common challenges and opportunities around international trade and the associated compliance requirements will be invaluable. 
     


    The event will be hosted by Ursula Johnston and other trade and regulatory specialists who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. More speakers to be confirmed.

     
    Event Overview:
    • Brexit update and what does the current position mean for the Life Sciences sector
    • Customs compliance for cross border trade: common challenges and solutions
    • An introduction to Free Trade Agreements
    • International trade, contracts and Incoterms
    • Adapting to a new regulatory environment
    This event is in partnership with Gowling WLG and Medilink West Midlands Click here to book your place. 
  • 18 February, 2019 - 11:18
    Meridian Awards - A Celebration of Innovation 2019 - Entries now open!
    Nominations for the annual Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards are now open.
     
    Last year over 40 teams from both healthcare, industry, academia and the not-for-profit sector vied to take one of the coveted healthcare innovator awards organised by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN).
     
    The awards will be presented at a glitzy ceremony at the WMAHSN's annual awards evening on 18th July, and reflect the WMAHSN's dual aim of improving health and creating wealth. To be eligible to enter you will have had some contact or support with the WMAHSN and/or the Meridian Innovation Health Exchange. 
    Those shortlisted for the MidTECH Award will have a chance of receiving a share of a £10,000 prize fund which will be decided by our expert panel.
     
    This year the categories are:
    • MidTECH Award for Best NHS-Developed Innovation
    • Economic Development Award 
    • Digital or Artificial Intelligence Innovation of the Year Award
    • Patient Safety Award 
    • Advanced Diagnostics, Genomics and Precision Medicine Award
    • Adoption of Innovation Award 
    • Meridian Award  

    A panel of experts will assess the entries, with shortlisted entries invited to attend the ceremony in July. As well as a trophy, winners will receive promotion of their win through print and digital channels, support from WMAHSN communications team to raise their profile, mentoring and support to adopt the innovation across the region and a winner’s logo for email signatures and websites.  Please click here to access the application form or click here to read the full criteria. This year we are asking for a 30 second video as part of your application, please see the video guidance for more information. 
     
    Simply complete the appropriate application form and return it to Tammy Holmes (tammy.holmes@wmahsn.org) by 12 noon on Friday 19thApril 2019 to apply 
  • 11 February, 2019 - 13:07
    Five Ways to Ideate Better in your Business for 2019
    IdeasUK are delighted to bring you the first of our series of Webinars for 2019, in conjunction with thier partners the Innovation Academy
     
    Five Ways to Ideate Better in your Business for 2019
     
    Ideation is the 3rd stage of the design thinking process, which involves generating ideas that help you and your organisation think broader when resolving customer problems and seeking new opportunities. 
     
    If you’re feeling stuck in old ways or simply looking for ways to improve, this 40-minute session will consider five methods to get you to that light bulb moment faster.  From brain writing techniques to how to avoid idea killers, by the end of the session you will be able to take these tools and apply them to quickly improve your innovation process. 
     
    Date & Time
    Tuesday 26th February 2019 at 10:00 - 10:45am GMT (13:00 Middle East Time)
     
    Who should attend? 
    Innovation champions, marketing, communication, product or process managers - this webinar provides you with fresh insights which may be exactly what you need to refresh your innovation process. 
     
    Presenter
    Grant Vernon has been delivering public and in-company training for over 10 years, with excellent feedback received from delegates worldwide. He has coached some of the biggest names in the industry including Vodafone, MTN, Etisalat, Zain, and Vodacom, as well as other blue chip clients such as Arcelor Mittal, ABSA, Nedbank and Standard Bank, General Motors SA, NPC Cimpor and the South African Revenue Services. He is also a guest presenter at four South African Universities and Business Schools.
     
    Get Involved
    In addition we are looking for two organisations to share their ideation methods towards the end of the webinar – be that brainstorming or alternate ideation methods.  You will have up to 5 minutes at the end of the session, so if you are keen to get involved and share your experiences, please get in touch ASAP, as would be great to share practical experiences too.
     
    Register Now!
    Please register now using the following link:
    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/529307492943413005?source=IdeasUK
  • 8 February, 2019 - 16:16
    New leadership team set to deliver healthcare innovation in West Midlands
    The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) has announced the formation of a new and innovative leadership team with the appointment of four strategic roles.

    The leadership team and the WMAHSN’s new operational structure reflect the priorities of the new five-year licence period for the WMAHSN, which was approved by NHS England last year as part of a ten-year vision to drive health innovation and stimulate economic growth.

    Tony Davis, previously the Commercial Director with the WMAHSN, now becomes the Director of Innovation and Economic Growth. Dr John Williams will be joining the AHSN as the new Director of Academic Scienceand Kate Hall joins as the new Director of Implementation and Adoption. Rob Chesters will support them as the new WMAHSN Chief Operating Officer.

    John and Kate will be joining the WMAHSN for two-days-a-week and will be continuing their current roles at Birmingham Health Partners and UCL Partners respectively. 

    Professor Michael Sheppard, Chair, WMAHSN said:  “The new appointments are great additions to the WMAHSN, each one recognised regionally and nationally for their contribution to healthcare and healthcare innovation.“ 

    “WMAHSN’s ambition is to stimulate the health and wealth of our region through innovation and so we wanted to take an innovative approach to our leadership model, creating a strong, high profile team that reflects the priorities of our new five-year licence and confidently navigates any challenges ahead.”

    Initially set up in 2013 to encourage health innovation and stimulate economic growth, the national AHSN Network is made up of 15 regional organisations. In its first five years, the WMAHSN supported 3,000 companies and supported projects in 770 sites across the West Midlands that benefitted nearly 70,000 people. 

    Tony Davis was with the WMAHSN on its establishment in 2013.  As Commercial Director he has been leading on wealth creation and the innovation pipeline development for the organisation. Before his role at the AHSN, Tony was the CEO of Medilink West Midlands Ltd and the Chair of Medilink UK, promoting the life sciences industry to government organisations and helping SMEs in the marketplace to grow their business.

    Dr John Williams has enjoyed an extensive career in the biomedical sector encompassing both research and the professional sector. In addition to his new role at WMAHSN he remains Managing Director for Birmingham Health Partners, a strategic alliance that seeks through the effective use of it capabilities in translational medicine to accelerate the development of and access to drugs, devices, diagnostics and other interventions to deliver better treatments and care to patients in the region.

    Kate Hall started her NHS career a ward clerk and since then has worked within and managed many hospital services. She has an extensive background as a senior manager having worked in a number of senior operational roles and is particularly interested in building capability for leadership and improvement, methods for effective implementation and adoption and sustainability of change.

    Rob Chesters was previously the Senior Innovation and Research Manager at NHS England, within the Innovation, Research and Life Sciences Group. Prior to that, Rob was a Senior Innovation Manager at the NHS National Innovation Centre, part of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. He has a background in Innovation policy and adoption and has led the introduction of a wide range of technologies into the NHS. Robs is also experienced in Industrial Design specialising in Medical Product design, Assisted Living and Inclusive Design.

    The new structure will come into effect in April 2019.
  • 18 January, 2019 - 11:04
    Patient Safety Awards 2019
    Does your innovative solution for improving patient safety need a platform to grow? 

    There are now three new categories for the 2019 Patient Safety Awards showcasing your pioneering new technologies, successful partnerships and original ideas.
    These categories are open to private enterprise as well as the NHS and partnerships between the two. 
     
    Need help with your entries?
    Remember, the deadline for entry submissions is 8 February 2019The Entry Guide should provide you some ideas and inspiration on how to approach the process.

    For all your queries about entering, contact Syed Ali on +44 (0)207 608 9072 or on syed.ali@wilmingtonhealthcare.com.