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  • 18 January, 2019 - 09:39
    Opportunities, Funding and Events
    OPPORTUNITIES 

    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 
    • More information can be found here. 
    Biomedical Catalyst 2019 round 1: feasibility and primmer awards
    • UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £3 million to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific idea to solve a healthcare challenge 
    • The aim of the Biomedical Catalyst is to support the development of innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. These can include: disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions; earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes; tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures 
    • Opens: 21st January
    • Closes: 3rd April 12.00pm. 
    • More information here. 
    DIATOMIC Second Open Call
    • DIATOMIC provides €1,610,000 in equity-free funding in its Design-Develop-Market program.
    • The call for proposals (Application Experiments) is open until 31st January.
    • DIATOMIC seeks innovative solutions to challenges from health, agrifood, and manufacturing sectors, using electronic components, sensors, smart objects and systems. Through its network of digital innovation hubs, DIATOMIC provides technological support to accelerate application development.
    • Read more here 
    Smart City Expo World Congress 2019 – Call for Speakers
    • The Smart City Expo World Congress is the leading event for cities, the place where the future of cities is discussed and the most inspiring ideas for exploring our urban future are brought to stage. 
    • Since its first edition in 2011, it has succeeded in becoming a referential global meeting point for governments, companies, social entrepreneurs and research centres in order to strengthen capacities, increase collaboration and share inspiration for supporting the improved development of our cities.
    • The 2018 Call for Speakers was a resounding success, with more than 550 proposals from 50 countries, an 80% increase from the 2017 edition. Next year they want to ensure another powerful Congress and continue to generate synergies and provoke discussion, so they need the best ideas on stage – do you want to share your voice at this global platform?
    • Read more here
    Nominations for the Digital Leaders 100 2019 are now open
    • The Digital Leaders 100 Awards (DL100) are back for a 7th year! These awards recognise individuals and organisations who demonstrate a pioneering and sustainable approach to digital transformation.
    • Digital Leaders are asking for nominations for people, projects, teams, innovations and organisations who are trailblazers in digital. You can nominate yourself or someone else.
    • Nominations close on 1 March 2019.
    • Read more here
    Chamber of Commerce free membership for start-ups
    • The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce currently has a limited number of free start-up memberships available for STEM businesses that have been trading for less than 12 months.
    • These are to help new businesses within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths arenas to gain valuable business support and to help with marketing and networking within the region. 
    • Please contact Lisa Jobins at l.jobins@birmingham-chamber.com or 07713 476807 / 0121 607 1928 if you know of anyone who may be interested. 
    EVENTS
     
    The new EU Medical Device & IVD Regulations: Implementation Insights Workshop 
    • The new EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) is in its implementation phase and will be effective from May 2020. All medical devices will need to comply with this new legislation. 
    • This one day event will provide you with an overview of the key areas likely to need upgrading to comply with the MDR/IVDR; assist you in assessing your company’s current preparedness for the transition; and give you a clear, practical guide to the next steps that you and your company need to take to gain CE Marking under the MDR/IVDR 
    • Date: 5th February 
    • Time: 10.00am.- 4.30pm. 
    • Location: Medilink West Midlands, 4 Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston, B15 3BE
    • More information can be found here. 
    Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2019
    • Registration is now open for Med-Tech Innovation Expo, the UK and Ireland’s leading showcase for medical design and manufacturing technology. 
    • Free-to-attend, this exciting event brings together the medical engineering and manufacturing community; more than 2000 companies from all areas of the medical device supply chain engaging with 4,000+ visitors across 2 action-packed days. 
    • Dates: 15th - 16th May 2019 
    • Location: NEC Birmingham, UK
    • More information here. 
    Midlands Business Network Expo
    • The Midlands Business Network Expo, taking place in Coventry on 1 February, will enable businesses to make valuable connections within the Midlands, generate new sales and promote their services.
    • The expo is a platform for B2B networking, PR & profile and business connectivity in the region.
    • The exhibition welcomes businesses from all across the Midlands, both SME and large strategic organisations, providing exhibitors and visitors alike with sales opportunities and business information.
    • Read more here
     
  • 15 January, 2019 - 12:29
    Funding: Testing new medical technologies in the NHS
    Funding: Testing new medical technologies in the NHS
    • Businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to support real-world testing of new medical devices, diagnostics and technologies in the NHS
    • Innovate UK and the Office of Life Sciences are working in partnership to invest in business projects that support the development of the new medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology 
    • This funding will help businesses to collect real-world evidence to support use of their innovations in the NHS, and will support either the development or design of plans for collection of data on clinical performance and cost effectiveness or studies that actually collect the data. 
    • It is aimed at SMEs that have developed and manufactured innovative healthtech, have gained a CE marking for it and have marketed it in the UK for less than 5 years.
    • Deadline: 30th January 
    • More information can be found here.   
  • 15 January, 2019 - 12:29
    Upcoming Events
    MD-TECH Connect (by The Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre)
    • MD-TEC Connect focuses on solutions for medical device and digital health companies looking to succeed in the healthcare sector. 
    • The day will consist of talks from industry professionals, covering topics such as accessing the NHS Supply Chain, touching on the Brexit debate and its implications. 
    • MD-TEC Connect will be highlighting the expertise and services available through the Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre, a unique facility that can support the development of your medical technology. 
    • Case studies from companies who have already benefited from the facility will showcase their experiences of working with MD-TEC and the value of the assistance received. 
    • This event is designed for SMEs based in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP. 
    • Date: 31st January 2019 
    • Time: 8:30am - 15:30pm. 
    • Location: The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre. Hill Street, Birmingham, B5 4EW
    • More information on how to book can be found here. 
    Innovation Event
    • Grant Thornton invite you to their upcoming Innovation Event, where they are going to discuss: the benefits of being an innovative business; how to adopt a robust R & D claim methodology; ensuring you maximise the value of your R & D claims; the availability of grants for project funding; the value of IP 
    • Presenters include: Steve Burgen (UK head of innovation, Grant Thornton), Asma R Aslam (Grant Expert, Grant Thornton), Laura Carney (Patent Attorney, Marks and Clerk) 
    • Date: 16th January 
    • Time: 8.00am.- 10.00am. 
    • Location: The Colemore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Birmingham, B4 6AT 
    • More information can be found here. 
    Medilink West Midlands: Medical & Healthcare Business Awards 2018 
    • Medilink West Midlands are hosting an evening of celebration and entertainment at the 2018 Medical&Healthcare Business Awards on Thursday 7th February 2019 
    • The evening will consist of plenty of networking opportunities 
    • Categories include: Start Up Award, Innovation Award, Partnership with the NHS Awards, and many more. 
    • More information, and details on how to apply for an award, can be found here.
    • Date: 7th February
    • Time: 5.30pm - 9pm
    • Location: Birmingham Conference & Events Centre, Hill Street, B5 4EW 
    Black Country Business Festival 
    • This years Black Country Business Festival is taking place from the 13-24th May
    • The Black Country Chamber of Commerce is encouraging as many local businesses as possible to get involved, as hosting an event will not only benefit your business, but will also play a part in the wider efforts to shine a light on the Black Country as a great place to do business 
    • More information can be found here. 
     
  • 9 January, 2019 - 13:16
    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 
     
  • 3 January, 2019 - 09:04
    MD-TEC Connect
    MD-TEC Connect focuses on solutions for medical device and digital health companies looking to succeed in the healthcare sector. The day will consist of talks from industry professionals, covering topics such as accessing the NHS Supply Chain and touching on the Brexit debate and it's implications.

    MD-TEC Connect will be highlighting the expertise and services available through the Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre, a unique facility that can support the development of your medical technology. Case studies from companies who have already benefited from the facility will showcase their experiences of working with MD-TEC and the value of the asistance received.

    Supported by the European Regional Development Fund 2016-2020, there are less than 12 months of funding remaining for eligible companies. Sign up desks and live 1:1 appointments with research and clinical professsionals will be accessible on the day to maximise your time. Register your interest today as both space and funding is limited *.

    For further information please click here or contact us at MDTEC@uhb.nhs.uk or call the team on 01213718540.

    *eligiblity criteria apply.
  • 24 December, 2018 - 11:52
    FUSE Programme 2019 - Enterprise for Women
    Enterprise for Women will deliver 10 enterprise awareness sessions, create 20 new starts, run workshops in financial confidence and provide intensive start-up support to 40 women through our dedicated in-house FUSE programme.

    If you’re a woman of BAME background seeking support to start your enterprise or social business, then apply for the programme here https://isecic.typeform.com/to/gYhFod  or find out more mariam.yate@i-se.co.uk 0121 771 1411
  • 24 December, 2018 - 10:42
    Grants available for SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: round 3
    The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) will work with Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £1.5 million in innovation projects. These will be to support developers of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology to evaluate their product in a real world clinical setting.
    You can choose from 2 options:
    1. Planning and preparation for a study. Project costs can be up to £50,000.
    2. A study to collect clinical performance and cost-effectiveness data. Project costs can be up to £250,000.
    All projects must be business led.
    This competition aims to provide support for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). We are looking for studies that aim to develop an evidence base for products that address NHS priorities. Our support will allow companies to collect and analyse clinical performance and cost effectiveness data in an NHS setting.
    You can work alone or collaborate with others as unfunded partners or sub-contractors. Only the lead partner can claim grant funding.
    If your project’s total costs or duration fall outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email tosupport@innovateuk.ukri.org at least 10 days before the competition closes. We will decide whether to approve your request.  Click here for further information.
  • 22 November, 2018 - 15:08
    Medilink West Midlands: Medical & Healthcare Business Awards 2018
    Medilink West Midlands invites you to join us for a evening of celebration and entertainment at the 2018 Medical & Healthcare Business Awards on Thursday 7 February 2019.

    Hosted at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre, a fabulous venue in central Birmingham, the evening will consist of plenty of networking opportunities and surprises along the way! Make sure you grab yourself a glass of wine and enjoy the festivities, before sitting down to a deliciously prepared 3 course meal.

    The Awards Ceremony will begin after the meal, where you will get the opportunity to meet each of the Awards Sponsors as they present the prestigious awards to each of our winners for the evening.

    Click here to view the agenda for the night.

    2018 MedilinkWM Medical and Healthcare Business Awards – The categories are:
    • Start Up Award (sponsored by Calthorpe Estates)
    • Innovation Award (sponsored by Marks & Clerk)
    • Partnership with the NHS Award (sponsored by WMAHSN)
    • Supply Chain Award 
    • Outstanding Achievement Award (sponsored by Medilink Midlands)
    For more information please click here. 
  • 13 November, 2018 - 09:28
    SAVE THE DATE - Secure your free place today
    Preventing AF-related strokes
    Delegates will discover innovative tools and solutions to overcome challenges in the AF care pathway, and opportunities to improve local population outcomes by preventing AF-related strokes.
    • Keynote talks, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities. 
    • Certificate of attendance available for 7 hours CPD.
    To register please click here. 

    Who should attend?
    Suitable for commissioners, primary and secondary care providers, STP leads, medicine optimisation and other key stakeholders, the event will highlight the wide range of tools available to support them via public bodies, charities and commercial companies.

    To find out more, please click here.
  • 13 November, 2018 - 09:23
    Latest funding opportunities
    NIHR HTA Programme - Topics considered for future commissioned research
    Details: The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme funds research about the clinical and cost effectiveness and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care from NHS and social care services. HTA research is undertaken where some evidence already exists to show that a technology can be effective and this needs to be compared to the current standard intervention to see which works best.

    The HTA Programme is considering the following topics for future commissioned research:

     *   Sodium bicarbonate for delay in labour<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=a4b7d61aa4&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Maternal intrapartum glycaemic control<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=ed1a31c595&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Peritoneal endometriosis: to treat or not?<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=f690b9eef3&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Deep infiltrating endometriosis<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=bdbe6eac71&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Diagnosis and management of heavy menstrual bleeding<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=476307fd36&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Biomarkers for brain injury<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=6d88139aa0&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Repair of hand flexor tendon injury<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=b78ba3c9b4&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Anaesthesia for arteriovenous fistula<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=8bdb5d00b8&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Thoracolumbar spine evaluation following blunt trauma<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=8cd8bbde53&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Strategies in older people's care settings to prevent infection<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=a265643842&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Monitoring and follow-up for adults with hearing loss post intervention<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=4e65804c88&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Frequency of blood tests for inflammatory condition<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=1e80beed92&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Antioxidant supplement to slow AMD progression<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=7e76a14f76&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    The likely advert date for this topic, if prioritised, is the end of March 2019. However, please note this is an indicative date, which may change or may not be advertised.

    NIHR primary research topic - 18/173 Digital technologies to improve health and care
    Details: Due to the scope of this call the NIHR expect to receive applications which span the remit of more than one of the participating programmes (EME, HTA, HS&DR and PHR). To enable applicants to develop their research proposal without concern for individual programme remits, applications will be submitted to one cross programme team, rather than to individual programmes. The NIHR is accepting stage 1 applications for the above primary research topic.

    Deadline for proposals: 1pm on 19th March 2019

    Find out more here<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=37a61f1b2a&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    NIHR HS&DR Programme - New commissioned calls
    Details: The HS&DR Programme aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services.

    The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstreams:

     *   18/175 Precision medicine<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=bab1539bce&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   18/174 End of life care<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=bdf6924a76&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    Deadline for proposals: 1pm on 19th March 2019

    Find out more here<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=a71f7690a9&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    NIHR HTA Programme - New primary research topics
    Details: The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme funds research about the clinical and cost effectiveness and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care from NHS and social care services. HTA research is undertaken where some evidence already exists to show that a technology can be effective and this needs to be compared to the current standard intervention to see which works best.

    The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications for the following primary research topics:

     *   18/177 End of life care<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=e6780f70ad&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   18/176 Precision medicine<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=5a8d64bad9&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    Deadline for proposals: 1pm on 19th March 2019

    Find out more here<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=180aef4ca8&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    NIHR PHR Programme - New primary research topic
    Details: The PHR Programme funds research to generate evidence to inform the delivery of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. Our scope is multi-disciplinary and broad, covering a wide range of interventions that improve public health.

    The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications for this primary research topic:

     *   18/179 End of life care<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=257b79be97&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    Deadline for proposals: 1pm on 19th March 2019

    Find out more here<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=1f72df530a&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    NIHR EME Programme - New primary research topics
    Details: The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) programme funds ambitious studies evaluating interventions with potential to make a step-change in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care. Within these studies, EME supports research in the mechanisms of diseases and treatments. EME is a partnership between the MRC and NIHR.

    The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme is accepting stage 1 applications for the following primary research topics:

     *   18/167 End of life care<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=4728034a94&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   18/168 Precision medicine<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=0e5d86a8a2&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    Deadline for proposals: 1pm on 19th March 2019

    Find out more here<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=0b57326406&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship
    Details: The MRC CSF develops talented medically and other clinically qualified professionals who have gained a higher research degree to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition to independent investigator.

    A CSF provides funding for a challenging research programme and an ambitious programme of research training which offers accelerated personal and career development.

    Deadline for proposals: 4pm on 10th January 2019

    Find out more here<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=ec021481ae&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    Abbeyfield Research Foundation - Research for older people
    Details: The Abbeyfield Society began funding peer-reviewed research in 2013/4. In 2015 the decision was taken to launch a new, separate independent charity, The Abbeyfield Research Foundation, in recognition of the large volume of good quality applications and to establish a more substantial funding base.

    The Abbeyfield Research Foundation will support research that:

     *   Provides and/or implements evidence underpinning supported housing and care delivery;
     *   Effectively crosses boundaries between organisations, services and professions.

    The following identified research priorities for the 2018/19 round are provided as a clear steer for potential applicants:
     *   The assessment of need
     *   Quality and innovation in supported housing and care provision

    Deadline for proposals: 5pm on 11th January 2019

    Find out more here<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=456484b6a5&e=1c1dd6c8cf>