Innovative Health Working Group Opportunities & Events


Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up
  • Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Health and Life Sciences sector
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Venturefest West Midlands is Back!
  • When: 4th July
  • Where: NEC, Birmingham
  • Calling All Exhibitors – secure your stand
    • Special Offer on Venturefest stands:
    • As the aims of Venturefest WM on 4th July are so aligned to IAWM’s aims, we are making FIVE exhibition stands available at a discounted price to any organisation on one or more of our working groups on a first come, first serve basis. Instead of £750, we will let you exhibit for only £585! If you get this e-mail direct, you are eligible.
    • If you want to take advantage of this great stakeholder offer, please contact as soon as possible as there are only five special offer stands available.
  • Registration now open
  • Check out how the programme is developing
  • Read more here
State-of-the-art Imaging for Drug Safety and Efficacy Insights
  • How can imaging help your drug discovery projects?
    • Understand therapeutic effects of drugs over time
    • Measure the distribution of your lead molecule
    • Understand safety and efficacy end-points
    • Validate translational biomarkers
  • Medicines Discovery Catapult offering:
    • PET, CT optical and high frequency ultrasound imaging
    • Mass Spectrometry Imaging
    • Molecular Pathology
    • Spatial transcriptomics
    • Biomarker insights
    • A specialist team with expertise in protocol design, image acquisition, image analyses and interpretation, reporting, and manuscript preparations
  • This unique combination of pre-clinical imaging capabilities and expertise provides deeply informative, integrated datasets for better project decision making.
  • 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
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TOMORROW: Med Tech Innovation Expo
  • 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
The Future's Bright: the future's public health
  • When: 6 June
  • Where: University of Wolverhampton
  • In this lecture Professor Middleton will look at some of the epic public health campaigns of the past. What do these stories teach us about the future role of public health? In clinical services we can save lives, one by one; in public health we can save lives in millions.
  • Read more here
Strength in Places Fund Wave 2
  • When: 7 June
  • You can now register your interest in attending a briefing event to learn more about the second round of the Strength in Places Fund.
  • SIPF funds collaborative projects between businesses and research organisations, acting in local geographies and backed by relevant local stakeholders, to support innovation-led local growth across any technological area, sector or research area.
  • Read more here
14th Annual Health Conference 2019 at the STEAMhouse
  • When: 2 July
  • Where: STEAMhouse, Birmingham
  • A celebration of contemporary health research within BCU!
  • The conference will include presentations, workshops and round table discussions on health related research.
  • Presentations will be led by Professors of Nursing, Public Health, Research Fellows, Lecturers and students – covering a wide range of health topics.
  • A mental health perspective within the conference includes a discussion on ‘Democratic Mental Health’.
  • Read more here
Meridian Celebration of Innovation Event and Awards 2019
  • When: 18 July
  • Where: Park Regis, Birmingham
  • The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) invites you to attend their Annual Awards Evening
  • The awards reflect the WMAHSN's dual aim of improving health and creating wealth, as well as the organisation's key priorities and themes
  • Read more here
The Natural Health Expo
  • When: 21 July
  • Where: Birmingham City Football Club
  • The Natural Health Expo is on for 2019! We hope to have many attendees and over lots of great exhibitors and it’s going to be exciting.
  • This expo is about showcasing the very best in natural health to the general public. Every aspect of health will be there from food to natural health products, representatives from the health and wellness industry will be there – ortho-biological medicines, books, naturopaths, health practitioners, music and so much more.
  • This one-of-a-kind event gathers those passionate about living better, healthy lives, creating a better world, gaining greater mindfulness and meaning in our modern age.
  • Read more here
Launch: Institute for Mental Health and Centre for Human Brain Health
  • When: 24 September
  • Where: Edgbaston Park Hotel
  • The two-day event will feature an exciting programme of keynote presentations from world-leading experts in mental health and brain research, including an official opening reception to inaugurate the new Centre for Human Brain Health with exclusive tours of the new facilities.
  • You will have the opportunity to hear from early career mental health and brain researchers and also gain insight from the Institute for Mental Health's Youth Advisory Group.
  • Read more here


Chairs Blog: Think Big: No Time for Small Goals
  • Estonia’s President, Kersti Kaljulaid, recently addressed the United Nations saying “Small nations have no time for small goals — they have to think big in order to become contributors.”
  • Can this be the same in business? Unless we think big, how can we make the impact and contribution we know our businesses are capable of?
  • Read more here
Resource: Innovation & Adoption Toolkit
  • The West Midlands AHSN has created a toolkit to allow leaders in an organisation to identify and overcome barriers to the adoption of innovation. This should lead to an organisation that is more readily able to identify, prioritise, implement and realise the benefit of innovation, helping more evenly spread the future.
  • Read more here