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£10 million to improve patient care with new tech
BEIS has announced that a new £10 million scheme will give leading researchers and businesses the chance to work together to help those facing life-threatening conditions.
Life Sciences Minister Nadhim Zahawi launched the new Innovation Scholars Scheme to support secondments for academics to develop new technologies and techniques to help NHS patients as soon as possible.
The scheme offers investment to support collaboration in life sciences between researchers and industry, and will include developing new healthcare wearable technologies such as smartwatches and monitors, diagnostic devices like mobile health units, and new personalised medicines based on patients’ genetic information.
The government has also announced six new locations that have been awarded the prestigious designation of Life Science Opportunity Zone (LSOZ), which will be able to attract investment from national and international businesses linking research expertise with business skills.
The new LSOZs are: Stevenage Advanced Therapies Campus, Hertfordshire; Birmingham Life Sciences Park, West Midlands; Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire; Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridgeshire; Porton Science Park, Wiltshire; and Discovery Park, Sandwich, Kent.
Zahawi said: “The UK is home to one of the strongest, most vibrant health and life science industries globally, with discoveries and improvements in health diagnosis transforming people’s lives. Collaboration is vital to growing this sector and this new £10 million scheme will support the exchanging of ideas, knowledge and skills between researchers and businesses while encouraging strong collaboration with them, the NHS and the government.”