A £1.6m centre of excellence has been launched in Northern Ireland to help commercialise innovative technology and concepts developed within the health service.
The Health and Social Care (HSC) Innovations Centre of Excellence aims to provide innovation management services and exploit the intellectual property (IP) assets developed from employee innovations and ideas arising from research and healthcare delivery.
The centre will identify and explore opportunities to obtain, protect and use these IP assets, through patent applications and design rights. The initiative will identify new technologies and services to create commercial opportunities, plus possible collaborations with local businesses and spinout companies. The intention is to bring potential products to market that will improve patient care.
The HSC will also deliver training on previous IP assets and how they have been successfully applied to equipment, such as the world’s first mobile defibrillator which was created in Belfast in 1965.
The initiative is supported by Invest Northern Ireland through its successful Centres of Excellence programme. The Health and Social Care (HSC) Innovations Centre of Excellence project will be delivered by the Clinical Research Support Centre (CRSC) based at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. The CRSC provides support for research carried out in the health service across Northern Ireland and is hosted by the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust (BHSCT).
The project is also funded through the HSC Research and Development Office and the Public Sector Research Exploitation (PSRE) fund, a programme of the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills.