The Angel Alliance has received £2.6m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to improve science and engineering innovations in the field of healthcare technology.
The project, known as ‘Crossing the Clinical Boundary’, intends to minimise the time it takes for innovative products to come into use by industry and to facilitate collaborative programmes between researchers and businesses.
Over the next three years, the Knowledge Transfer Account (KTA) will be used to boost university research and allow the results to be applied commercially to the healthcare industry.
Current technologies patented by the universities include a sensor that uses a patient’s sweat to diagnose cystic fibrosis, computer software to increase protection of medical data and imaging agents for use in MRI scanning.
Prof Chris Higgins, vice-chancellor of Durham University, said: ‘This award demonstrates the genuine partnership the two universities have now forged, which enables us to best exploit ideas generated from our research activities to benefit the economy and jobs in the north east and beyond.’Prof Chris Brink, vice-chancellor of