A Healthcare and Bioscience innovation network (iNet) has been launched for the east midlands, bringing together businesses, universities and public sector organisations
Developed by the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and East Midlands Innovation, the regional Science, Innovation and Industry Council, it is the first of four industry sector specific networks that are being designed to support innovation and improve the competitiveness of businesses in the region. Over £20m is being invested in four iNets, with others being established in food and drink, sustainable construction and transport equipment.
The Healthcare and Bioscience iNet is being managed by Medilink East Midlands, which was established four years ago to support the needs of the region’s businesses in those sectors. The launch of the iNet took place as part of their Innovation Day, which was attended by a range of pioneering Healthcare and Bioscience businesses.
In addition to emda, the other healthcare and bioscience iNet partners include BioCity, bioKneX, East Midlands NHS Innovation Hub, Loughborough University, Nottingham Trent University, Derby University, Leicester University and Nottingham University. The iNet also has national linkages through the Health Technologies Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and the Medilink network.
The iNet will operate from the £7.2 million BioCity facility in Nottingham, which is a centre of excellence in the bio-pharmaceutical and life science industry.
In another initiative to develop innovation in the region, emda has also this week launched a £4m fund as part of a new Technology Framework for the East Midlands, to support investment in innovative technology projects.