An Imperial-led programme that helps medical know-how innovation goals to take its mannequin throughout the UK with new funding from Analysis England.
MedTech SuperConnector (MTSC), which empowers researchers to translate analysis from the humanities and sciences into early-stage medical applied sciences, goals to take its mannequin to establishments throughout the nation after Analysis England right this moment introduced it was awarding the programme £3.44 million in follow-on funding as a part of a brand new spherical of awards from its Connecting Functionality Fund.
The SuperConnector units itself aside from different accelerator programmes by focusing totally on supporting improvements and researchers on the pre-tech switch stage of their journey. Hiten Thakrar Head of MTSC
MTSC will proceed to supply researchers at eight London establishments coaching and sources to develop gadgets and instruments to help affected person well being and wellbeing, which have beforehand included smart textiles to improve limb function in stroke patients and a robotic liner for prosthetic limbs.
The programme can even develop formidable plans to increase to universities and areas throughout the nation, supported by on-line coaching sources it’s growing along with the Imperial College Business School.
The plans will enable areas outdoors London the chance to profit from MTSC’s insights and improvements within the medical know-how (medtech) acceleration area. The programme was launched in 2018 with a remit not solely to help new ventures however to develop and disseminate finest observe approaches to medtech acceleration, an space that’s comparatively underdeveloped within the UK in comparison with closely invested areas akin to prescription drugs.
The plans will enable areas outdoors London the chance to profit from MTSC’s insights and improvements.
Hiten Thakrar, Head of MedTech SuperConnector, mentioned: “We’re actually excited to construct on our progress to date. Scaling the programme with a set of on-line sources, and dealing nationally, will actually assist create extra analysis and innovation for good.
The SuperConnector units itself aside from different accelerator programmes by focusing totally on supporting improvements and researchers on the pre-tech switch stage of their journey. This method permits us to develop applied sciences and researchers from various backgrounds and discover information methods of bringing revolutionary medtech out of the lab to assist affect affected person’s lives.”
The brand new developments will enable the programme to construct on the successes it has had since its launch in 2018. Since its inception, its members have launched 11 new startups, created 24 new jobs and acquired £7.24 million in grants and VC funding to develop their applied sciences.
Individuals are notable for coming from a variety of educational backgrounds, not solely medication and bioengineering but additionally fields akin to textiles and efficiency science. In a single notable success, the Royal School of Music is commercialising its first ever know-how, a digital platform for enhancing the performance of medical practitioners. Different improvements embody a therapeutic musical trumpet which video games while capturing very important information on persistent respiratory circumstances.
Individuals come from a variety of educational backgrounds, not solely medication or bioengineering. In a single success, the Royal School of Music is commercialising its first ever know-how.
Dr Simon Hepworth, Director of Enterprise at Imperial School London, mentioned: “MedTech SuperConnector is offering researchers with the sources and business understanding they should translate educational insights into profitable applied sciences and make an actual distinction with their analysis. It’s additionally adopting an revolutionary and evidence-based method of its personal to determine the fashions of entrepreneurship help that basically work. That is essential if we’re to maintain bringing applied sciences out of labs and into the world. I’m delighted that the SuperConnector crew will now have the chance to take their learnings to the remainder of the nation.”
Uncover the programme
MTSC just lately relaunched its web site with details about the programme and present ventures.
It’s at present inviting early-career researchers at its eight associate establishments to use to be a part of its subsequent cohort, which is able to start in November 2021 and provide six months of coaching, help and funding to translate analysis into medical know-how ventures. The appliance deadline is 5 September 2021.
Data periods in August will provide researchers the prospect to be taught extra concerning the programme earlier than making use of.
The associate establishments are: Queen Mary College of London, Bucks New College, The Francis Crick Institute, Imperial School London, Royal School of Artwork, Royal School of Music, Institute of Most cancers Analysis and Royal Veterinary School.
Innovation at Imperial
The programme is one in all many companies that Imperial presents to assist translate educational insights into world-changing applied sciences, startups and business initiatives. These actions are facilitated by the School’s Enterprise Division.