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Accelerating medical technology innovation

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Our dedicated team of Technology Innovation Managers will work in partnership with your Technology Transfer Offices to assist you to accelerate your medical technology development towards commercialisation.

Each project we develop in partnership draws on a range of resources, tools and perspectives led by our project delivery team.  We will connect complementary expertise from across the region and beyond to design, develop and deliver innovative medical technologies. We provide:

  • Dedicated support for Technology Transfer Offices from experienced, sector specific Technology Innovation Managers
  • Assessment of market and regulatory requirements
  • Development of detailed project plans that consider all of the factors that could impair successful development of the technology
  • Targeted funding applications to progress innovation
  • Support for due diligence, intellectual property strategy and commercial exploitation
  • Opportunities for clinical engagement to identify real need for new technologies
  • Access to our networks through attendance, exhibition at, and sponsorship of Medical Technologies events
  • Promotion and profiling of medical technologies research in the region

If you have a potential project, get in touch.

Technology Accelerator Packages – funding available

Translate has funding available to offer Technology Accelerator Packages, providing financial and in-kind support worth up to £13,000 per package to aid the successful translation of existing academic research projects – find out more at the bottom of this page.

Closing dates:
Round I: 31st May 2017
Round II: 31st July 2017

Co-Development Packages – funding available

Up to £14,000 of support is available per package for clinicians, industry representatives and academics to develop workshops – creating new opportunities to co-develop and progress new medical technologies – find out more at the bottom of this page.

Closing dates:
Round I: 31st May 2017
Round II: 31st July 2017

Developing innovation capacity

Through Translate, we are enhancing and embedding medical technologies innovation know-how across the Leeds City Region.

We are delivering targeted innovation development programmes through workshops, mentoring and secondments to enhance innovation awareness, understanding and capacity. The programmes will be provided to PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff, and technology transfer teams within our partner universities. For further information visit our Translate: Me page.

If you are a member of academic staff at one of our partner HEIs with an interest in Medical Technology innovation, get in touch.

Do you have an idea or existing medical technology that would benefit from additional support and clinical, patient, or public involvement?

Up to £130,000 of support is available for academics in the Leeds City Region to progress their medical technology research projects closer to market.

Translate has funding available to offer Technology Accelerator Packages, providing financial and in-kind support worth up to £13,000 per package to aid the successful translation of existing academic research projects.  Up to 10 packages will be offered in total.

The funding will support early stage validation and de-risking of technologies: conducting early stage market and opportunity validation, ensuring there is a clear need for a new technology, and that the technology is designed to meet the demands of the end user from the outset.  This accelerates technologies towards commercialisation or clinical adoption, and assists in attracting external funding or investment.

The Translate Technology Accelerator Package can support:

  • Holding patient, carer, and public consultation workshops to identify and validate the need for a particular project or technology
  • Holding clinical consultation workshops with clinicians and healthcare professionals to validate the need for a particular project or technology
  • Holding consultation or technology showcase workshops with regional and national representative bodies– including clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), NHS organisations, representative networks, large charities, and regional third sector organisations
  • Further support may be available to pursue specific project opportunities through:
    • Developing technology road maps and routes to commercialisation
    • Market and opportunity analysis
    • IP landscaping and advice on IP protection
    • Confidentiality agreements and non-confidential disclosures
    • Regulatory pathway guidance
    • Links to potential commercial and industrial partners
    • Identification and assistance applying for external funding
    • Project planning and work plan development

Closing dates:
Round I: 31st May 2017
Round II: 31st July 2017

For further information download the full Technology Accelerator Package call document (opens word doc in a new window) and application form (opens word doc in a new window).

Do you have an unmet clinical need, market opportunity, or product concept that you would like to collaboratively explore further?

Up to £84,000 of support is available for clinicians, industry representatives and academics to develop workshops – creating new opportunities to co-develop and progress new medical technologies.

Translate has funding available to offer Technology Co-Development Packages, providing financial and in-kind support worth up to £14,000 per package.  Up to six packages will be offered in total.

Applications are encouraged from:

  • Clinicians or healthcare professionals with an unmet clinical need, who are seeking academic and industrial partners to assist in co-developing solutions
  • Industry with a specific market opportunity or clinical need, seeking collaborative R&D with academics and clinicians (we can provide assistance with ensuring NDAs are in place to ensure effective discussions)
  • Academics wishing to explore applications of their technology, who are seeking clinical and industrial partners to assist with identifying potential opportunities and routes to market

The Technology Co-Development Packages focus on delivering workshops that address specific unmet needs or opportunities.  Ideas and solutions will be developed in the workshops, which will then be followed up and supported afterwards.

Closing dates:
Round I: 31st May 2017
Round II: 31st July 2017

For further information download the full Technology Co-Development Package call document (opens word doc in a new window) and application form (opens word doc in a new window).