From Sarah Haywood, MedCity’s CEO

Following last month’s launch of DigitalHealth.London, the initiative is going full steam ahead with a series of events to introduce its work to SMEs. There are some fundamental questions we need to answer in order to create a clear path to NHS adoption for digital health innovators, including what evidence of safety and efficacy looks like, what standards should be applied to technologies such as apps, how young, fast-growing companies manage procurement, and how digital technology is reimbursed. These are big issues but ones that everyone involved, from the academic health science networks to NICE and Public Health England, are enthusiastic about and committed to resolving. We expect that the Government’s AAR (Accelerated Access Review) will say more about these issues over the next few months but there is a clear role for us in helping to address them. You can see more about information events for DigitalHealth.London‘s accelerator programme below.

MedTechSouthEast companies shortlisted for nationwide awards

The 2016 AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards have recognised the innovative ideas of three companies working with MedCity and Design Council through MedTechSouthEast – a new programme to help medtech entrepreneurs develop and commercialise products focused on independent living.

The three shortlisted companies are GyroGear, developing a glove to counteract hand tremor, Walk With Path, developing ‘laser shoes’ to tackle ‘freezing of gait’, and AAN Medical, creating an automated, no-touch device that sprays medication onto a target joint.

Also on the shortlist is StepJockey, a digital health company that last year raised £60k through Angels in MedCity.
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DigitalHealth.London Accelerator – intro events for SMEs

Companies who were unable to make the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator Information Day earlier this month can find out about the application process (opening soon) at a series of webinars through March and April.
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UK digital health showcases at SXSW

UK companies setting the agenda in medtech and digital health showed off their diverse solutions to a range of health challenges at this year’s SXSW Festival. Companies joining UKTI’s GREAT Britain House included Touch Surgery, a mobile surgical simulator for trainee surgeons, and AppAttic, which is gamifying health and medication use to motivate users to keep to meet their goals.

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UK and Japan sign new cell therapy agreement

A new agreement between the UK BioIndustry Association and Japan’s Forum for Innovative Regenerative Medicine will promote collaboration and information sharing and enable companies in the two countries to work together. The work was led by UCL’s Professor Chris Mason, Chair of the BIA’s Cell Therapy Advisory Committee, who joined MedCity’s delegation to Japan in October 2015.
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Read about MedCity’s 2015 cell and gene therapy trade delegation to Japan

Grow globally with Mayor’s International Business Programme

MedCity is delighted to be a strategic partner of the Mayor’s International Business Programme, launched in February to help high growth businesses in London’s life sciences, technology and urban sectors to expan internationally.
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HealthTech Challenge

HealthTech Challenge is a business idea competition from London Business School, UCL, and the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship that awards £10,000 funding to the winning team. The competition is open to everyone, though each team must have one member associated with an academic institution either as a reseacher or postgraduate student. The deadline for applications is 31 March.
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BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnerships

CTPs co-invest in training for PhD students in mutually beneficial research collaborations between academic and partner organisations. The deadline for the current round of applications is 25 May.
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Coming up
Innovation in Immunotherapy, Innovation Forum, 11 April 2016
Exporting is GREAT Week, UKTI, 18-22 April 2016
Vulnerability to cyber attacks in the life sciences sector, BIA, 19 May 2016

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MedCity was established in April 2014 by the Mayor of London with the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the capital’s three Academic Health Science Centres – Imperial College Academic Health Centre, King’s Health Partners and UCL Partners.

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