Health

Health is critical to our wellbeing as individuals, plays a key role in societal and economic advances, and presents many opportunities for environmental impact. Innovations in health & care allow us to alleviate suffering, increase quality of life and life expectancy, and manage the needs of a changing and ageing population.

Health

The “Health sector” which delivers these innovations is diverse and covers a wide range of business activities. KTN covers the whole sector by focusing on the broad sub sectors of Medicines, Medical Technology and Digital Health. The logic behind this focus is that each of the sub-sectors is a significant sector in its own right and has distinct characteristics. The Health team at KTN has considerable experience of working in these sub-sectors and of driving cross-sector working to facilitate positive change.

KTN’s Medimap provides a dynamic representation of the UK’s end-to-end medicines supply chain covering organisations involved in the discovery, development and manufacture of medicines, as well as those supporting the sector.

Our Health Funding Map, developed with the BioIndustry Association (BIA), will help in the navigation of the complicated world of medical and health innovation funding. You can find links to, details of, and further information on many funding schemes covering a wide variety of health areas.

Our current focus in this area

The digital health and care sub-sector is characterised by a large number of small companies developing technology across the health spectrum.

The medicines sector is characterised by a few large pharmaceutical companies and a large number of SME “biotech” companies.

Medical technologies touch all of our lives – from pregnancy testing and ultrasound scans before birth; through wound care products for childhood injuries; to diagnostic imaging systems and therapeutic implants for disease in adults.

The application of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning to the field of health represents a major opportunity for the UK. AI is a powerful tool that can be applied across industry sectors to solve specific challenges. The application of these tools in Health requires a mutual understanding between the AI and Health communities.

The Microbiome Innovation Network (formerly SIG) aims to accelerate the commercialisation of microbiome-based products and services in the UK and create a vibrant community by connecting industry and academia.

From bioelectronic medicine that treat chronic diseases, to brain-computer interfaces that help stroke rehabilitation, neurotechnology will play an increasingly important role in meeting some of the challenges of an ageing society.

Related Opportunities

Digitalisation and Automation of Medicines R&D and Manufacture

Opens: 07/11/2022 Closes: 21/12/2022

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £5 million. This is to support digitalised and automated technology innovation and implementation for pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.

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Longitude Prize on Dementia: helping people with dementia retain their independence

Opens: 01/09/2022 Closes: 26/01/2023

The Longitude Prize on Dementia will drive the creation of personalised, technology-based tools that are co-created with people living with the early stages of dementia, helping them live independent, more fulfilled lives so they are able to do the things they enjoy.

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BBSRC-STFC facility access funding for bioscience partnerships

Opens: 28/11/2022 Closes: 06/01/2023

Businesses looking to solve industrially-relevant research and innovation challenges are invited to form bioscience partnerships, using the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s skills, expertise, capabilities and world class facilities.

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SBRI healthcare challenge: How do we improve access to information for relatives of patients?

Opens: 21/11/2022 Closes: 14/12/2022

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and other Health Boards across Wales are looking for innovative solutions to help improve access to information for relatives of patients whilst their loved ones are in hospital and reduce the demand on staff time.

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SBRI challenge: How can we improve the ergonomics for Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons while performing Endoscopic Ear Surgery?

Opens: 21/11/2022 Closes: 14/12/2022

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and other Health Boards across Wales are looking for innovative solutions that can improve the ergonomics for Ear Nose and Throat Surgeons while performing Endoscopic Ear Surgery.

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SBRI challenge: Safe and Ethical Disposal of Nitrous Oxide and Entonox Medical Gases

Opens: 21/11/2022 Closes: 14/12/2022

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and other Health Boards across Wales are looking for innovators to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions that for the safe disposal of nitrous oxide, in partially filled cylinders and/or post-consumption.

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Health Funding Map

Health Funding Map

The map was developed by KTN and the BioIndustry Association (BIA) with the help of a wide range of funders. It helps in the navigation of the complicated world of health innovation funding.

Medimap: End-to-end medicines supply chain map

Medimap: End-to-end medicines supply chain map

Medimap is a new interactive reference tool for the UK medicines sector, mapping and categorising over 3,000 sites of organisations engaged in or supporting the end-to-end supply chain for medicines.

Neurotechnology Landscape

Neurotechnology Landscape

Neurotechnology is the application of electronics and engineering to the human nervous system and ranges from the measurement of the whole brain through technologies such as electroencephalography to the stimulation of a single nerve using bioelectronic medicines.

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