UWTSD part of new programme set to accelerate health innovation in Wales


A programme to help bring together clinical, academic and business expertise to develop new products and services for the Welsh health care system has been launched by the leading organisation for health innovation in Wales.

Life Sciences Hub Wales launched the ACCELERATE programme at their industry event on 2 July. The funding will help to ensure that the life sciences sector in Wales continues to thrive and that the emphasis is put on patient benefits. Life Sciences Hub Wales will lead on ACCELERATE and work in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), Cardiff University and Swansea University.

£24m of funding comes jointly from the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government as well as universities and health boards over three years. A further 9m of Welsh Government funding will be used to create additional health innovation centres across Wales.

UWTSD has welcomed the programme. Professor Ian Walsh, Dean of Swansea College of Art at UWTSD said: The University’s Assistive Technology Innovation Centre has a demonstrable track-record in providing practice-based research and development to support medical companies and healthcare related charities.

Our work is primarily human-centred and design-led which enables our researchers to apply creative interventions to improve health and wellbeing.

We already have an established partnership with Cerebra, a leading research charity which works to support children with neurological conditions. The Cerebra Innovation Centre has developed a number of bespoke product design solutions to enable children to play, increase their mobility and to make family life easier.  Accelerate will enable us to develop this work further and to offer healthcare product design expertise in a wider context. We are delighted to be working with our partners to support the NHS and patients which will help grow new businesses in Wales”.

Cari-Anne Quinn, Chief Executive Officer for Life Sciences Hub Wales said: “In Wales, businesses have the unique opportunity and are fully supported in developing world-class health care products and services alongside clinicians and experts in the industry. By working together closely, there’s a much greater and quicker chance for adoption which supports the health care sector meaning patients will get the benefits. 

The life sciences sector in Wales is worth around £2bn to the Welsh economy. ACCELERATE will work with industry partners to speed up the translation of ideas into new technology products and services, and to accelerate the deployment and adoption of new technology products and services into health and care, creating lasting economic value in Wales.”

Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Sustainability and Engagement at UWTSD added: “The University is delighted to be part of the ACCELERATE initiative and to bring our unique product design offer to the partnership. It is very exciting to think of the benefits that will be realised to the NHS and patient care in Wales as well as the benefits that the creation of new business linked to health innovation will bring to the economy”.

For more information on funding and support available, visit www.lifescienceshubwales.com

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