UWTSD’s Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre hosts Accelerating Innovation in Health & Wellbeing symposium in SA1


01.07.2019

A two day 'Accelerating Innovation in Health & Wellbeing' symposium was hosted by the Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (ATiC) at UWTSD. It also marked the launch of the University's Metadesign Research Centre.

ATiC forms a strategic part of Accelerate, a pioneering collaboration between Welsh universities and the Life Science Hub Wales. It aims to speed-up the translation of ideas into new technology products and services for the health and care sector.

The symposium was designed to provide businesses, charities and innovators with strategic insights and collaborative opportunities for transforming healthcare and well-being through human-centred innovation and Metadesign tools.

 

It provided:

  • Understanding of the ways that human-centred innovation can transform the R&D process for healthcare and wellbeing.
  • Understanding of how Metadesign tools can be used to address the opportunities afforded by the seven goals of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, particularly in applying the ‘sustainable development principle’ in Wales.
  • An insight into the opportunities for support provided by Accelerate and how your business can benefit from collaboration with ATiC.
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded organisations.

Day 1 focused on Human-centred Innovation for Health Care:  Presentations and demonstration sessions with networking opportunities in the ‘Innovation Zone’ containing a variety of company/charity stands showcasing exciting technology and innovative projects in the healthcare and wellbeing.

Day 2 focused on understanding of how Metadesign tools can be used to address the opportunities afforded by the seven goals of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, particularly in applying the ‘sustainable development principle’ in Wales.

Note to Editor

ATiC, part of UWTSD Swansea College of Art, has a demonstrable track-record in providing practice-based research and development to support medical companies and healthcare related charities. The Centre’s work is primarily human-centred and innovation-led which enables researchers to collaborate with businesses to develop creative interventions that improve health and wellbeing.  It is designed to support research collaborations in the life-sciences across Wales and builds upon UWTSD’s record of delivery in developing R&I excellence in the field of Health and Social Care.

ATiC is part of Accelerate, a £24m programme, launched and led by the Life Sciences Hub Wales in collaboration with Cardiff University, Swansea University, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Accelerate helps translate innovative ideas into new technology, products, and services for the health and care sector, quickly, helping enterprises turn their innovative ideas into solutions.

Co-funded by the Welsh European Funding Office European Regional Development Fund, the Welsh Government’s Health and Social Services Group, universities, the Life Sciences Hub Wales, and health boards, Accelerate’s ultimate aim is to create lasting economic value in Wales.

The Centre’s work has recently been featured in the UK’s best 100 breakthroughs as part of Universities UK #MadeAtUni campaign.

 

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