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Working with SMEs to help them develop and test their products and applications through academic rigour and co-design principles

by Neil Bryant, IDH Business Development Manager

The Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH) is working with small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to bring their innovations in healthcare technology to the marketplace through both commercial and public-sector (e.g. SBRI Healthcare and Innovate UK) funding streams.

IDH’s research expertise covers a broad range of digital health themes including health informatics, data analytics, medical devices, assistive technology and sensors. In addition to research, relevant key skills and knowledge areas in the team are in application development, feasibility testing, measurement validation and stakeholder evaluations.

IDH exploits the benefits of co-design between SME, researcher and stakeholders in the projects it undertakes. Through the use of user and professional forums, we develop problem driven solutions that further incorporate usability and safety perspectives. The team have experience of working with companies from proof of concept through to clinical trial.

IDH can aid companies in the application process, testing and evaluation phase and support further funding requirements in the commercialisation of a device or application.

The Institute has worked on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) whereby skilled researchers from the University work directly with the partner company. The company benefits from the translation of skills and knowledge of the researcher towards innovations within the company. It has further worked with SME’s in gaining SBRI Healthcare competition grants to develop very early innovations that address particular healthcare needs within the NHS to proof of concept stages. Similarly, the team has worked with companies to gain Innovate UK funding to help develop their ideas for new or existing applications, products or technologies.

Contact: Neil Bryant on 02476573582 or

We welcome enquiries from SMEs across the country.

Mon 13 Feb 2017, 10:37 | Tags: Innovate UK, SBRI, digital healthcare, SMEs