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Enabling and celebrating excellence in academic-industry collaborations in health technology

This event has now ended.

This GM Connected Health Ecosystem event is about enabling and celebrating excellence in research collaborations with industry. It is a joint event organised by the ERDF Research & Innovation AcceleratorTranslation Manchester, and the Christabel Pankhurst Institute Translation Theme. The goal is to bring academic researchers and industry together to exchange experience of successful collaborations, to identify opportunities for future collaborations, and to highlight support and funding opportunities for academic-industry collaborations.

We will be meeting in-person at Citylabs 1.0 where refreshments and lunch will be provided.


09.30 - 10.00 | Registration & coffee 

10.00 - 10.10 | Welcome & introduction 

10.10 - 11:40 | Case study talks

  • WILBO’S BLENDS | Lisa Miles (CEO); Dr Alex Thompson (Health Economist)
  • VISCGO | Martyn Boaden and Liz Boaden; Dr Sorrel Burden (Reader in Nutrition and Dietetics) and Debra Jones (PDRA)
  • AI Nostics | Hojjat Azadbakht (CEO); Hamied Harood (Research Associate in Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

11.40 - 12.30 | Networking activity 

12.30 - 13.15 | Networking lunch 

13.15 - 14.00 | Funding opportunities and support

  • Knowledge Exchange & SME Partnerships | Caroline Stanton (Head of SME Partnerships), Funding opportunities for collaborative projects with SMEs
  • Translation Manchester | Fiona Foster and Alessandro Faroni, Available support and funding opportunities for translational researchers
  • FBMH Business Engagement | Craig Alexander (Business Engagement Officer), Key tips for collaborating with industry

14.00 - 14.30 | Keynote talk: Prof. Aravind Vijayaraghavan (Professor of Nanomaterials, Department of Materials, Head of Internationalisation, Faculty of Science & Engineering)

Optional post-workshop  tour of the new Pankhurst Building.

Registration for the Connected Health Ecosystem is now open – tickets are limited, so we recommend securing your place now. 

The Ecosystem, which is coordinated by Digital FuturesHealth Innovation Manchester, the Christabel Pankhurst Institute and the ERDF R&I Health Accelerator Project, plays an important role in bringing together key organisations and personnel in this area, creating a platform for sharing new and important policy developments, research, funding opportunities and innovations.

We are a member of the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), a network of permanent multi-stakeholder Ecosystems across Europe, North America & China.

To find out about future Connected Health Ecosystem events, sign up the Christable Pankhurst Institute newsletter here.

19 April - 19 March 2023 9:30 - 14:30
Citylabs 1.0
Nelson Street
M13 9NQ
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