How to accelerate development of early-stage medical innovations

Many SME innovators find it difficult to gain traction for their products at the early stages of development. Progress is constrained by lack of funding and in finding the right experts to connect and partner with.

In response, the R&I Health Accelerator has launched the ‘Medical Innovation to Commercialisation Programme’ which aims to speed up the development of your innovations through grant funding and academic/clinical collaborations.

You are invited to join a cohort of MedTech innovators and entrepreneurs and attend a series of five fully funded 2-hour online interactive sessions, plus a half day, face to faceUniversity of Manchester, Academic Reverse Pitch, Research Collaboration Workshop’ where you will gain exclusive access to academic and clinical expertise, information, and advice to support you on your product innovation journey to market.




The sessions will deliver in depth information about navigating the health and care system, value creation, market analysis, health economics, IP, Standards and regulatory advice, the private investment landscape, access to grants and university-wide expertise.

In addition, following the Research Collaboration Workshop, you may apply for grant funding of £20,000 to £50,000 for collaborative research projects with leading university academics.

Session dates:

  • Session 1: Tuesday 1st March 12noon- 2pm.   ERDF Funded Research collaborations
  • Session 2: Thursday 3rd March 12noon- 2pm     Grants, Funding and NIHR Bid support
  • Session 3: Tuesday 8th March 12noon- 2pm     Health Economics
  • Session 4: Thursday 10th March 12noon- 2pm     IP, Standards, Regulation and Commercialisation
  • Session 5: Tuesday 15th March 12noon- 1.30pm Private Investment landscape
  • Session 6: Thursday 24th March 12.00 -3.45pm UoM Research Collaboration Workshop
    • 12.00 – Networking lunch
    • 1.00pm – Academic Reverse pitch presentations
    • 2.30pm – Round table project development.
    • 3.30pm- Close.

Fully funded places are limited to GM based SMEs registered with R&I Health Accelerator and to allow for 1-2-1 interaction with experts.  Reply to or for more information or for help with registration.