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

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.

Date: Weds, 19 April 2023

Time: 09.30 – 14.30

Venue: Citylabs 1.0 Nelson Street #1 Manchester M13 9NQ


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, Wilbo’s Blends) & Dr Alex Thompson (Health Economist, University of Manchester)
  • VISCGO | Martyn Boaden and Liz Boaden; Dr Sorrel Burden (Reader in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Manchester) & Debra Jones (Researcher, University of Manchester)
  • AI Nostics | Hojjat Azadbakht (CEO, AINostics) & Hamied Harood (Research Associate in Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Imaging, University of Manchester)

11.40 – 12.30 | Networking activity 

12.30 – 13.15 | Networking lunch 

13.15 – 14.00 | Funding opportunities and support

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

14.00 – 14.30 | Keynote talk: Prof. Aravind Vijayaraghavan (Professor of Nanomaterials &  Head of Internationalisation for Faculty of Science & Engineering, The University of Manchester)

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.