Innovation in patient care
Six Scottish SMEs selected to collaborate with NHS Scotland
A new approach to encouraging business innovation in Scotland has resulted in six Scottish SME businesses successfully winning seven new contracts with NHS Scotland to help drive treatment and patient innovation in dermatology, diabetes and Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD).
The companies have secured 50% of R&D funding with NHS Scotland as part of three open innovation competitions designed to support the development and commercialisation of new ideas from businesses to help drive new revenue streams.
The competitions connect Scotland’s public sector organisations to creative new thinking from smaller private sector companies that they may not encounter using traditional public sector procurement routes.
The companies that have secured funding are:
- AxSys Technology in Glasgow (dermatology)
- Cohesion Medical Ltd in Glasgow (dermatology and IBD)
- Digital Treetop Ltd in Perth (IBD)
- Epipole Ltd in Rosyth (dermatology)
- OpenBrolly Health in Elgin (IBD)
- Storm ID in Edinburgh (diabetes)
We're working in partnership with Innovate UK-Scottish Business Research Initiative (SBRI) and a range of public sector organisations to fund and promote a series of innovation challenges currently faced by the UK's public sector.
Through this programme, we can help you access up to £100,000 to test an idea, and up to £2 million or more to develop or demonstrate solutions in the field.
"The value of the SBRI is in facilitating a level of user engagement with NHS Scotland which would have been difficult to access otherwise," said Euan Cameron, CEO and co-founder of Cohesion Medical.
You can apply for a series of innovation challenges that provide 100% funding, through competitive R&D contract opportunities.
Apply for funded challenges on the GOV.UK website