University part of £5m project to turn ideas into reality

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Date: 11th Apr 2018

Bucks New University part of £5m project to ’turn innovative new ideas into products and services which could help change lives’.

Bucks New University is part of a new £5m government-funded project, led by Imperial College London, to rapidly translate new medical technologies into clinical solutions to help change lives.

The investment, made through Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund, will support the MedTech SuperConnector (MTSC) – an ambitious programme which challenges early career researchers to turn their discoveries into new diagnostic tools, medical devices and digital healthcare solutions.

Bucks New University will supply researchers to the MTSC project, and share its expertise of industry, clinical practice and public health. Researchers will benefit from the university’s state-of-the-art equipment including clinical simulation and virtual reality laboratories, along with technology which enables the rapid creation of prototypes.

Sean MackneySean Mackney (pictured), Pro Vice-Chancellor at Bucks New University, said: "Our specialist medical equipment, cutting-edge technical studios, partnerships within the wider Buckinghamshire area and the expertise of our academic staff will support researchers in translating medical technologies into commercially successful solutions to improve patient care."

The MTSC will provide its participants with the funding, training, mentorship and access to the industry partners and patients required to fast track the translation of their pioneering research discoveries into new medical technologies – generating start-up companies in the process. They will receive business coaching and advice from a pool of experts comprised of industry professionals, including corporate partners, start-ups, the NHS and other healthcare providers.

Business Secretary, Greg Clark said: “Britain is famous for its innovations. From the humble toothbrush to hip replacements, the ATM to the World Wide Web – these inventions have had a huge impact on our daily lives. Up and down the UK, some of the brightest and best talent are undertaking research which can deliver extraordinary innovations that will transform our society for the better.’’ He added that the MTSC funding will help to ‘’turn innovative new ideas into products and services which could help change our lives and keep the UK as a world leader in developing the products of tomorrow.”

The Connecting Capability Fund supports universities in working together, and with businesses and other partners, to commercialise research and share good practice and capacity.

David Sweeney, Executive Chair of Research England, said: “This project demonstrates the commitment of universities to work together to strengthen the R&D and technological capabilities of the UK. In the Industrial Strategy, the Government asked us to improve our ability to turn exciting ideas into commercial products and services. Universities have stepped forward in these projects to show that they can do world class commercialisation, alongside world class science.’’

Bucks New University is one of seven partner institutions working with Imperial on the MTSC project: Queen Mary University of London, The Francis Crick Institute, Royal College of Art, Royal College of Music, Institute of Cancer Research, and Royal Veterinary College.

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