The Health Technology Hub, located in the University of the West of England’s £16m University Enterprise Zone will support the development, evaluation and trialling of new products and innovations relating to independent living and home-based diagnostics. A key focus will be on helping companies tap into University facilities and resources, and to facilitate collaborations with the region’s research community.
The Health Tech Hub has received funding from 2 organisations the Local Growth Fund and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Funding from the ERDF received as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is the programme’s Managing Authority. Established by the European Union, the ERDF helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects that support innovation, businesses, job creation and local community regeneration.
The Health Technology Hub vision is to create a national Centre of Excellence in health technologies relating to independent living and home-based diagnostics. The project will involve the creation of new state-of-the-art facilities providing the necessary equipment and skills to support research and innovation in the field. A key goal of the Hub will be to create and bring to market new assistive living (independent living) technologies providing better quality healthcare. The facility will be assessable to businesses, supporting product development, evaluation and trials, reducing the cost and risk associated with product development and thus improving their rate of innovation and reducing the time to market.