Lancaster Vision is pleased to support this contribution towards tackling some of the significant health challenges that we face today
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“Challenging the status quo today, for healthier lives tomorrow.“
As people continue to live longer, the preservation of good health and quality of life presents significant challenges to an increasingly ageing population. Health systems in the UK, and globally, are under enormous pressure, requiring innovative approaches to address these issues.
Health innovation at Lancaster will adopt a focussed, multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach to developing new health solutions which generate impact at scale.
Health Innovation Campus
The £41m Health Innovation Campus will act as a focal point, allowing researchers, healthcare professionals, businesses, local authorities and policy-makers, to focus on a systems approach to improving health, in line with the aims of the UK’s Industrial Strategy and the NHS long-term plan.
Development of the new campus has been supported by Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal funding, as well as the European Regional Development Fund.
Informed by local and national priorities, Lancaster’s health innovation team will work closely and collaboratively with its stakeholders.
The new campus will build on the University’s strong links with businesses in a wide range of sectors and develop existing relationships with organisations including the NHS, the Northern Health Science Alliance, Bionow and the Innovation Agency.
Lancaster University recognises its civic role and responsibilities in supporting the city and region. The HIC will reflect that commitment by engaging with local stakeholders to adopt an integrated, systems approach to addressing major health-related challenges.
Health innovation SME engagement
SMEs make up 99.7% (70,000) of all business in Lancashire (ONS, 2018) and as part of a £2m ERDF-funded project, the HIC has committed to:
- Supporting 300 Lancashire SMEs (by 2021)
- Bringing 25 new products to market (by 2021)
The HIC will work in key thematic programme areas, mapped to the strengths of the University, to:
- Address significant health and wellbeing challenges at scale
- Utilise innovation in thought, design, process, technology, products and practice from various disciplines at Lancaster University
- Provide opportunities for meaningful and long-term partnerships with SMEs and third/public sector through cutting-edge research
- Generate evidence and impact to influence health policy
Outputs from the HIC will:
- Drive the creation of an innovation eco-system
- Facilitate business cluster formation and economic development
- Achieve positive health outcomes
The first phase of the HIC is due to open in early-2020.
However, the team is already working with a range of cross-sector partners to establish projects which the HIC can help drive forward. Email HIC@lancaster.ac.uk for further details on how to get involved.