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Northern Ireland has a thriving Life & Health Sciences sector that benefits from a strong collaborative approach between industry, academia and clinicians. There is an opportunity to build on this capability and capitalise on multidisciplinary technological developments in precision medicine, diagnostics, medical devices, big data, artificial intelligence, and the provision of tools and technologies to achieve a connected-health environment.

Why attend

At this event, delivered in partnership with Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network, you will find out what the challenges are in delivering solutions to a healthcare system with increasing demand for new and innovative solutions. Come and find out about the range of funding available for businesses and their collaborators. You will also get practical support and advice on how you can increase your chances of success in leveraging funding in competitive bids.

The programme features:

  • Innovation funding guidance from Invest NI and Innovate UK
  • Industry case study
  • Opportunity to pitch your expertise or seek collaborative partners
  • Opportunity for 1-1 sessions with expert advisors
  • Solution providers will be available for practical advice
  • Masterclass: A guide to writing applications for R&D funding across all sectors
  • Opportunities to network with potential partners or new suppliers

The expert advisors will be made up of representatives Invest NI, the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK.



09:00 Registration and Networking Breakfast
09:30 Welcome and Innovation Landscape, who’s who & what’s what - Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI
10:00 Case Study: How R&D support helped my business – Aiden Flynn, Exploristics & Grainne McVeigh, Invest NI
10:20 Connecting Academic Research to business, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – Joel Ferguson, Senior Knowledge Transfer Adviser, Knowledge Transfer Network
10:35 Q&A
10:45 Networking Break
11:30 Innovate UK – Funding and Connecting Business Innovation across the UK – Lorraine Acheson, Manager for Northern Ireland & Gordon Ford, Innovation Lead, Innovate UK
12:00 Life & Health Sciences Speaker – Terry O'Neill, KTN
12:20 Relevance to Your Business – Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI
12:30 Panel Session - Ryan Williams, Connected Health, Dr Mary Jo Kurth, Randox and David Ribeiro, ProAxsis
13:00 Lunch, Networking and a chance to meet with Expert Advisers
14:00 Masterclass: A guide to writing applications for R&D Funding – Stephen McComb, Knowledge Transfer Network
15:00 Closing Remarks – Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI

Note: This event is brought to you by Invest Northern Ireland in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK. Please note that by registering for this event you are agreeing to sharing your information with these partners to facilitate the event and to contact you after the event.

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