The Innovation Pathway

New ideas can originate from many sources, including innovators in industry, commercial companies, academics within universities and healthcare professionals within the NHS.  However, the uptake of new ideas can often be impeded by the lack of a clear pathway and effective support to take these new ideas to market.

The Innovation Pathway has been created to support the development and commercialisation of innovative ideas and provide a unique opportunity for SMEs to access and benefit from, the healthcare sector.  Indeed, many of the services available to SMEs under The Innovation Pathway will also be critical to NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups in terms of the successful commercialisation of their new ideas.

The following interactive image provides further information on each element of the Innovation Pathway. We have also prepared The Innovation Pathway brochure.

The AHSN for the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) delivers The Innovation Pathway in collaboration with the following partner organisations:

  • NIHR Clinical Research Network;
  • NHS Innovations North;
  • RTC North Limited;
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust; and
  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Innovation Pathway delivers a brokerage between the NHS, other healthcare organisations and industry, and facilitate the commercialisation and use of emerging innovations, as well as driving high technology research and development.

By offering a range of specialist services to the NHS and industry, The Innovation Pathway North East will create a seamless transition across the entire innovation pathway from conception through to early stage protection of any associated IP, through to the trialling and regulatory approval of new products, and then on to the eventual adoption and dissemination of the innovative technology or service, helping NHS organisations and SMEs in the North East region to grow and expand their target sectors.

The Innovation Pathway has the goal of becoming the recognised vehicle for the delivery of innovation in the North East healthcare arena, aiming to improve the economy of the region by creating wealth and job opportunities as well as improving the health and wellbeing of the region as a whole.

Pathway Case Study

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