Biomedical iNet Showcase new technologies in the South West

Issue date: 15 June 2011

Find out more about exciting new technologies in Biomedicine at a special event on 23 June at the Exchange in Bridgwater.

The Biomedical iNet has arranged for presenters from business, academia, and the NHS to share innovative new ideas, receive feedback and make valuable contacts. Confirmed speakers so far include Professor Tony Killard from UWE, Sam Millar from Campden BRI who will be presenting on Bio imaging, Dr Sara Flint from the Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) and Dr Zoe Betteridge will join us from the Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases to discuss new diagnostic techniques. Details of all the speakers will be available on the website.

The event will include presentations on medical devices and equipment, food and health, bio-imaging and biophotonics, pharmaceutical, diagnostics andcell technology to ensure each sector of the Biomedical Industry is covered.

David Dawson, Project Director for the Biomedical iNet, said, “The South West has a strong background in life sciences, food and health, represented by our consortium partnership of 10. The Biomedical iNet will help to transform exciting ideas developed in businesses, universities and the NHS into new products and services. This involves accelerating uptake of ideas, assisting with any technical issues or market understanding and helping products reach international markets.”

The South West Biomedical iNet is a £2.2 million European Project that will serve the biomedical sector, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical technology and food and health technology. It is one of five iNets or innovation networks that will act as springboards for new products and services by making links that foster innovation and knowledge exchange.

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Editors notes

1/ UWE is leading the iNets in Biomedicine, Microelectronics and the Environment.

2/ The Biomedical iNet consortium includes UWE's Institute of BioSensing Technology; NHS Innovation South West; Bristol Urological Institute / North Bristol NHS Trust; Health Protection Agency at Porton Down; DiagnOx; University of Exeter; Campden BRI; Health Technologies & Medicine KTN; Chemistry Innovation KTN; GWE Business West

3/ South West iNet geographical area

The South West region that the iNets will cover includes Devon, Dorset, Somerset, the West of England, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

4/ Solutions for Business (SfB) is a suite of targeted, publicly-funded products and services offering solutions to real business needs and tackling market failure. It includes: starting up, understanding finance, developing people, environment and efficiency, exploiting ideas, international sales and marketing and growing your business. By targeting public money at real business needs, it helps businesses create sustainable success.

5/ The European Regional Development Fund South West Competitiveness and Employment Programme 2007-2013 is a programme of investment from the European Union set to increase the prosperity of the region through supporting enterprise and individuals to develop ideas and plans which contribute to increased productivity and competitiveness. The total amount of investment across the seven year programme is £108,751,309.

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