Showcase of innovative health technologies | Mirage News

Innovative healthcare technology that is making a positive difference for patients in the south of England is being showcased at the University of Portsmouth later this month.

SIGHT (Supporting Innovation and Growth in Healthcare Technologies) is a business support programme, run by the University of Portsmouth in conjunction with the Wessex Clinical Research Network and Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust.

The £1.7 million scheme, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), supports and guides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the health technology sector. It also gives SMEs access to clinicians and patient groups, enabling their products to meet the specific needs of these end users.

Over its three-year programme, SIGHT has worked with over 400 companies across England, helping them to develop and market their medical and health products. Examples include:

• NTL Biologica offers COVID-19 antibody testing

• ioLight develops compact and high quality portable microscopes to allow scientists to analyze samples on the spot

• Disable The Label app to help parents of children with disabilities find help

The health technology industry is of vital importance to the local and national economy and we have the ambition to extend SIGHT’s support to our community to have a greater impact on well-being. and the lives of patients.

Dr. Phil Jewell, CEO of SIGHT, said: “SIGHT is engaged with a host of highly innovative SMEs developing next-generation technologies to improve healthcare. This event gives us the opportunity to showcase some of these innovations, as well as outline the next steps for SIGHT as a program.

“The health technology industry is vitally important to the local and national economy and we have the ambition to extend SIGHT’s support to our community to have a greater impact on well-being. being and life of the patients.”

To celebrate the success of SIGHT, a showcase event will take place at the University of Portsmouth on October 27.

It will include presentations and discussions from academics and clinicians on the vision, aims and achievements of SIGHT, the impact the program has had on its SME members, the collaboration with the University of Hospitals NHS Trust from Portsmouth, an update on the SIGHT program and exciting future plans building on the legacy of the project.

The free event takes place from 1-5pm in the Portland Building at the University of Portsmouth.

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