New social and commercial network to boost health innovation in Brighton
University of Brighton researchers are collaborating with entrepreneurs and community groups to turn Brighton and Hove into a focal point for health interventions.
The social and commercial network in the Brighton and Hove area will be tasked with improving health, accelerating innovation and enhancing competitiveness.
Providing the platform for new partnerships, the University of Brighton’s Healthy Futures platform will search for and research new disease preventions, diagnoses, pioneering treatments and breakthrough innovations. The collaborations will also foster high-skill training and jobs.
Professor Matteo Santin, Academic Lead for Healthy Futures, said: “We believe that in the long term the city has the potential to emerge as a model city for health enterprise where societal needs are addressed through pioneering approaches and where organisations thrive through public and private investment.
“As a non-profit organisation with a multidisciplinary expertise, our University is in a privileged position to make this happen.”
The academic and business partnerships will first listen to their respective needs and to those of the public.
To this end, local companies, entrepreneurs and organisations were invited to the inaugural Health Entrepreneurs’ Brunch at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton on the 19th of December.
Two similar events will be held at later dates.
Professor Santin added: “We want to work together to tackle key societal challenges and transform them into opportunities to make a real difference to our community and industry.
“By harnessing interdisciplinary thinking and entrepreneurial spirit in our researchers and students we can improve service delivery, transform treatments and deliver better outcomes.
“Together with our local entrepreneurs we can develop new models for mental health care, smart design of diagnostics and technologies for the prevention and eradication of infectious diseases, ground-breaking medical implants and diagnostics, pioneering treatments for the healing of damaged tissues and organs and advanced engineering for the manufacturing of drugs, and interventions to assist with early diagnosis, disease prevention and care.
“Our communities are at the heart of what we do; we aim to widen our listening to their opinions and to integrate them in our investigations locally and to pilot projects of global relevance.
“Together we can make a determined and competent contribution to the health of our societies.”