Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh has partnered with InnoScot Health to fast-track ideas for healthcare innovations and new technologies from healthcare professionals and bring them to life.

The five-year agreement with the University’s Medical Device Manufacturing Centre (MDMC), which is a consortium including the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow and Robert Gordon University, will begin by focusing on the development of prototype medical devices by engaging with clinicians, doctors, nurses and engineering students.

Professor Marc Desmulliez, manager of the MDMC at Heriot-Watt University, said: “Scotland is renowned for its innovation in health, pioneering techniques and medical devices that are now used worldwide."

“In just two years, the MDMC has created a unique business collaboration model, working with more than 60 companies, accelerating the progression of ideas to market and the adoption of medical devices into clinical settings. Specialist training is fundamental to our continued success and we are confident this new strategic partnership will further accelerate Scotland’s innovative MedTech SMEs, ultimately benefitting and improving patient care. We are looking forward to putting this partnership into practice.”

InnoScot Health which works in partnership with NHS Scotland provides intellectual property advice and project management services to support the development and commercialisation of clinical products.

Graham Watson, Executive Chair of InnoScot Health, said: “We believe it will be a very successful working arrangement for both parties – from the co-creation of novel medical devices with clinicians, doctors, nurses, and engineering students, to working with Heriot-Watt University to develop joint Continuous Professional Development and training programmes to further develop staff from both organisations.”

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