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Midlands Life Sciences industry association Medilink Midlands together with the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) has launched a new healthcare innovation academy. The East Midlands Innovation Academy is a free course for people who want to learn how to take innovative products forward with the NHS.

EMAHSN commercial director Tim Robinson said: “The East Midlands AHSN Innovation Academy is open to anyone to register including health and care staff, private and voluntary sector organisations and academic institutions. You do not have to be based in the East Midlands."

“Once registered, participants will have access to a range of modules to help them put their idea into practice – whatever level of development it’s at. Each module includes a webinar, live Q&A session with the experts and online resources.”

The course will teach participants to understand the ecosystem and requirements from customers, how to develop a business plan and how they can attract investment and funding for their idea.

The modules on the course include: Understanding the NHS structure Insight from a Commissioning/Trust Perspective; Pricing Mechanisms; An Introduction to the National Tariff Payment System; Constructing an NHS Business Case and Pathway Mapping; and Navigating the Digital Health Landscape, among others.

Darren Clark, CEO of Medilink Midlands, commented: “The Midlands is a hotbed of innovation and we have so many inventive and inquisitive companies who are all looking to tackle the life science issues we face. I’m pleased that we are working with the EMAHSN to better enable companies in the region to bring their ideas to reality.”

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