Social & commercial network to enhance health innovation

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University of Brighton researchers are joining forces with entrepreneurs and community groups to turn Brighton and Hove into a focal point for health innovation and interventions.

The social and commercial network covering Brighton and Hove in East Sussex will be tasked with improving health, accelerating innovation and enhancing competitiveness.

The University’s ‘Healthy Futures’ will be the platform for new partnerships which will search for and research new disease preventions, diagnoses, pioneering treatments and breakthrough innovations. The collaborations will also encourage high-skill training and jobs.

Together with our local entrepreneurs, the University will 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.

Professor Matteo Santin, Academic Lead for Healthy Futures, said: “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 we can make a determined and competent contribution to the health of our societies.”

The academic/business partnerships will share their respective needs and listen to those of the public at the inaugural Health Entrepreneurs’ Brunch in Brighton on 19 December. Two similar events will be held at later dates. These events are an opportunity for participants to discuss issues with other experts who specialise in chronic and degenerative diseases, child mental health and protection, diagnostics, digital health and healthcare delivery, and prevention of water contamination.