Health Enterprise East inaugural NHS Innovation Showcase is a success


Health Enterprise East (HEE), the leading NHS Innovation Hub for the East of England, East Midlands and North London, announces a successful first year for its NHS Innovation Showcase, a one day event focused on connecting academic, commercial and public sector groups to explore the latest healthcare innovations in the region.


The event welcomed 27 exhibitors and over 100 delegates to hear a variety of high profile speakers from both industry and the NHS. The exhibition provided the opportunity to see innovative healthcare products first hand, and to speak to the companies and NHS Trusts behind them. Breakout sessions enabled attendees to explore issues around IP development and funding, research, development and commercialisation. The day was hosted by science writer and Broadcaster Vivienne Parry OBE.

Winners of the latest Health Enterprise East Innovation competition were also announced on the day. The two projects selected were bone conduction headset technology project, a new approach to helping with hearing impairment, from Dr Tamsin Brown and team, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, and the ulnar splint, a novel, patent pending, approach to treating common symptoms of ulnar neuropathy from Dr Andrew Michell, Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. This twice yearly competition is open to all HEE member Trusts and once again attracted a high standard of entries. Each of the winners receives a £5,000 Innovation Voucher to help progress their ideas.

Dr Anne Blackwood, Chief Executive, Health Enterprise East, commented: “Helping to forge stronger connections between the NHS and industry is a key role of Health Enterprise East. We are delighted with the success of the inaugural Innovation Showcase, and would like to thank all of the speakers, exhibitors and delegates who supported us this year.”

Elisabeth Buggins, Chair of the Eastern Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), and keynote speaker at the event, said: “At Eastern AHSN we are driven by two goals: improving healthcare and generating economic growth. We are very lucky to have in our region one of the most successful Innovation Hubs, and I would like to thank Health Enterprise East for putting on such a fantastic collaborative event.”

About Health Enterprise East

Health Enterprise East (HEE) is committed to improving healthcare through the provision of professional business and innovation management services. The HEE team works with NHS organisations nationally and Med Tech companies globally to support the development of innovative products and services which meet currently unmet healthcare needs. The company offers a broad range of tailored services from strategic analysis and market validation, to practical advice and insight.

Through its member services, HEE also ensures that pioneering innovations from staff across the NHS are identified, developed and commercialised for the benefit of patients, staff and society. Closely affiliated with founding member Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, HEE currently serves over 30 NHS organisations in the East of England, East Midlands and North London. Trusts can opt to sign up as members of HEE and access a full range of skills and expertise.


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Health Enterprise East (HEE) delivers technology advisory and innovation management services to industry and the NHS.

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