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An event offering Yorkshire and Humber healthcare and life sciences technology organisations with advice on accessing funding and world-leading research has been hailed as a great success.

Held in Leeds, the free roadshow entitled ‘Want to access funding and world-leading research for your technology?’ was hosted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) in partnership with Medilink Yorkshire and Humber.

Targeting organisations from the Yorkshire and Humber region, the event aimed to explain what help the NIHR can offer companies, including information on how to gain access to funding and what world-class facilities and experts are available to support the development and market adoption of technology.

More than 45 organisations attended the event featuring presentations on the NIHR funding programmes including Invention for Innovation (i4i) and Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME); the support the NIHR Clinical Research Network can provide; and the expertise and capabilities within the NIHR. Attendees were also offered one-to-one sessions. Chennakesavalu Rajagopal, Affotek Director, said: “The event offered a hugely beneficial insight into the means for accessing funding and expert research, both of which are invaluable for a small business such as mine. From my perspective the event was a great success and it was excellent to see so many other Yorkshire healthcare businesses in attendance.”

Attendees heard that NOCRI aims to simplify access to the UK’s world-leading clinical research infrastructure by providing an easy and consistent point of entry to NIHR experts and facilities. This ranges from signposting companies to the appropriate parts of the NIHR, making introductions, supporting the set-up of collaborations between industry and academic/NHS partners, and ensuring these relationships are managed effectively.

Ravi Chana, Business Development Manager at NOCRI, said: “With this roadshow we aimed to demonstrate to as many healthcare and life sciences technology organisations from the region as possible how NOCRI can provide invaluable guidance on funding and research. The feedback we have received post event indicates that we have undoubtedly achieved this and to see so many Yorkshire and Humber healthcare organisations represented at the event was fantastic.”