Pfizer Healthcare Hub: London to support UK’s growing healthtech sector

Pfizer has now gone live with their UK Digital Health Collaboration Hub – through the launch of their competitive grant and collaboration programme.  The applications will close 30/04/2017. According to a recent press release from Pfizer :

The hub will help late-stage start-ups to grow and reach more patients and providers faster, by providing access to Pfizer’s network and resources.

As technology plays an increasing role in delivering and improving healthcare, Pfizer is seeking to support and accelerate innovation in this area and transform patients’ lives.

Pfizer is looking to support start-ups who have developed a product or service ready to be used by the public which can show evidence of benefits to patients or clinicians.

Original thinking

These start-ups will compete for a competitive grant and a year-long programme of support, helping them  to navigate the UK’s health system and giving them the opportunity to meet the people who can move their ideas and their businesses forward.

“I’m delighted that we’ll be launching the Pfizer Healthcare Hub here in the UK,” said Erik Nordkamp, Pfizer UK Managing Director. “We live in a country that is already a centre for original thinking and innovation within healthcare and our goal is to accelerate the success of the brightest start-ups in this field and help them make a difference to patients.”

UK-registered companies and charities looking for support are invited to enter the process for a chance to become an inaugural part in of the programme by visiting: healthcarehub.pfizer.co.uk

Up to three successful candidates will bid for part of a total grant of £56,000 ($70,000). They will be able to maintain complete independence with no obligation to transfer intellectual property or equity to Pfizer.

Global network

In addition to the grant, the successful start-ups will benefit from access to Pfizer’s network of global partners, including the NHS, seeking to improve the experience of patients.

The Pfizer Healthcare Hub: London is the latest in a global network of Pfizer innovation hubs, joining existing centres in New York, Berlin and Tel Aviv. New hubs are also being launched simultaneously in Stockholm, Sydney and Toronto.
Hamish Graham, Pfizer Healthcare Hub: London Manager, said: “The Healthcare Hub will provide a platform for start-ups to harness the network that Pfizer is plugged into, enabling them to get access to our expertise, understanding and guidance. We hope, with our support, that they’ll be able to reach their goals and get their innovations adopted within the health service.”

Applicants will present to Pfizer and a panel of experts from across the UK health system at a pitch event at the company’s UK HQ on 18 May 2017.

The panel will include Vice President of Swansea University, Professor Marc Clement; CEO Sam Barrell, of the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (TSFT); Daniel Dickens, CEO of The HELIX Centre and Anna King, Commercial Director at the Health Innovation Network and Digital Health London.

The winning start-ups will be announced in early June.

Original article can be found here 

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Paul Budd

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Paul is an experienced sales & marketing leader within the healthcare sector and is a Co-Founder of Salus Digital. He is a Digital Health enthusiast with a passion for extending the reach of technology to improve patient’s lives and reduce the strain on healthcare services.

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