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New body for health technology

21st April 2006

29042006_microscope1.jpgAll funding, investments and interests in the health technologies sectors in the South East will be coordinated by a new company called the South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA).

A new model for regional development agency funding was launched by Dr Rob Morgan, the head of Department of Trade and Industry’s Bioscience Unit at a meeting of health technology companies in fields such as diagnostics, biotechnology, medical devices and pharmaceuticals from across Surrey.

SEHTA will be run by the region’s health technologies companies for their direct benefit, and will be part funded by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA). Companies in the region will be eligible to join free of charge and draw upon exclusive sources of finance, advice and support.

SEHTA members will be able to gain access to an exclusive portfolio of products and services including:

- A new biomanufacturing project, offering free direct help to companies who need to develop a biomanufacturing strategy, finding the right biomanufacturer or simply to find out more about biomanufacturing.

- A public relations and communications service, offering free assistance and mentoring with public relations and communications activity.

- A new EU project, called Biosmile, enabling companies in the South East to network with potential partners in parts of France, Belgium, Germany and Holland.

- The opportunity to send a number of medical devices and diagnostic companies to Medica 2006, the leading trade expo for the medical devices and diagnostics community.

SEHTA will also sponsor key science task forces focused on new technology or clinical need to enable university researchers, NHS clinicians and businesses to work together to explore and provide new solutions and business opportunities.

A science task force dedicated to acute brain injury and stroke (BIAS) already meets regularly and includes SEHTA members from the biotechnology, diagnostics and the medical device sectors alongside academics and hospital consultants.

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