Accelerating Health Innovation

The Plymouth Health Innovation Alliance (PHIA) is a partnership of business, academic, NHS and local authority organisations, dedicated to maximising opportunities for all health-related innovation, research, business growth and inward investment in the city.

Centred on Plymouth’s Health Innovation Campus and co-ordinated by the University of Plymouth, the partnership brings together Plymouth City Council, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, South West Academic Health Science Network, Plymouth Science Park, businesses, health and care organisations, public sector bodies and the third sector, to enhance collaboration and put the region on the health innovation map.

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You are invited to join us for a virtual event on Thursday 17 June where you can find out what the Alliance is, its purpose, and how you can engage with the Alliance Network including:

  • Connecting with the Health Innovation cluster in Plymouth

  • Establishment of a Network of Health Innovators: collaboration opportunities

  • Utilisation of assets and facilities on the Plymouth Health Innovation Campussupport to access relevant infrastructure and resources including: Plymouth Science Park, Health Tech Innovation Hub, Derriford Research Facility, University of Plymouth Peninsula Medical School

  • Providing a gateway service and advocacy for Plymouth life science organisations: single route for information, advice and guidance for organisations on their development journey

  • Access to the key anchor institutions in Plymouth: University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust – Innovation Team, trials, facilities; University of Plymouth – research, knowledge, expertise and facilities; Plymouth City Council – business growth support

  • Showcasing excellence and providing opportunities on a regional scale and beyond: promotional opportunities through Alliance Executive, Alliance Network events, regional, national and international promotion by the Alliance

  • Developing research, collaboration and funding opportunities for the Alliance Network: the University's Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research (PIHR), University of Plymouth and NHS Joint Research Office, South West Academic Health Service Network funding opportunities, Plymouth City Council business support grants and facilities


10:30 start

Welcome and introductions - Sarah Beeson, PHIA Manager, University of Plymouth

Overview/aims of the PHIA - Ian McFadzen, Chief Executive Officer, Plymouth Science Park

  • Who we are
  • Where we are
  • What we can offer

Importance of the health sector in Plymouth - David Lea, Senior Economic Development Officer, Plymouth City Council

Polling session

Working with the PHIA Partners

  • NHS - Dr Helen Neilens, Senior Research Advisor/Trust Innovation Lead Research Office, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
  • South West Academic Health Science Network - William Lilley, Programme Director, South West Academic Health Science Network
  • University of Plymouth, Centre for Health Technology - Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee (BEng, MSc, PhD, MBCS, FHEA), Head of Digital Education, Associate Professor of Digital Health and Education, University of Plymouth
  • Biovault - Kate Sneddon, CEO, Biovault and Chair of PHIA Executive


12:15 finish

This event is free for all to attend - please register your place via the above link.

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