Innovation and translation
Exploring new opportunities to commercialise your research
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Bioengineering is at the interface of engineering and medicine. Advances in technology in the last few decades have accelerated the innovation and translation pathways. Due to the ageing population healthcare innovation is a priority for the government highlighted through the appointment of Minister for Life Sciences in 2014 to lead on healthcare innovation.
To encourage and grow innovation we have created a supportive impact environment. Driven by Professor Anthony Bull, Head of Department and Dr. Darryl Overby, Director of Research, we are creating translation pathways to take devices to market, developing future medical device entrepreneurs through the MRes in Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship and working in partnership with Imperial Innovations and colleagues across Imperial College London.
The Department has 8 spin-out companies and attracts seed and philanthropic funding. The £40M donation to create the BME research hub at the Imperial White City campus will revolutionise translational research. As investment in the medical technology sector continues to grow, the Department will continue to be at the centre of future advances.
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In 2013 the Department created a 12-month MRes in Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship. Combining development of entrepreneurial skills alongside biomedical engineering knowledge. Since the course began one graduate has already gone on to receive a £1 million investment in medical device spin-out company.
In 2018, Prof Bull and the Musculoskeletal Medical Engineering Centre (Msk MEC) established a novel translational infrastructure, the Msk Accelerator, with the support of Wellcome Trust. The Msk Accelerator offers industry-inspired product development support, including an ISO13485 certified Quality Management System, for the design and development of medical devices.