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InvestNI - a Focus on Connected Health, Collaborative Networks and Investment

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  • Good afternoon ladies and Gentlemen. It is a real pleasure for me for speak to you this afternoon on Collaborative Networks and Investment. The Division which I lead at Invest NI covers a range of disciplines, including LIfe Sciences, Creative Industries, ICT and Financial Services Technology
  • In recognition that many of you are from outside Northern Ireland, let me explain briefly the role of Invest NI. We are the economic development agency for Northern Ireland, tasked with growing the economy - in partnership with our client companies, our Universities and key government stake-holders, such as the Department of Health and trade associations such as BioBusiness Our Client companies comprise start-ups, established local business and new inward investors. We have a range of solutions to assist companies grow - listed on the left of the slide R&D is a key programme, to assist industry-led collaborative research
  • Northern Ireland has strong track record in Life Sciences, which employ 4,100 people. Companies of note include Almac and Randox The disciplines of Biomedical Science, Clinical Medicine, Chemistry, Mathematics and IT - working together in Cancer Research NI has significant strength in Bio-Engineering, Nanotechnology and sensor technologies, pioneered by the University of Ulster This has generated significant commercial opportunities in licensing and spin-out companies, examples of which include Heartsine, Heartscape and Intelesens NI has significant strength in Centres of Excellence: The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology in Belfast - £25m investment, 300 researchers, 3 spin-out companies - Fusion Antibodies, Almac Diagnostics and iPath Diagnostics C-TRIC - the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre, is a unique facility promoting and facilitating translational research. Partners include the Western Trust, University of Ulster, Derry City Council and ILEX
  • Northern Ireland has one of the best education systems in the UK: Our local universities actively seek collaboration opportunities Invest NI’s Collaboration Programmes link industry, academia and clinicians. An example of this is the European Connected Health Campus The Programme for Government seeks to increase the number of PhDs, making Northern Ireland a magnet for talent. We actively welcome the sponsorship of PhD students by industry.
  • BioBusiness and the ECHCampus have both received support through the programme
  • Northern Ireland is well placed to exploit these opportunities
  • Organisations like BioBusiness and C-TRIC facilitate Academic, Business and Clinical collaboration at a local and international level High quality property - incubation, research are office accommodation is needed to sustain growth and clustering Government needs to back the private sector by providing timely and attractive financial support and promoting collaboration I will cover a few of the key collaborative initiatives that Invest NI is involved in, over the next few slides
  • This is a practical example of two Government Departments effectively working together. The introduction of the service will generate valuable experience within our healthcare system, which can be re-cycled into additional projects The project is currently at the short-list sage. Bosch, BT, HP and a consortia led by Tunstall are bidding for the work. These companies bring international experience to NI - which we will exploit. The tender has suffered delays and has recently been accessed against DHSSPS priorities. The programme is continuing and engagement with the short-listed companies will recommence shortly I am delighted that Dr Hubert Curran from the ECCH is speaking later today and will be able to provide a more comprehensive update
  • The Campus is channeling significant international support to promote Connected Health in Ireland, Europe and North America. Northern Ireland has played a key role in its creation. Invest NI provides funding through its Collaborative Networks Programme The Campus benefits from the support of CIMIT, QUB, UU, C-TRIC and has links with the Netwell Centre in Dundalk. CIMIT - Centre for Integration Medicine and Innovative Technology has strong links to Partners Healthcare in Boston
  • Medical Devices in Connected Health project 09-11 - funded by Invest NI
  • NIMAC Collaboration covers academic, business and clinicians Joe Kvadar (Partners Connected Health) has been asked to assist in Boston NIMAC chaired by Brian O’Connor Life Sciences is the initial focus for NIMAC Invest NI’s Trade Mission in Oct covers the NIMAC and Partners events
  • Finally, let me summarize the key points
  • Thank you
  • Donal Durkan

    1. 1. A Focus on Connected Health Collaborative Networks and Investment Donal Durkan Invest NI 2nd September 2010
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Invest NI </li></ul><ul><li>Programme for Government </li></ul><ul><li>What collaboration means for the Life Sciences sector </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of collaboration within Connected Health </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
    3. 3. Invest NI’s Role Collaborative Networks Programme
    4. 4. Life Sciences Sector in NI <ul><li>Diverse range of companies including Almac and Randox - with turnover of around £450m. </li></ul><ul><li>4,100 employees in the sector </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-disciplinary collaboration </li></ul>
    5. 5. Further & Higher Education <ul><li>World-renowned universities, working closely with industry: </li></ul><ul><li>University of Ulster </li></ul><ul><li>C-TRIC, Bio-Engineering (NIBEC) </li></ul><ul><li>Molecular Bio-Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Queen’s University Belfast </li></ul><ul><li>Member of the Russell Group </li></ul><ul><li>Medical School - links with DHSSPS </li></ul><ul><li>6 Major Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Vocational education and conversion programmes </li></ul>
    6. 6. Invest NI Support <ul><li>Invest NI has a range of programmes to support business expansion, capability development and innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation programmes, particularly grant for R&D&I, assist companies to improve productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Invest NI supports collaboration through the Collaborative Networks Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Over the last 4 years, Invest NI has invested £24m in the Life Sciences Sector, which has leveraged £148m total investment. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Life Sciences Investment Total of £24m Invest NI and £148m Total Investment
    8. 8. Programme for Government <ul><li>To create a Peaceful, Fair and Prosperous society </li></ul><ul><li>5 Objectives, with the Economy at the centre </li></ul><ul><li>Government departments are supporting DETI and Invest NI to grow the economy </li></ul><ul><li>The Department of Health is a key partner in the development of the Connected Health initiative </li></ul><ul><li>The Department of Employment and Learning is providing support on the key area of skills development </li></ul>
    9. 9. MATRIX <ul><li>The Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment formed MATRIX, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel </li></ul><ul><li>MATRIX’s role to provide expert advice on how to best develop a knowledge economy </li></ul><ul><li>Within Life Sciences, Connected Health and Personalised Medicine were identified as priorities </li></ul><ul><li>The key recommendation is the creation of cross-sectoral and cross-disciplinary industry-led Innovation Communities, focused on collaboration </li></ul>
    10. 10. Collaboration in Life Sciences <ul><li>One of the main drivers in the Life Sciences Sector is Translational Medicine - the quick and efficient exploitation of basic research into clinical practice </li></ul><ul><li>This requires a collaborative approach between industry, academia and clinical practice </li></ul><ul><li>Industry is keen on the approach, as it reduces time to market </li></ul><ul><li>It also allows new types of industry players to enter the clinical market - e.g. Connected Health solutions </li></ul>
    11. 11. Collaboration requires <ul><li>Strong leadership within the Government, Business, Academic and Clinical stake-holders </li></ul><ul><li>An international perspective - cross-border, EU and US </li></ul><ul><li>A strong commitment from clinicians and “payers” to implement new solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Finance, support and facilitation </li></ul><ul><li>Invest NI is providing financial support to develop collaboration in the Life Sciences sector </li></ul>
    12. 12. NI Connected Health Initiative <ul><li>Joint Government initiative promoting health and wealth </li></ul><ul><li>Launched by Ministers McGimpsey (Health) and Dodds (Economy) in February 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>A significant Connected Health project, to monitor in excess of 2000 patients </li></ul><ul><li>European Centre for Connected Health established - to pioneer new solutions into NI’s healthcare system </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>European Connected Health Campus launched in March 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>An international collaborative network bringing together business, academia and clinicians </li></ul><ul><li>Intel, Bosch, Viterion (Bayer) and CA were its Foundation Members </li></ul><ul><li>The Campus has run two European Connected Health Leadership Summit in Belfast </li></ul><ul><li>The Summits attracted significant cross-border, EU and US participation </li></ul>ECHCampus
    14. 14. BioBusiness <ul><li>Life Sciences trade body operating on an all island basis </li></ul><ul><li>Key player in promoting academic, business and clinical collaboration in Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitating a number of key Connected Health projects </li></ul><ul><li>New funding for ABC Ireland announced today will allow BioBusiness to extend its work-programme, on an all island basis. </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>NIMAC - the Northern Ireland Massachusetts Connection is facilitating collaboration between the two regions </li></ul><ul><li>Senate President Therese Murray led a Life Sciences delegation to Derry and Belfast in June. </li></ul><ul><li>A NIMAC event is scheduled for 20th October in October 2010, ahead of the Partner’s Connected Health Symposium </li></ul><ul><li>Invest NI along with QUB and UU are supporting the initiative </li></ul>NIMAC
    16. 16. In Conclusion <ul><li>Life Sciences is a key sector within the NI economy. Collaboration is a key factor in developing new innovative solutions in sector </li></ul><ul><li>On a cross-border basis, within Europe and North America, Invest NI is actively developing collaborative partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>The work undertaken by BioBusiness in particular, is strengthening collaboration within the island of Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Invest NI is committed to building high-quality Life Sciences collaborative partnerships, which in turn will bring both economic and health benefits </li></ul>
    17. 17. Collaborative Networks and Investment Thank you