To coincide with the publication of the Life Science Industrial Strategy, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, announces £14.25 million funding to support 11 NIHR Medtech and In vitro diagnostic Co-operatives (MICs).
The NIHR MICs will build expertise and capacity in the NHS to develop new medical technologies and provide evidence on commercially-supplied in vitro diagnostic (IVD) tests. Funding will be provided over five years for leading NHS organisations to act as centres of expertise; bringing together patients, clinicians, researchers, commissioners and industry.
Dr Louise Wood, Director of Science, Research and Evidence at the Department of Health said:
“The funding received by the 11 NIHR Medtech and In vitro diagnostic Co-operatives will make a real difference to patient’s lives and provide a focal point for the medtech and in vitro diagnostic industries to develop new technologies and generate the evidence needed by the NHS to support the uptake of new tests”
The NIHR MICs with launch 1 January 2018 replacing the NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operatives and NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operatives, incorporating and retaining the remits of both.