Connected Health Cities scoop Bionow Award


Connected Health Cities, a pan-Northern programme designed to accelerate the pace of progress in health and social care services by safely using data and technologies to identify health improvements and quickly implementing them into standard practice, has scooped the TRUSTECH-sponsored Healthcare Project of the Year Award in the 2018 Bionow Awards.

The event, which took place on 29th November 2018, promotes and celebrates outstanding achievements delivered by the North’s life science sector, which is worth more than £13bn to the economy.

More than 300 people attended the event, which saw a range of companies, including Zilico, scoop awards for their application of cutting edge technologies in the sector.

Connected Health Cities (CHC) utilises NHS data in an innovative way to create and embed learning health systems across 19 North of England care pathway projects.

Each of CHC’s projects link existing and under-used data from a variety of sources. The data is used to understand and analyse how patients move through and across their local health and social care services, providing big picture insights that were previously unavailable to NHS decision makers.

The learning health system allows research-teams to design more streamlined and efficient services, optimising care for the benefit of patients. In addition, care providers receive actionable information that empowers them to better plan, deliver and evaluate their work.

At the heart of the CHC Model is continuous improvement, intelligent use of patient data and patient pathways.

Dr Richard Deed, Technology Director at TRUSTECH, said: “The key element in selecting the winner was that through bringing together a complex number of partners and organisations, the project has been able to harness and make use of clinical data. It is a project of magnitude and truly connects the North. The project is able to identify healthcare improvement opportunities and is currently applying to do this to 20 care pathways, including alcohol misuse, COPD, stroke and childhood obesity. The immediate challenge now for CHC is to sustain its activity and continue to deliver patient benefit by harnessing the power of data for other clinical applications.”

Led by the Northern Health Science Alliance, the CHC programme is funded by the Department of Health as a partnership between 8 universities, 10 NHS Trusts and 4 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN).

Greater Manchester Connected Health City from Connected Health Cities on Vimeo.

Manchester Science Park based medtech company, Zilico, won the award for Investment Deal of the Year after attracting £13.5m to roll out the sale of ZedScan, which detects cervical cancer at an early stage. TRUSTECH has been working with Zilico, who were one of the first tenants in the MedTECH Centre, for a number of years.

The full list of winners are as follows:

  • Bionow Start Up of the Year – Sponsored by RSM
    LightOx Ltd
  • Bionow Healthcare Project of the Year – Sponsored by TRUSTECH
    The Northern Health Science Alliance – Project: Connected Health Cities
  • Bionow Project of the Year – Sponsored by Waters Corporation
    C4X Discovery Ltd – Project: Development of Orexin-1 Receptor Antagonists for the Treatment of Addiction
  • Bionow Product of the Year – Sponsored by Innovation Agency
    Femeda Ltd – Product: Pelviva – Pelvic Floor muscle re-trainer
  • Bionow Technical Service – Sponsored by Gateley Plc
    Seda Pharmaceutical Development Services – Technical Service: Integrated Pharmaceutical Development and Clinical Pharmacology Services
  • Bionow Promising Technologist of the Year – Sponsored by Seqirus
    Phil Muwanga, Lead Software Developer, C4X Discovery Ltd Bionow
  • Investment Deal of the Year – Sponsored by QIAGEN
    Zilico Ltd – Deal: Investment and Strategic Partnership
  • Bionow Outstanding Contribution – Sponsored by Sci-Tech Daresbury
    Alby Pattison, Managing Director, Hart Biologicals Ltd
  • Bionow Company of the Year – Sponsored by AstraZeneca Blueberry Therapeutics Ltd

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