Supporting innovation and development of new medical technologies and diagnostics
The NIHR works in partnership with medical device and diagnostics companies to help them successfully translate ideas into innovative medical technologies for use in the NHS.
Our experts are based within NHS trusts and universities. They can support medical device and diagnostic companies across all stages of product development: from identifying unmet clinical needs to designing and running clinical studies.
Areas of expertise covered include:
- Patient care pathway analysis
- Health economics
- Clinical validation
- Clinical evaluation
- Device design
- Regulatory advice
- User testing and human factors
- Public and patient involvement
- Running clinical studies
These services are available for companies working across the life sciences sector and include medical device diagnostics / technology, in vitro diagnostics (IVD), imaging, radiology. It also extends to non-life sciences companies including software developers and digital companies that are working on healthcare solutions.
Companies can access these resources at any stage in their product and clinical development process. Engaging with the NIHR at an early stage in your product development can provide real benefits, such as guidance on further development of the technology and early go/no go decisions.
Funding support for SMEs
The NIHR commissions and funds health, public health, and social care research that is essential for improving the health and wealth of the nation. This includes several funding programmes designed to support innovation and product development, to evaluative research including large-scale clinical trials.
Learn which funding programmes SMEs are eligible to apply to either as a lead applicant or a co-applicant with an academic partner.
Access to expertise and collaborations
Through our NIHR Medtech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operatives (MICs), we can help you to develop new medical technologies and provide evidence on commercially-supplied in vitro diagnostic (IVD) tests. Based in leading NHS organisations which act as centres of expertise, the MICs can bring together patients, clinicians, researchers, commissioners and industry. Find out how we can help you to build a multi-disciplinary team that will work collaboratively with you to ensure you generate the evidence needed to support adoption of your medical device, digital technology or diagnostic in the NHS.
Access our Surgical Technology Evaluation Portal
The NIHR Surgical Technology Evaluation Portal (STEP) provides companies and innovators with a single point of access to expert clinicians and research active surgeons in the NHS to help develop new surgical medical devices and technologies. The resulting multidisciplinary teams can provide rapid feedback to the innovator and undertake high quality collaborative research. This can support the generation of evidence that could lead to faster and safer adoption of new surgical technologies into the NHS. Discover how we can help you to access these experts.
Run your research study in the NHS
Our Study Support Service is free of charge and helps companies and Contract Research Organisations to plan, set up and deliver high quality research to time and target in the NHS in England. Our services include: national level and site level feasibility assessments; streamlined site identification; quicker costing and contracts; rapid recruitment; and proactive performance management.
Our national network structure connects individual research sites to enable a ‘do once and share’ approach to study delivery, which means you benefit from country-wide expertise and experience.
The NIHR Medtech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operatives (MICs), have supported Mologic Ltd, a UK-based SME, in its development of a urine based test for an early indication of exacerbation, simple enough for patients to monitor their disease status at home, enabling care in the community reducing A&E visits and admissions.
Watch this and other videos of representatives from MedTech companies talking about how we have supported with the development of their technology.
MedTech SME, Healum, accessed support from our Study Support Service to help conduct clinical research in the NHS and generate evidence to demonstrate the efficacy of a digital solution that enables healthcare professionals to empower, support and motivate their patients to make healthier choices to tackle type 2 diabetes.
Read this and more case studies from MedTech companies describing how we have helped them to develop their products in the NHS.