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We support MedTech companies across all stages of product development: from identifying unmet clinical needs to designing and running clinical studies.
Areas of expertise covered include:
Our experts and support teams are based within National Health Service (NHS) organisations and universities throughout England and our services are available for all types of MedTech companies including medical device diagnostics/technology, in vitro diagnostics (IVD), imaging and radiology. We also support 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.
The NIHR commissions and funds health, public health and social care research that is essential for improving the health and wealth of the nation.
Our research funding programmes span the research innovation pathway, from innovation and product development to evaluative research including large-scale clinical trials and post marketing studies.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are eligible to apply to a number of our funding programmes, either as a lead applicant, or a co-applicant with an academic or clinical partner.
The NIHR invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme is dedicated to supporting and advancing the development of innovative healthcare technologies. Its Connect funding stream is specifically designed for SMEs in need of a funding boost to reach the next stage in the development pathway.
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, the MICs act as centres of expertise and bring together patients, clinicians, researchers, commissioners and industry.
The NIHR MICs launched on 1 January 2018, with more than £14 million awarded across 11 NIHR MICs over 5 years until 2022. The MICs are shown in the map on this page and are listed here:
MICs can help you to build a multi-disciplinary team that will work collaboratively with you to ensure you generate the evidence you need to support adoption of your medical device, digital technology or diagnostic in the NHS.
If you are interested in working with the NIHR MICs or would like more information, please get in touch with: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2021/22 financial year 92 MedTech companies and 22 Contract Research Organisations (CROs) accessed our Study Support Service. This service is free and helps companies and CROs to plan, place and perform high quality research on time and to target in our NHS and wider social care environment.
That same year we supported recruitment into 76 MedTech studies at various stages and helped to recruit 5,795 participants into those studies. With our help 78% of the MedTech studies that closed in that 12 month period achieved their recruitment target on time.
These achievements are made possible by our national Clinical Research Network which 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.
Our services include:
Our research-ready workforce, based throughout the NHS, can help recruit patients to your study on a full cost recovery basis. We can also help you to connect and collaborate with patients who can help shape and improve the design and delivery of your study through our Patient Engagement in Clinical Development Service. This service has been specifically designed to help you to overcome many of the regulatory challenges that companies face when working directly with patients. This is a 'paid for' extension of our free Study Support Service.
You may also be interested to know how our services complement the paid-for support services that are provided by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Watch a webinar on YouTube (slides with audio) that describes how the NIHR works in partnership with MedTech companies to help them successfully translate ideas into innovative medical technologies for use in the NHS.
The earlier you get in touch the more you will benefit from our support. Contact us now or continue reading to learn more.
Read case studies and watch related video content which describes how we support medical technology, device and diagnostic companies throughout the clinical development process
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