Technological advances in diagnosis techniques can more rapidly diagnose and monitor disease and provide clinically useful prognoses for patient triage and treatments. The integration of rapid screening platforms with patient healthcare records and the use of patient-centred diagnostics, have the potential to shorten the time taken to direct patients to the most appropriate treatments and avoid the cost and health risks of using ineffective medicines.
Digital health technologies use computing platforms, connectivity, software, and sensors for health care and related uses. They include technologies intended for use as a medical product, in a medical product, as companion diagnostics, or as an adjunct to other medical products (devices, drugs, and biologics).
MedTech can save lives, improve health and contribute to sustainable healthcare. Through innovative devices and diagnostics, the industry delivers value to patients, healthcare professionals, and healthcare systems and society.
Bioprocessing is the process of increasing the number of living cells or other biologic systems/components (such as bacteria, viruses, enzymes, proteins, or nucleic acids) in a commercial bioreactor for biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
The region is home to two internationally-renowned agricultural institutions: the Royal Agricultural University and Hartpury University. It’s also home to the Rural Enterprise Centre, which is integral to the region’s educational and business growth.
Nutritional science has had a major impact on public health by identifying optimal nutrient intakes on a population-wide basis. Such advances have provided the rationale for healthy eating campaigns, which can produce significant health benefits.
In partnership with the University of Bristol, Science Creates aims to establish Bristol as a global centre for deep tech by combining specialist incubator facilities, a network of strategic partners and a dedicated venture capital fund: Science Creates Ventures
Two facilities in St Phillips and Old Market. They provide 30,000 square feet (ca. 2,787 m2) of research and development space, office and event rooms and have increased the availability of commercial lab space in the region by 82%.
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The University of Bristol is ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK for producing companies and has a total of 130 companies spun out of the university.
The University of Bristol and the University of Bath are renowned for producing pioneering start-ups, such as:
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In July 2022, Mission Street and their joint venture partner, BentallGreenOak, unveiled the acquisition of 1 Temple Way, soon to be named 'Projekt.' Their vision includes the creation of Bristol's most expansive commercial innovation facility, encompassing 148,000 sq ft of wet labs, dry labs, office, and collaborative spaces.
The former Printing Press is to be re-purposed and extended, incorporating the technical specifications that will cater for the region’s fast growth innovation companies.
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We have a strong talent pipeline with three of the region's four universities all ranking within the top 30 in the UK for Life Science related topics.
Our universities are home to a number of research institutes and specialist facilities including:
Asset hubs connect tech innovators with scientists, researchers and graduate talent to spark collaboration, innovation and growth for the West of England region.
Pfizer's Vaccine Centre of Excellence which is only the second to launch to date and the first outside the US, will be led by Adam Finn, Professor of Paediatrics at Bristol, Director of the Bristol Vaccine Centre at Bristol Medical School.
Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre is £270million a world-leading incubator for innovators of quantum inspired and deep technologies.
Institute of Bio-Sensing Technologies (UWE) is a first of its kind in the UK. Designing complex biological tests and incorporate those tests into prototype devices using microfluidics and bespoke electronics, the centre is a “one stop shop” working on all aspects of the product simultaneously.
Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA) exists to accelerate the impact of fundamental research being undertaken at the University in the Departments of Computer Science, Health and Psychology.
SETSquared is a unique enterprise partnership and a dynamic collaboration between that can be found in Bath and Bristol and is ranked as the Global No. 1 Business Incubator.
Engine Shed led by the University of Bristol in collaboration with Bristol City Council and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Engine Shed is a hub where businesses, entrepreneurs, academics, social innovators, and corporates collaborate.
The University Enterprise Zone at UWE Bristol offers facilities to companies specialising in high-tech sectors. It’s supported by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Currently residing in the Zone are: