Life Sciences Hub Wales is supporting Hywel Dda University Health Board’s new TriTech Institute with its first innovation challenge this month. 

New challenge launched for industry support with health and care solutions

The West Wales health board has made £80,000 worth of funding available for winning projects that will support a number of its clinical areas with solutions provided by digital and technology industry partners, put forward by health and social care.

The clinical areas include:

  • A network of connected, smart devices, and objects with improved communication and automation;
  • Connected medical or care devices that can generate, collect, analyse, and transmit data that contributes to major advances in wireless technology and computing;
  • Medical or care devices that demonstrate improvements in patient outcomes;
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) that can be used in a device or system; diagnosis of heart disease, detecting cancer in mammography, detecting retinopathy, medical imaging of liver, lung and prostate cancer, in-vitro diagnostic tools; and
  • Mobile healthcare apps that can assist health boards and social care organisations to be able to meet the ever-changing needs of our patients. 

The challenge is now live and the deadline for submissions is Friday 10 September 2021.

A virtual event will take place over two weeks, starting with challenge pitches on 14 September. Eight solutions will be shortlisted to present to a panel on 23 September 2021, when four successful submissions will be provided with £20,000 of funding and Accelerate support to take their ideas forward.

The TriTech Institute is Hywel Dda University Health Board’s innovation hub. The challenge is a collaboration between the Institute, Life Sciences Hub Wales and the Accelerate Healthcare Technology Centre.

Professor Chris Hopkins, Head of Clinical Engineering, TriTech Institute, said:

“We are looking forward to welcoming challenges from our colleagues in health and social care, and want to thank our supporting partners in the build up to the two-day event.”

Life Sciences Hub Wales are hosting the challenge on their innovation portal.  Dr Rhodri Griffiths, Innovation Director, Life Sciences Hub Wales, said:

“We are delighted to be supporting Tritech’s first health and care innovation challenge – as part of our commitment to foster and grow a culture of innovation around Wales.”

Find out  how to submit a challenge and further details on key dates for Tritech’s innovation challenge by clicking here.