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HSC R&D Supports Health Tech Spring Conference

Health and Social Care Research and Development (HSC R&D) supported and presented at the first Health Innovation Research Alliance Northern Ireland (HIRANI) conference ‘Health Tech Spring’ at Titanic Belfast.

HIRANI hosted a range of speakers, panellists, global keynotes and local thought leaders as well as a “Life Sciences, Life Support” masterclass event for businesses who provide support services to the life science industry. There were also innovation zones and pitching events. The conference focussed on two strands; digital ecosystems to integrate diagnostics and therapeutics; and community people-centred design to accelerate innovation and adoption of health technology.

Raising awareness of HSC R&D, Dr Janice Bailie presented on HSC R&D activity alongside chairing a panel on the clinical trials landscape. HSC R&D’s industry team were on-hand to provide guidance and support to delegates. Many delegates spoke to Julie McCullough and Marie Cahir at the HSC R&D stand during the two-day conference.

Colleagues from Business Services Organisation highlighted the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) programme within health. The team also provide support to existing innovations and suppliers helping them to work with HSC.

iREACH Health, part of the Belfast Region City Deal, presented on its plans to support the delivery of better health and wellbeing outcomes. iREACH aims to bring economic & social benefits to NI through a collaborative programme with Health, industry, government and communities.

Thanks to the HIRANI team for a great conference and enabling connectivity within the research community.

Left to right:  Marie Cahir, Industry Engagement Administrator HSC R&D, Dr Janice Bailie, Assistant Director HSC R&D, Dr Julie McCullough, Industry Engagement Manager HSC R&D.

Left to right: Keynote Speaker Victoria Manax Rutson, Life Sciences Advisory Panel & Medical Oncologist; Professor Mahendra Patel, Head of the Centre for Research Equity; Margaret Grayson, PIER member; Dr Janice Bailie, Assistant Director HSC R&D; Dr Judy Bradley, iREACH Health Director.

BSO and HSC R&D colleagues at our stand.