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Heriot-Watt University and ABHI sign healthtech MoU


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Anthony Harford, head of business development at Heriot-Watt University; Mark Cook, chair of ABHI and chair of Scottish Brain Sciences; Michelle Beukes, business development manager at Heriot-Watt University
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Heriot-Watt University has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) to collaborate on medical research and development.

Over 150 academics in the university’s new Global Research Institute in Health and Care Technologies will work with the ABHI, multinational and small and medium sized companies.

Members of the ABHI supply a range of products including digitally enhanced technologies, diagnostic tools and surgical robots.

The MoU involves a ‘triple helix’ approach, engaging academia, health systems, and industry partners throughout Scotland and the UK with a commitment to understanding the challenges innovators face in healthtech research and commercialisation.

Advancing research

Steve McLaughlin, vice principal and provost at Heriot-Watt University said: “This collaboration is an important step in advancing our global research in health and care technology solutions. We will work together to co-develop research, address regulation, enhance data and insight, while meticulously championing patient privacy and protection.

“The ABHI provides valuable insights into market trends and cross-territory landscapes. By leveraging our combined international connections, we aim to support innovators in accessing global markets and attracting foreign investments to Scotland.

“The mission of our new Global Research Institute in Health and Care Technologies is to collaborate closely with industry and sector partners to deliver innovative, sustainable, and practical solutions to global health challenges. This MoU exemplifies the kind of collaborative approach we want to promote.”

The ABHI recently unveiled its manifesto, The Plan for HealthTech, a strategic blueprint that includes a 10-point programme for government.

Peter Ellingworth, chief executive of ABHI, said: “By fostering such collaborations, we can drive sustainable innovation, enhance patient care, support economic growth, and ensure that groundbreaking technologies reach the market more efficiently.”

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