ABHI has launched ABHI Scotland to assist Scotland’s healthcare community

Medical Devices

The UK industry association for health technology, ABHI, has launched ABHI Scotland to assist Scotland’s healthcare community in bringing the work of healthcare innovators to more patients both abroad and at home and attracting brand-new investment.

Building on several years of work with universities and companies in Scotland, the move, which will see the formation of a devoted operation in Edinburgh, to represent and support the wider healthcare community and ABHI members.

“ABHI has launched ABHI Scotland to assist Scotland’s healthcare community.“

Mark Cook, Chair of ABHI Scotland, stated: “Scotland has its own routes for HealthTech adoption by the NHS here, alongside distinct attributes that can support the development and diffusion of technologies. Scotland’s integrated approach to data, combined with its world-class university and research sector, provides a compelling offer for both export and inward investment. ABHI Scotland is a natural next step to build on our work here in Scotland and help us work ever closer with the huge variety of teams developing and supplying everything from camera pills, diagnostic tests and artificial hands to techniques that kill tumours from within for patients here and across the globe.”

Ivan McKee MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, stated: “Healthtech is a strategically important part of our life sciences sector which allows us, as a nation, to focus on addressing the world’s biggest health challenges through data-driven health solutions, innovation, design, and manufacture. As well as global players who have chosen Scotland as a base, our home-grown companies and university-spin out companies employ over forty-one thousand highly skilled people in our Life Sciences sector. I look forward to continuing to work with ABHI through this new Scottish group, to realise our shared ambition that patients here and across the world will benefit wherever and whenever they can from healthcare innovations.”

Professor Trish Connolly, the Institute’s director, stated: “The strength of this collaboration enables companies to accelerate the creation, development and delivery of products to market both here and abroad. The team I work with at the University of Strathclyde understand the needs of the medical devices industry and clinicians and we have a dedicated HealthTech Cluster to support our industry-facing research. The HTC allows us to support HealthTech companies of all sizes to make sure they do the right research in the right settings and in the right way to allow them to gain both regulatory approval and the trust of healthcare professionals who will take their solutions to patients. Our framework agreements with the NHS (NHS Lanarkshire and the NHS Golden Jubilee University Hospital) allow us to complete the triple helix of industry-academe-NHS to provide the best research environment for healthtech research.”

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