Financial services firm Deloitte has launched a new tech hub in Birmingham aimed at boosting innovation in the health sector.
The initiative will be based at the firm’s offices in Brindleyplace and be supported by a team of more than 100 staff across the practice.
The ‘Health Tech Catalyst’ will provide a programme to support health tech businesses and bring together researchers, industry and the NHS, both domestically and internationally.
Among the services on offer are regular events, a database of relevant whitepapers and insight and a drop-in surgery where industry experts will be on hand to examine individual challenges and offer support.
There will also be a collaborative lab which promotes shared learning and connections, services aimed specifically at ambitious and fast-growth start-ups and SMEs and workshops covering topics such as procurement, funding and supply chain management.
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Initially to be run virtually due to covid restrictions, the aim is to create more commercial opportunities for innovators and accelerate health tech.
Health Tech Catalyst is being led by audit partner Gus Miah who heads Deloitte’s public services assurance and advisory practice in the Midlands.
He said: “This year we have seen just how vital digital solutions are for organisations and individuals.
“While the digitisation of healthcare isn’t a new concept, we know from experience how difficult it can be to develop and deploy new innovations quickly and safely into frontline health care.
“We wanted to identify a way in which we could help accelerate that process, overcome barriers to growth for health tech companies while also helping support healthcare providers.
“The catalyst is our way of using our experience and connections to bring all the different components together in order to benefit all.”
Tim Pile, who chairs Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, added: “Innovation in healthcare technologies presents a huge opportunity for growth both regionally and nationally.
“Greater Birmingham is already home to world-class facilities and expertise and a growing cluster of innovative med-tech businesses and entrepreneurs.
“With strengths in clinical trials, digital technologies and data, the region is well positioned to develop new technologies to improve health outcomes in a global marketplace.
“The launch of the Health Tech Catalyst is an exciting and very welcome development, further cementing our place as a global centre of excellence in healthcare technologies and innovation.”