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Develop your innovation idea

At UCLPartners, we specialise in seeking out innovative products, services and technologies that are on or close to market and could benefit patients and the NHS.

If you have an earlier-stage idea for a product or service and need support to develop your idea and get it ready for the marketplace, please contact one of the organisations below .

Who can help?

These organisations will be able to help you find support in areas such as networking, research and evidence generation, seeking investment and intellectual property.


MedCity facilitate and support collaboration across the life sciences sector, helping to turn innovations into commercial products and services.

MedCity can help you to understand the steps along the pathway to turn your innovation idea into a reality. They can help connect you with industry experts, support you to get your work into clinical trials and signpost you to appropriate funding opportunities.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK work with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation. They can support you to connect with partners and investors that can help you to turn your idea into a commercially successful product.

Innovate UK also fund business and research collaborations.

Innovation Unit

The Innovation Unit can help you to identify and grow interest in your innovation through research, communications and engagement.

Bethnal Green Ventures

Bethnal Green Ventures invest in technology that has the potential to improve lives. They can also connect you with subject experts and provide access to a community for advice and support.

Intellectual Property Office

The Intellectual Property Office can help you to understand what intellectual property is, what type of protection you need for your innovation and how to apply for it.

SBRI Healthcare

The Small Business Research Initiatives scheme (SBRI) aims to find solutions for identified healthcare problems.

It provides funding opportunities for companies developing solutions for specific health needs.

NHS England

The NHS England clinical entrepreneur training programme is designed to offer opportunities for junior doctors and wider health professionals to develop their entrepreneurial aspirations during their clinical training period.


NICE’s role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. This is done by:

  • Producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners.
  • Developing quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services.
  • Providing a range of information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across the spectrum of health and social care.


The NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) has been set up to helps public, charity and industry research funders work in partnership with NIHR infrastructure.

The NOCRI team provide support for companies looking to partner with research centres or specialist expertise to help develop their technology.

NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN)

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) provide the infrastructure to deliver your research study through the NHS.

The Study Support Service helps researchers and the life sciences industry plan, set up and deliver high quality research to time and target in both the NHS and in the wider health and social care environment, across England.

Whether your study is medical, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, bio-tech or is looking at healthy populations or people with social care needs, the CRN can help.

HealthTech Connect

HealthTech Connect was established by NICE and partners to support the development and adoption of health technologies with measurable benefits.

Its aims are:

  • identifying and nurturing innovation;
  • raising the profile of transformative technology;
  • prioritising value-driven technologies for national evaluation;
  • enabling support from product development through to adoption.

Have you explored the services of the national AHSN network?

If you can’t find the support you are looking for via the organisations above, please get in touch.