A new healthcare innovation cluster has opened at the Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC) in Dublin to foster collaboration between start-ups, medical practitioners and patients.
The GEC has partnered with St James’s Hospital to create the cluster, which has already attracted 20 healthcare companies ranging from early-stage start-ups to established international organisations.
Companies that have joined the Health@GEC cluster include telemedicine software company Red Zinc, digital health company Kids Speech Labs and digestive health start-up FoodMarble.
The cluster aims to boost healthcare innovation in Ireland and abroad. Some of its current projects are focused on specialised clinical research and training, while others involve supporting patients in and out of hospitals to help alleviate capacity issues.
Guinness Enterprise Centre health lead Paul Anglim said the cluster links healthcare providers and institutions with companies and “a supporting ecosystem of partners and investors. It is a hub from which innovators can access the network, locations, supports and people to bring their product to market successfully, thereby improving patient outcomes and new product adoption.”
Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) has also joined Health@GEC as an ecosystem partner, increasing the potential for collaboration and open innovation. CHI has been using the GEC as a base for innovation workshops and upskilling healthcare workers.
St James’s Hospital and CHI have also used the GEC as a base for their Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Programme. This involves a multidisciplinary team supporting adolescents and young adults living with cancer in a non-clinical setting.
Orla Veale, programme director for the Academic Health Science centre, said, “St James’s recognises the value of open innovation to ensure it remains a leading healthcare organisation nationally and internationally, but also to continue to meet the needs of our patients into the future.”
Source: Silicon Republic