£3.6m competition to develop kidney care technology

23 October 2013

The UK Department of Health and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a £3.6m fund through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) to find new technologies associated with kidney disease.

The SBRI competition is looking for organisations that can provide technologies that make a difference to patients over the whole spectrum of kidney disease ranging from early diagnosis and prevention through to treatment of advanced stages of kidney failure.

One goal is to promote patient empowerment and/or sustainable practices throughout the patient care pathway that are in line with national guidelines. the technology could be applicable for use in the home, community or secondary care and by individuals, such as patients and their carers, and/or NHS services.

The competition is open to organisations from the private, public and third sectors that can demonstrate a route to market. Entries will be selected by an open competition process primarily on their potential value to the health service and on the improved outcomes delivered to patients.

The NIHR Technology Co-operative for Devices for Dignity is holding two free events to brief potential entrants on the competition, in York on 28 Oct and London on 7 Nov 2013.

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