Foster launches Northern Ireland Connected Health Innovation Centre
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today launched the new £7million Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC) at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown.
CHIC is the result of a £6.8million investment by a consortium of leading technology companies and is being supported by a £5million R&D offer from Invest Northern Ireland. The centre, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, represents a new approach to funding R&D, placing greater emphasis on collaboration and industry leadership.
Launching the centre, Arlene Foster said: “The Connected Health Innovation Centre will bring together leading academic and industry researchers to carry out strategic research focused on connected health solutions. This collaboration will see businesses, universities and health providers innovating together to create new products and services that will improve healthcare provision and deliver real benefits for Northern Ireland companies.
“Northern Ireland is leading the way in the field of Connected Health and this new centre further consolidates that position, and provides an excellent forum within which to develop innovative approaches to the provision of health and social services.”
Speaking at the launch, Professor James McLaughlin OBE of the University of Ulster said: “This new centre is the next step in building a Northern Ireland connected health eco-system. By developing stronger links between academic researchers and customer focused companies, the centre can de-risk innovation for the companies and reduce the time to market for new innovative products and services. This will create opportunities for companies to compete globally and reach new markets as well as giving local health providers access to leading edge solutions and skills.”