South Bank Innovation are proud to be leading on delivery of the Life Sciences Innovation Support Programme, a collaboration between The Institute for Cancer Research, London, and BIG South London hosted by The London Cancer Hub.
Following a successful first cohort for the BIG Innovation Support Programme, South Bank Innovation will be drawing on our experiences with the successful SimDH and LAFIC Accelerators to recruit South London’s health, wellness, medtech, and nutrition businesses on behalf of the programme.
With the support of BIG South London and SBI, businesses enrolling onto the Cohort will be able to access:
- Mentoring and innovation strategy development through ‘innovation health checks’
- Innovation and Growth Workshops
- Academic and industry expertise through London South Bank University (LSBU), The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and BIG’s other partner universities.
Life sciences is one of the fastest expanding sectors in the UK. In 2020 there were over 5,000healthtech and life science businesses operating around the country. The Life Sciences Innovation Support Programme, hosted by The London Cancer Hub, will be expanding development opportunities for health tech and life sciences businesses in South London.
BIG are collaborating on this cohort with the ICR, which is already one of the top academic institutes in the world in industry collaboration and currently partners with over 100 companies – from small biotech and medtech firms to major pharmaceutical companies.
The London Cancer Hub is a global centre for cancer innovation. Co-delivered by The London Borough of Sutton, it’s a major redevelopment project that aims to create jobs, generate revenue, attract enterprise, and drive growth across Sutton – whilst improving cancer treatment scientific discoveries.
Euan Kerr, Project Manager for the BIG South London Innovation Support Programme, says:
“We’re looking forward to working with The Institute of Cancer Research at The London Cancer Hub to help businesses working in life sciences. The future of health relies on preventative measures, better insights, better technology and better accessibility. Empowering small businesses to innovate will help bring about this change. Programmes like the Life Sciences Innovation Support Programme are widening access to innovation by removing the barriers to R&D, which will ultimately have a positive effect on health and wellbeing. We can’t wait to get started.”