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17 June, 2019 - 17:39 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge brains bid to revolutionise UK healthcare by maximising AI technology

Bruno Cotta Cambridge Judge Business School

A powerful group of Cambridge influencers have joined forces in a bid to revolutionise healthcare in the UK by leveraging the cluster’s expertise in Artificial Intelligence technology.

MedTechBOOST has been launched by Central Working, Eastern AHSN and Studio Zao along with Cambridge University’s Judge Business School plus major corporates including Arm, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Applications are now open for MedTechBOOST – a novel programme bringing together the health sector, universities and the tech industry to tackle major NHS challenges with AI.

The venture is designed to bring together individuals and small teams who have an early idea and surround them with everything they need over five days to turn it into a viable concept. At the end of the week, they’ll pitch to the NHS and big business for the chance of contracts, investment and further opportunities. 

Applications for the event are open to anyone involved with healthcare and organisers anticipate a mix of life science practitioners, startups, medical professionals and students including PhDs. 

Participants in the launch September programme will receive senior expert guidance and mentoring from an array of programme partners including Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust. 

Mental Health and healthy ageing are key planks of the initiative: Can AI be applied to improve patients’ safety and prevent suicidal behaviour or detect impending violent behaviours? In terms of healthy ageing, can AI facilitate targeted, personalised care in older people with multiple co-morbidities and detect Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms arise?

Entrepreneurs, students, early-stage startups, tech practitioners and healthcare professionals are all invited to apply at by July 31. Experience in the healthcare sector is not a requirement – applicants must simply have an early-stage idea or concept to bring to the programme. MedTechBOOST starts on September 20 at The Bradfield Centre, Trinity College’s £20 million deep tech hub on Cambridge Science Park.

James Parton, director at Central Working said: “This is one of the most ambitious collaborative health tech programmes the UK has seen, bringing world-leading universities and global businesses together with the very best individuals from the startup, tech, academic and medical fields. 

“MedTechBOOST offers individuals and early-stage startups unprecedented access to the NHS and a roster of multinational businesses and investor networks, providing a life-changing experience for anyone pursuing a career in healthcare or AI.”

Bruno Cotta, executive director at Cambridge Judge Business School Entrepreneurship Centre added: “We are delighted to support this collaborative initiative to stimulate more healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship in Cambridge and beyond. 

“Advances in mental health and healthy ageing are significant technical and managerial challenges facing the NHS and society. We look forward to working with our partners and participants as they explore new ideas, technology and business models that could create value and impact in the future.”

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