University of Brighton researchers are joining forces with entrepreneurs and community groups to build a social and commercial network tasked with improving health, accelerating innovation and enhancing competitiveness in the city area.
The university’s Healthy Futures will be the platform for new partnerships which will bring new technological solutions in disease preventions, diagnoses and advanced clinical treatments while developing new models for children mental health and adult health care. The collaboration of businesses and organisations with the university will also foster high-skill training, students’ placements and jobs.
The first Healthy Futures Entrepreneurs Café in the city was attended by representatives from companies producing biomedical, pharmaceutical and digital health products and innovation as well as leaders of social enterprises on the front line of family therapy, youth mental health and adult primary care.
Afterwards, a spokesperson for the city council said: “This is a great example of how making strong links between research and business will be used to benefit communities and the city.
“The city’s economic strategy aims to bring together pioneering research with entrepreneurial talent to grow the city’s economic potential, include communities in new developments, and improve the lives of all our residents.”
Councillor Garry Wall, Chairman of Greater Brighton, said: “Collaboration between public authorities, private businesses and academia is crucial if we as a City Region, stretching from Brighton north to Gatwick, are able to continue to grow and fulfill our potential.
“For that reason I’m delighted to see this initiative around the very important area of health innovation and research start so promisingly. We already have a number of world leaders in this field and, thanks to initiatives like the entrepreneur cafe, I’m sure that number will keep on growing in the future.”