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This is the “early idea” stage, where identification of unmet clinical needs and early clinical and patient engagement is key to shaping a successful product that will deliver patient and clinical benefits.

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See NHS Five Year Forward View for national perspective

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Consult the STPs for regional perspectives

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Steps to building a business case

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The King’s Fund Guide to the NHS

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Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) support business growth

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HealthUnlocked is the patient social network

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Support for intellectual property issues can be accessed through the AHSN although we do not provide a technical service relating to patent applications and the requirements for other forms of protection such as copyright. We can provide general information and input on issues such as confidentiality. A number of specialist firms operate across the region and further details can be supplied on request or alternatively consult the Intellectual Property Office

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Oxford University Innovation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Oxford, managing technology transfer and academic consulting for Oxford, and providing consultancy services to clients around the world to support commercialisation

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UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) staff provide expert international trade advice and practical support to UK-based companies who want to grow their business overseas

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Oxford Clinical Insights programme connects life sciences companies to clinical staff within the NHS and is a means for companies to discuss products and ideas with end-users from OUH

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NHS Innovation Workshops provides a forum for early stage discussions between companies and experienced NHS healthcare professionals to jointly develop solutions for unmet clinical need

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There are many sources of funding for life sciences businesses in England. These range from venture capital funds, angel investors, grants from public and private sectors to crowd funding and for those affiliated with a university, visit your technology transfer office for more information. Looking for suitable funding bodies can be almost as challenging as preparing a grant application. Here are some ideas for where to start.

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The Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare) is an NHS England initiative, championed by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), who aim to promote UK economic growth whilst addressing unmet health needs and enhancing the take up of known best practice

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Office for Life Sciences: A How to guide. A guide to navigating the innovation pathway in England

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James Lind Alliance brings patients, carers and healthcare professionals together in Priority Setting Partnerships to identify and prioritise topics for future research

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Pre-clinical checklist PDF

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The NIB Workstream 1.2 (in development) will include an element of patient and healthcare provider 
research at the second stage, which involves community evaluation through an engaged group of professionals, commissioners or end-users, giving opinions of usability, functionality and any early stories around impact 


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DHACA Medical Apps Guide. This document was originally intended as a medical apps developer’s guide to EU/UK regulation. However as work began it became clear that the desire to improve understanding was common among all three communities impacted by this new type of aid to improved health & wellbeing: commissioners, developers & users. DHACA has therefore produced three inter-related sets of guidance to help with the commissioning, developing & acquisition by patients of medical apps.

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Patent Box and tax benefits for the commercialisation of intellectual property in the UK

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