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Innovation Pop up

Published November 20, 2022, 21:13 pm

DNV Imatis recently signed a membership agreement with The Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) Innovation Pop up. This is an initiative to stimulate innovation generation, adoption, and translation in LTHT existing hospitals, and prepare for their new hospitals opening in 2026.

At the heart of innovation
The Innovation Pop Up launched in 2021. It is an integral part of the Building the Leeds Way development programme and key to creating a new innovation village for Leeds. 

Innovation pop up
From left: Dag Ausen, VP Business Development and Marketing, DNV Imatis and Chris McKnee, Business Development and Innovation Manager, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust (LTHT)

Key achievements include:

  • Winning the research and innovation category in the Chief Scientific Officer’s Excellence in Healthcare Science Awards 2022
  • Engagement with 150 companies
  • Identified 32 potential opportunities for collaboration
  • Funding opportunities identified for 10 partners
  • International engagement across Israel, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, Taiwan and Japan
  • Established a clinical entrepreneur programme at the Trust with the Healthcare Entrepreneur Exchange Programme

LTHT is building two new hospitals for adults and children that will provide excellent patient care for the people of Leeds, and improve the lives of people -both regionally and nationally.  

Designed on the advice of Florence Nightingale and completed under the exacting eye of architect Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1869, the Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) was the world’s first civic hospital. It delivered national and international breakthroughs, including the UK’s first kidney and hand transplants and the birth of modern emergency medicine, but now the Grade I listed Gilbert Scott Building is home to a growing community of high-tech start-ups led by clinicians and entrepreneurs focused on advancing modern medicine once again.

Since its launch in September 2021, the Innovation Pop Up in the Gilbert Scott Building has worked with 150 companies across 15 countries including Israel, Norway, Spain, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, the USA, and Taiwan.

It is the first phase in establishing an Innovation Village at LGI and is a valuable test bed for new innovations, technologies, and ways of working before they are implemented in LTHT new hospitals. The Innovation Popup is situated close to clinicians and patients on the NHS side of innovation.