Join us on Thursday 29th April 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30pm for our funded ERDF R&I Health Accelerator webinar where you will hear from experts from academic, commercial, research and legal organisations.


12:30 – Welcome and introductions

12:35 – Collaboration with researchers – how and why

  • Chris Hepworth, Business Engagement Manager, University of Manchester Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health

12:45 – IP Top Tips for SMEs

  • Fran Salisbury, patent attorney, Mewburn Ellis

13:00 – Case Study – Zilico Ltd – lessons learned on the journey from research to commercialisation and adoption of a new medical device

  • Sameer Kothari, Chief Executive, Zilico Limited

13:15 – Panel discussion – common questions and pitfalls in IP commercialisation and collaboration between SMEs and researchers

  • Panel: Andy Wilkinson (CEO, UoM Innovation Factory), Fran Salisbury (Mewburn Ellis), Chris Hepworth (UoM Business Engagement), Richard Deed (Associate Commercial Director – Industry, Health Innovation Manchester) and Sameer Kothari (CEO, Zilico Ltd.)


This event is hosted by The University of Manchester Innovation Factory who are delivery partners of The Research and Innovation (R&I) Health Accelerator ERDF project alongside Health Innovation Manchester, The University of Manchester, Manchester City Council and Bionow

About the Research and Innovation Health Accelerator ERDF Fund Project

The Research and Innovation (R&I) Health Accelerator is a new ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) part-funded project delivered by Health Innovation Manchester, The University of Manchester, The University of Manchester Innovation Factory, Manchester City Council and Bionow.

The project invites SMEs to collaborate with Greater Manchester’s research and innovation institutions to accelerate development and improve commercialisation of innovative healthcare products and services within life sciences. SMEs will be able to access expertise and support including information about navigating the health and care system, developing value propositions, ethics & regulatory advice and access to university-wide expertise.

There will also be opportunities to build lasting research collaborations with researchers, Greater Manchester universities, NHS organisations and the broader health innovation community. These collaborations will be used to share knowledge, address the barriers to adoption and co-develop proposals for research and development projects.

Companies engaged within the support programme, and collaborating with a research institution, will also have the opportunity to apply for innovation vouchers of 24 x £2,499 and follow on vouchers of 5 x £20,000. In addition, there will be post-doctoral research assistant support available (15 x £20,000) from The University of Manchester.

For further information about this funding project please contact: