Develop your business

The Medical Innovation and Commercialisation Accelerator Programme (MedIComm) is a unique programme in partnership with UCLan and four Lancashire NHS trusts.

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Getting a new product or service from concept to being market-ready can be a long and arduous journey. There are many hurdles to clear along the way and it is easy to get lost or stalled.

The Medical Innovation & Commercialisation Accelerator Programme is a collaborative project funded through European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) monies involving the University of Central Lancashire and the four Lancashire NHS Trusts.

The focus of our programme is to support those staff on the front line who are uniquely placed to identify inefficiencies in the health care system. Developing solutions that can demonstrate value in meeting a clinical need, providing demonstrable health benefits to patients and patient care, whilst helping to drive down the cost of healthcare delivery.

However, many of those staff find it a huge step to take these solutions through to commercial products and services and one that many have no knowledge of or skills to engage in.

To support clinical and non-clinical staff within the Trusts, we have brought together a team of experienced professionals who bring significant expertise and insights. Our team has created a portfolio of services, tools and resources based on their direct experience with front line innovators.

We can support you through each stage of the go-to-market journey to transform ideas and innovations into reality via a step-by-step process of refining. We can help test the idea, analyse the market opportunity, develop the business model, and license or launch a new start-up company to commercially exploit the opportunity.

The programme is supported by ERDF in partnership with:

  • University of Central Lancashire
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Who is it for?

Any staff member employed by the Lancashire NHS Trusts who has an idea or is working on research or an invention or process delivery improvement that has the potential to improve or create new approaches, practices, treatments, technologies, or services to healthcare delivery.

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I am delighted with the progress of the MedIComm programme and the service from the University around this sub-regional, networked interaction for NHS Trusts in Lancashire and South Cumbria (L&SC). L&SC has traditionally lacked connectivity and trained personnel/experts in commercialisation, IP and entrepreneurialism. MedIComm is already threading this together for our four acute Trusts and the University with staff and know-how.
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Paul Brown
Deputy Director of Research & Innovation (Operations)UKCRF Network - Director

As the government funding for this project ended on 30 June 2023 please contact our Business Enquiries Team or call us on +44 (0) 1772 895500. We can discuss with you what other options may be available to you to support you. This could be in your research, development, training and consultancy needs.

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Please get in touch for any further information.


Tel: 01772 894255