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20 years of Health Tech Enterprise

This year, we celebrate our 20th anniversary. We look back at our progress since formation and what's coming next for the organisation and our partners.

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Welcome to our celebration of our 20th anniversary. We look back at our major milestones over the years, what’s changed in the rapidly evolving health innovation space and look forward to what’s coming next for Health Tech Enterprise and our partners.

Major Milestones 2004 – 2024

November 2004

November 2004

HEE launches as spin-out of Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with a mission to accelerate new medical technologies to market.

November 2005

November 2005

Within 12 months we had run our first annual innovation competition and launched the first of many new products and services to emerge from the NHS. These included equipment specifically designed to support cervical smear tests, a multimedia campaign to support best practice in hand-washing and a drug-cabinet designed to facilitate the safe disposal of used needles.

October 2008

October 2008

HEE launches a pilot programme to help train ‘Innovation Scouts’ working within the NHS to identify, capture and evaluate innovations within their own Trust.

May 2009

May 2009

SBRI Healthcare regional pilot launches with funding for medical technology companies developing solutions that meet unmet NHS needs. HEE would go on to run the national programme between 2011 and 2019, distributing £90m of funding to over 180 projects.

July 2013

July 2013

HEE expands it’s geographical remit beyond the east of England, delivering innovation management support services to NHS Trusts in the midlands, London and the south of England.

November 2015

November 2015

HEE achieves it’s first trade sale of a portfolio company with the sale of Northwood Medical Innovation, a spin-out of WestHertfordshire NHS Hospitals Trust, to Allergan PLC, a leading global pharmaceutical and aesthetics company.

July 2017

July 2017

The Medtech Accelerator, an HEE joint venture company, announces the first award winners under its £2m proof of concept award scheme for development of new medical technologies originating from within the NHS.

December 2017

December 2017

HEE launches Medovate backed by £9m of funding to boost NHS medtech innovation. HEE would licence 3 innovations to Medovate for development including Safira®, a safer injection system for regional anaestheisa.

February 2019

February 2019

HEE and Health Innovation East co-run the Clinical Innovator Forum event to provide guidance and mentoring to health professionals with an innovative idea. Since then, over 110 clinical innovators have participated.

March 2020

March 2020

HEE wins £1m ERDF innovation grant to launch MedTech NAVIGATOR programme. Designed to facilitate knowledge transfer between innovative SMEs and the NHS, the programme supported 84 SMEs providing access to insights, knowledge exchange events and innovation grants.

April 2022

April 2022

HEE relaunches as Health Tech Enterprise (HTE) to better reflect the business’ international reach and breadth of expertise in market insights, health economics, regulation, funding and technology commercialisation.

February 2024

February 2024

HTE supports client to obtain product listing on the NHS drug tariff with a health economic evaluation to demonstrate cost-effectiveness.

Improving people’s health through technology and innovation.

Throughout our 20 year history we have worked with and supported many healthcare innovators from the NHS, industry and academia to bring their ideas to reality. You can read their stories and see the impact their innovations have had.

Teledermoscopy Tool for Skin Cancer - Open Medical

Teledermoscopy Tool for Skin Cancer - Open Medical

Open Medical have developed a novel teledermoscopy tool aimed to enhance the triage of dermatology referrals, particularly for suspected skin cancer. This tool holds the promise to considerably shorten the journey from referral to the final diagnosis, optimising the utilisation of healthcare resources. The team worked with HTE to assess the health economic impact of their work.

Paediatric Drug Delivery Device - North West Anglia NHS FT

Paediatric Drug Delivery Device - North West Anglia NHS FT

Dr Scott Fraser, working in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, has developed a device for administration of medication in a medical emergency. The device aims to improve patient safety by quickly and accurately setting the required dose of medication, which is especially important when working with paediatrics.

The future

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