Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Centre for Biological Engineering

Enhancing the Competitiveness of Health Technology SMEs

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The Healthcare Engineering Group within the Centre of Biological Engineering is a translational research group with a focus on innovation and exploitation of healthcare technologies and regulated manufacturing for the commercialisation of these technologies. This includes drug delivery systems, medical device technology and emerging regenerative medicine products.

The Group works with multiple stakeholders (researchers, industry, users), levels (student, researcher, investigator) and disciplines (from clinical and biological science to engineering, regulatory, business disciplines and embracing social science) with significant impact on both research focus and business transformation.

With a strong business emphasis the Group seeks to improve healthcare delivery and promote industry growth in its value chain. It has an active incremental research portfolio that includes the following themes: innovation processes and delivery performance in healthcare, regional intervention strategies for industry growth in healthcare, business model strands for small business success in healthcare technology exploitation and identification of barriers to growth.

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Multiple SMEs


Professor David J Williams: D.J.Williams@lboro.ac.uk, 01509 227668

Project outputs / results

Hourd, P. and Williams, D.J., ''Success in healthcare technology businesses: Coordinating the value milestones of new product introduction, financial stakeholders and business growth'', Innovation: management, policy and practice, 8(3), 1st October 2006, 229-247, ISSN 14479338, [WWW] Available from: http://www.innovation-enterprise.com/8.3/8.3.2.html

Hourd, P. and Williams, D.J., ''Results from an exploratory study to identify the factors that contribute to success for UK medical device small- and medium-sized enterprises'', Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 222(H5), 2008, 717-735, ISSN 0954-4119, [WWW] Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1243/09544119JEIM125

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State-of-the-art facility

The facility is made up of a suite of Class 2 laboratories for cell growth, a bioelectrical facility and an analytical suite to service all laboratories.

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