Innovation Agency is the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast, covering Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria, with around 4.1 million residents. Our footprint includes 25 NHS providers, 15 CCGs, nine universities and a large number of life science industry partners.
Our core purpose is to spread innovation, improve health, generate economic growth
We are catalysts for the spread of innovation at pace and scale – improving health, generating economic growth and helping facilitate change across whole health and social care economies.
We connect regional networks of NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry – responding to the diverse needs of our patients and populations through partnership and collaboration.
We create the right environment for relevant industries to work with the health and social care system.
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What one top tip would you give to a business owner embarking on a growth plan?
For healthcare companies it’s always wise to engage with NHS staff and clinicians at the earliest possible opportunity. Fortunately, there is a clear mechanism available to do this now – that’s one of the roles of Innovation Agency. With our extensive network of NHS stakeholders, from NHS Trusts to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to local Universities we’re able to provide real practical advice and introductions to help your business grow.
Why is Lancashire a great place to grow a business?
For us at the AHSN Lancashire is a key component of our network – the county contains some high quality NHS organisations. The county also boasts some great burgeoning healthcare companies who are ideally placed to engage with their local NHS infrastructure.
Why are you backing Boost?
We’re backing Boost because Healthcare companies in the region need all the support they can get. We want to ensure that local companies realise that they can tap into advice and practical help from the NHS.