Newsletter Summer 2021
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Welcome to the Summer 2021 SBRI Healthcare newsletter

In this issue we are delighted to announce the launch of SBRI Healthcare Competition 18, 'Stroke and Technology' and 'Delivering a Net Zero NHS', and share preliminary details of Competition 19, 'Mental Health Inequalities in Children and Young People' and 'NHS Reset & Recovery and New Ways of Working'.  

We also have a set of exciting news from SBRI Healthcare portfolio innovators, a reminder to read the latest annual review, and details from our recent Leadership Programme, Empowering Women in HealthTech Innovation. 

If you have comments or would like more information on any topic included in this newsletter please get in touch.

Best wishes, 

SBRI Healthcare PMO

SBRI Healthcare Programme
Competition updates

Competition 18 - 'Stroke and Technology' and 'Delivering a Net Zero NHS' 

Funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement, SBRI Healthcare aims to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs. Phase 1 is intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept. The development contracts placed will be for a maximum of 6 months and up to £100,000 (inc. VAT) per project. 

Key Dates

- Competition launch - 13 July 2021
- Deadline for applications - 24 August 2021
- Shortlisting - September 2021
- Decision Panel - 21 October 2021
- Contracts awarded -  November/December 2021



In collaboration with the Stroke Association and the AHSN Network, SBRI Healthcare is pleased to announce the opening of the 'Stroke and Technology' competition. Stroke care is a critical issue for health systems globally, with someone having a stroke every two seconds somewhere in the world. In the UK stroke is the fourth biggest killer and costs society £26 billion annually. 

Companies and organisations are being invited to bid for funding to develop innovative solutions to tackle three specific challenges: 

1. Pre-hospital diagnosis

2. Rehabilitation

3. Life after stroke

Further details are available on the SBRI Healthcare website.

A full recording of the competition briefing webinar is now available. You will hear from clinical experts and the SBRI Healthcare Programme Management Team with an overview of the competition and advice on preparing your application. Individual presentations are also available on the SBRI Healthcare website. 

Any burning questions?

Please register for the Q&A drop in session on 12th July at 16:00 to liaise with the SBRI Healthcare team, and/or discuss your proposed solution privately with one of our senior programme managers.

Register for the Q&A session

SBRI Healthcare is delighted to announce, in collaboration with the Greener NHS Programme, the Accelerated Access Collaborative and the AHSN Network, the opening of the 'Delivering a Net Zero NHS' competition. Companies and organisations are being invited to bid for funding to develop innovation solutions tackling the following challenges:

1. Reducing emissions from care miles

2. Reducing emissions from surgical pathways

3. Reducing nitrous oxide emissions

4. Tools to support low-carbon decision making

A briefing webinar will be held for all interested parties on 8th July 2021 at 13:00. The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the competition, understand the challenges from experts in the sector, discover how the AHSNs can provide support in your application, and ask your questions.

Register for the briefing webinar

Competition 19 - 'Mental Health Inequalities in children and young people' and 'NHS Reset & Recovery and New Ways of Working' 

SBRI Healthcare is pleased to launch a late-stage pilot competition. The aim of the competition is to accelerate the delivery of promising, more mature products into front-line clinical settings.

Innovators may use this opportunity to gather Real World Evidence required by commissioners and regulators to make purchasing or recommendation decisions and develop activities to support NHS uptake and wider commercialisation.

The development contracts placed will be for a maximum of 9 months and up to £400,000 (inc. VAT) per project. 

Focus of the pilot will be on

  • Mental Health Inequalities in children and young people 

  • NHS Reset & Recovery and New Ways of Working

The competition launch will be announced in July, please follow SBRI Healthcare Twitter and SBRI Healthcare LinkedIn for latest news.

SBRI Healthcare Programme Annual Review 2019/20

In case you missed it, the SBRI Healthcare Annual Review has been recently published, featuring some of the compelling achievements companies backed by SBRI Healthcare have delivered.

Since the Programme was created, it has continued to deliver value for money and has supported a strong portfolio of 217 innovative medical technology solutions and invested £99m+. We featured 14 business entrepreneurs to show how the programme unleashes innovations for enhanced patient benefit and enables efficiency improvement in the NHS, transforming people’s lives through patient-centred healthcare innovations. SBRI Healthcare is also key in boosting the innovation pipeline and attracting private investment, supporting companies’ growth and wealth creation in the UK and overseas. We have made great strides.

Read the the Annual Review

Lightpoint Medical

LightPoint Medical has completed an $8 million financing round in late March to support the commercial launch of its Robotic Cancer Detection Probe. The funding includes follow-on investment from private investors, Oxford Technology, Venture Founders, Coutts Bank, and new funding from the British Business Bank Future Fund, bringing the total raised by the company to $18 million.

Current Health

A leading enterprise for remote care management, closed an oversubscribed $43m Series B financing round to scale remote care management platform. The funding comes on the heels of 3,000%+ growth in year-over-year revenue, making Current Health one of the fastest growing healthcare companies.



A UK-based biopharmaceutical company aiming to transform the cell therapies has recently closed the second round of its Series A financing of $17 million, bringing the total raised to $33 million in this round. The funding will support the advancement of Mogrify’s immuno-oncology and ophthalmology programs, as well as continued platform development and the exploration of cell reprogramming for novel therapeutic application.

Xim Ltd

Xim Ltd secured a £1.2m loans from Innovate UK to scale their Lifelight remote patient monitoring.

eConsult Health Ltd

A digital triage provider supported through SBRI Healthcare Competition 17 has acquired video consultation and SMS platform Q doctor. The acquisition of Q doctor is the latest step in eConsult’s growth story, having secured a £7M investment from Gresham House Ventures and Calculus Capital in October 2020 to fuel expansion into the secondary care market. The company was also granted Phase 4 funding from the AI in Health and Care award for their workload management solution that uses artificial intelligence to intelligently triage and route patient requests to the most appropriate contact within GP surgeries.


Digital training platform Virti raises $10M Series A to teach soft skills in Virtual Reality. 

“I loved the networking section. The panel speakers were really inspiring. Really appreciated the questions to ask ourselves when making a change.” Alice Davis, Participant

In May we were delighted to hold a virtual leadership programme, 'Empowering Women in Health Tech Innovation', hosted jointly with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Invention for Innovation (i4i), and the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care award (AI) programmes.

The group came away inspired and refreshed, ready to apply new perspectives to their own leadership within the sector, and to share approaches within their teams. 

Read what others had to say about the programme
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