17 September 2019
Award for University Innovation Team
This year's SCDI Highlands and Islands Awards saw success for the University of the Highlands and Islands' Institute of Health Research and Innovation.
The awards showcased the achievements of organisations from across the Highlands and Islands and celebrated business excellence in a range of sectors highlighting the diverse nature of the Highlands and Islands economy. Supported by high profile sponsors, including SEPA, Crown Estate Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the awards are rigorously judged and provide the opportunity for organisations to be recognised for their achievements.
The University of the Highlands and Islands works with some of the world’s leading healthcare and medtech companies to develop new areas of research, technology and innovation with the potential to transform 21st century healthcare.
Commenting on the award to the university's success, Director of Innovation and Commercialisation, Adam Giangreco, thanked the health and life science researchers, students and clinicians who helped the Institute win this award.
" Together we're working to achieve the university's vision of becoming a centre of excellence for health and life sciences innovation that facilitates the creation of new companies and products, promotes economic growth, and transforms health and social acre outcomes within the Highlands and Islands."
For more information about the University of the Highlands and Islands Institute of Health Innovation https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/business/ric/healthcare-innovation/about-us/
Institute Of Health Research and Innovation
The Institute of Health Research and Innovation at the University of the Highlands and Islands is a thriving and dynamic centre of excellence with a team of around 70 individuals including 25 academics, over 20 PhD students, 10 research staff and 5 technicians. At the last REF2014 the team achieved 17% of world-leading publications.
Growth over the past year has been dramatic, with £17m in funding provided from several sources including UK Government, Scottish Funding Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Union.
The mission is to deliver research with a material impact to both local and global healthcare outcomes, allowing the institute to assist in the growth of a world-class life sciences sector within the Highlands and Islands. This depends on a well-connected healthcare ecosystem, and the university has established a unique partnership between NHS Highland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to provide access to clinical samples and studies while supporting local industry and entrepreneurship.