Ulster University is streaming £2 million into a new health technology hub which aims to support the rapid research and development of pioneering healthcare tech.

The University hopes the new hub will make a global impact on healthcare costs and improve patient treatment, working with clinicians and industry “to quickly develop ideas and concepts into reality”.

Located within the Nanotechnology & Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC) in the School of Engineering at Ulster University, the Hub will access expertise from researchers based at the Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC), the BioDevices Lab, the Eastern Corridor Medical Engineering Centre (ECME) and clinicians at the Centre for Advanced Cardiovascular Research (CACR).

“Ulster University is at the forefront of multi-disciplinary research in nanotechnology, advanced materials, integrated smart sensors, smart computing algorithms and data analytics to provide new technology that is already changing patients’ care-pathways,” said Professor Jim McLaughlin, director of NIBEC at Ulster University.

“By bringing together knowledge and expertise within the new Health Technology Hub, we hope to improve research outcomes, optimise the potential of collaboration between researchers from industry and academia and put Ulster University in a strong position to bid for new research funding in the international health technology.”