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MedTech Accelerator Programme

The MedTech Accelerator programme was tailored to enable medical technology SMEs to commercialise health-related products and services and fully realise their potential. Thanks to the support of STFC and our Delivery Partners we were able to offer the programme at no cost to participating companies, other than the time required to attend. Due to the interactive nature of the sessions, attendance was limited to 12 SMEs.

The MedTech Accelerator programme, devised by Bionow, was fully funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and delivered on the Sci-Tech Daresbury Campus from April to July 2017. It is an integral part of STFC’s investment in technical capability for the medtech sector including additive manufacturing, 3D printing technologies, electron beam and more. The modules were delivered by expert delivery partners to address the specific challenges with regard to developing and commercialising medical technologies.

The MedTech Accelerator is aimed at senior executives, CEO, CTO, COO primarily, but some elements are also useful for managers and specialists who need to augment their knowledge and understanding. For this reason we were able to offer each participating company 2-3 places where needed for particular topics. The cohort of companies attending also benefited from the group discussions and thereby learn from each other’s experiences.


Modules were prepared & designed by expert delivery partners



Programme overview and introductions
Market research, Competitive position & Commercial analysis
Health Economics

Wednesday 12th April 2017


Developing products to meet unmet need in Partnership with the NHS
Reimbursement strategy

Wednesday 26th April 2017


Regulatory strategy
IP strategy
Guide to NHS procurement - Working with/selling to NHS

Wednesday 10th May 2017


Guide to doing clinical trials and evaluation studies in the NHS

Wednesday 24th May 2017


Early stage financing, grant and equity
Grant funding
Growth and later stage funding (VC)
Tax reliefs which support R&D funding

Wednesday 7th June 2017


Product design, development and prototyping Technology access

Wednesday 21st June 2017


Action planning - all program leads in attendance

Wednesday 5th July 2017

Our commitment to the attending companies:

  • A tailored, interactive program, covering specialist topics not available elsewhere
  • A full set of course notes including presentations and supplementary material 
  • The opportunity to benefit from PR associated with Case Studies

In agreeing to participate in the program, companies must:

  • Complete a business diagnostic with Bionow so that we can gauge the requirements of the cohort in general and the benefit gained over time
  • Commit to attend the full program of seven modules which will run fortnightly as above
  • Agree to case studies being used by STFC and Bionow to demonstrate the impact of the training and support provided

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We anticipate that there will be similiar tailored programmes running in the future, according to company interest.

For more information or to register your interest, please contact Diane Cresswell at or on 07766 991932.

Sci Tech Daresbury