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If you have been following the progress of the Smart Solutions for HCAI project, you may also be interested to learn about another NHS project to find technologies to combat healthcare associated infections (HCAIs).

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition is seeking technologies in the following areas:
· hand hygiene - technologies for improving hand hygiene effectiveness, compliance or both, in hospital wards and
· pathogen detection in the hospital environment - a test for product residue that gives rapid results to facilitate immediate corrective action, yet is simple enough to be performed on the ward without the need for a laboratory.

SBRI seeks technologies that are a significant step beyond currently available products, yet can be commercialised within a few years. SBRI competitions are open to all suppliers based in the EU and the organisers are particularly keen to receive bids from early-stage, high-technology businesses. Developments are 100% funded, which may amount to up to £750k per project. Suppliers will be selected by an open competition process. This is an excellent opportunity to establish an early customer for a new technology and to fund its development.

This competition closes at noon on 24 November 2008. For more details see the Technology Strategy Board website or the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme. Further SBRI competitions will be announced via the Technology Strategy Board website in the coming months. For general enquiries about the SBRI programme email [email protected].


Written by Richard Taylor
Monday, 17 November 2008 0:12

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