Brighton Entrepreneur Café seeks health innovations

Attendees from more than 70 organisations at the Brighton University Entrepreneur Cafe which aimed to find health innovations, photo by Southern News and Pictures
Attendees from more than 70 organisations at the Brighton University Entrepreneur Cafe which aimed to find health innovations, photo by Southern News and Pictures

More than 70 organisations including GlaxoSmithKline, Roche Diagnostics, The Sussex Beacon, NHS Confederation, and Coast to Capital met to find innovations for healthier living.

The Entrepreneur Café event was the latest in an initiative from the University of Brighton’s Healthy Futures Entrepreneurs Network.

Launched 11 months ago, the initiative aims to see Brighton become a ‘beacon of innovation for a healthy life’.

Representatives from the Greater Brighton Economic Board, Brighton and Hove City Council, charities, and industry were among those attending the café at the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton on Friday, November 8.

A design and business plan for innovative health care solutions were drawn up at the meeting as part of the ‘Life Forms, the Healthy Futures Co-creation Village’ project.

Five themes were explored, ranging from young people’s mental health, to regenerative medicine and devices.

Chief executive of Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, Jonathan Sharrock, said: “We’re excited to see a national profile for the excellent and uniquely innovative industries in health innovation grow here in the Greater Brighton area, where the university and the business sectors are working very closely together.

“That’s the sort of industry that’s going to drive the British economy into the 21st century.”

Ben Huckle, external collaborative lead at Glaxo Smith Kline, said: “The initiative really helps us gain an awareness of the industries in and around the Brighton area and how we can work together and share resources and expertise, particularly as we’re neighbours. I think that’s really exciting.”

For more information visit the project webpage here.