Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced £14.25 million funding to support the development of 11 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Medtech and In vitro diagnostic Co-operatives (MICs). It is hoped that the NIHR MICs will build expertise and capacity in the NHS to develop new medical technologies. They will also provide evidence on commercially-supplied in vitro diagnostic (IVD) tests. The funding will be provided over five years for leading NHS organisations to act as centres of expertise.
Dr Louise Wood, Director of Science, Research and Evidence at the Department of Health said: “The funding received by the 11 NIHR Medtech and In vitro diagnostic Co-operatives will make a real difference to patient’s lives and provide a focal point for the medtech and in vitro diagnostic industries to develop new technologies and generate the evidence needed by the NHS to support the uptake of new tests”
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