Much valuable research carried out in UK universities is funded by charitable organisations. We work directly with researchers to raise translational awareness among project leaders and support the commercialisation process by offering expert advice in product development and de-risking during proof of concept projects.
In 2014 we set up a new partnership with Versus Arthritis (formally Arthritis Research UK) to offer proof of concept awards for research that will improve the lives of people suffering from arthritis. The programme, funded by Versus Arthritis, invites researchers to apply for awards of up to £100,000 for projects to progress research ideas with commercial potential.
Versus Arthritis is the biggest funder of research into the cause, treatment and cure of all forms of arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders in the UK and it has a long-term commitment to preventing the onset of arthritis, developing a cure for the disease and transforming the lives of sufferers.
We invited proposals for research projects that address a range of musculoskeletal conditions; in particular projects that are developing medical devices, orthotics, implantable therapeutic delivery, assisted living technologies and imaging. The support we offer to successful project leaders includes expertise in product development, speeding up the route to market and reducing the risk of late stage failure.
Some of our projects with Versus Arthritis include: