Regener8 to Launch Proof of Concept Funding

20 April 2012

Regener8 and the Medical Technologies IKC are set to launch a new funding call for regenerative medicine projects with an N8 academic lead.

The awards will be launched and applications opened at an event being held at the University of York on 20th June 2012.

Since Regener8 was established in 2007 it has pursued the objective of promoting the translation of research in regenerative medicine into commercial products. Regener8 and the Medical Technologies IKC have funding available to accelerate and enhance innovation in key projects that meet clear selection criteria and demonstrate significant commercial potential.

Successful projects will be able to demonstrate from the outset that they have a well defined and achievable end point with a clear commercial objective linked to clinical utility.
Up to 5 regenerative medicine N8 Proof of Concept (PoC) awards of up to £100K (Full Economic Cost) are available to fund N8 projects which fit with the award scope and align with the therapeutic priorities identified in the Research Councils UK (RCUK) regenerative medicine roadmap - ‘A Strategy for UK Regenerative Medicine’. A limited consumable budget may also be made available. Applications for funding are sought in the specialist areas of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal, and in addition in other areas previously supported by Regener8 such as neurology and wound care. Priority technology areas are expected to be acellular tissue scaffolds, minimally-manipulated autologous cell products and clinical delivery technologies for regenerative therapies.  

This call will open on 20th June 2012 when we hold a launch event at the University of York at which Iain Gray (Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board) and Regener8’s Executive Director, John Fisher will be among the speakers.  There will also be an opportunity for optional 1:1 meetings with Regener8 and Medical Technologies IKC staff to discuss any specific questions arising from the call and announcements made on the day.  Please save this date and further details of the launch meeting and the PoC call will be made available over the next 1-2 weeks.

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