CTEIP well underway!

The Clinical Transla-tional Entrepreneur-ship & Innovation Pro-gramme, first launched by Derry City Council on Friday 27th February 2015, is now well underway with more than eighteen new businesses en-rolled and ready to re-ceive mentoring and consultancy support. The programme is part funded by Invest NI and the European Re-gional Development Fund.

We are delighted to have NORIBIC as our delivery agent to manage the needs analysis and mentoring ele-ment of both the Proof of Principle and Bio-Entrepreneur Pro-grammes which form part of CTEIP.

NORIBIC are currently working with clients to determine what type of mentoring they could benefit from most during the pro-ject timeframe. To date we have accept-ed over 18 entrepre-neurs and businesses onto both streams of the programme.

The entrepreneurs have proposed ideas that will improve healthcare related products including us-ing new technology in healthcare services.

If you have a business idea please get in touch (see margin for details). The Pro-gramme finishes on 30th June 2015.

My Social Presciptionavail of CTEIP support

In Your Element is one of the first to avail of support available through CTEIP. Clinical trials in Derry City are currently underway in partnership with Ulster University with a second

test pilot programme to be annouced later this year in Dubai. Using ground breaking technology, designed and developed by Leeann Monk and Jennifer Neff, My Social

Prescription™ offers a ‘more than medicine’ approach which

links those at risk of developing long term conditions to quality assured programmes in their local community.

We were inspired by City of Culture 2013 and the CultureTech Festival to apply technology to community health” which Leeann explains was the foundation for the development of My Social Prescription™.

“Due to our passion for community development and social innovation, Jennifer and I are now in a position to take health improvement to the next level, utilising the technology available to us and the Big Data that is generated”.

“Our community development expertise, ability to engage citizens suffering from health inequalities, and

business development skills place us in a very unique position to be able to make a difference both here and in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where Jennifer is based.”

The system now has the potential to be utilised in other areas of healthcare, with support from CTEIP.

“We have plans to develop the system further to allow additional social prescriptions to be added to impact upon areas such as mental health, social isolation and other long term conditions,” Leeann explains. “We will continue to explore the Middle Eastern market of the

UAE and wider Middle Eastern and North Africa region given the increase in long-term conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease and the links with their rapidly increasing levels of adult and childhood obesity.”

“We are delighted to be selected as participants of CTEIP, adding to the support we have already received from C-TRIC, Invest NI and Techstart NI. We now look forward to driving our business forward with the support being provided.”