The Centre for Digital Healthcare Technology will provide a world-class space for academia, industry and clinicians to come together to innovate and boost the productivity of the Life and Health Sciences sector, as well as medical device and related sector activity in Northern Ireland.
This collaboration will also involve a clustering of medtech, IT and device companies which will generate increased levels of commercially successful innovation, leading to more digital healthcare products entering the market here.
The project will also build upon and integrate Ulster University’s existing areas of healthcare research and innovation excellence. The Centre will be enhanced by the co-location of a cardiology-based living lab at the Royal Victoria Hospital. It is anticipated that further Living Labs will be established, focused in areas of academic strength including the treatment of respiratory conditions, ophthalmology stroke, and diabetes.
Unique to the project’s proposition is a specialist three-way co-creation platform. By bringing together the combined experience and expertise of the industry sector, university and hospital health professionals, operations will be rooted in proven specialisms.
To achieve this, CDHT will bring together three world-leading research groups by co-locating academics and researchers from Ulster University’s School of Engineering, School of Computing and the Bimolecular Sciences Innovation Group. The clustering of these groups will enable the creation of a shared venue with diverse specialisms in a range of disciplines, leading to new innovation pathways, spin-outs, spin-in and advanced training.
The project will also draw on the expertise of existing healthcare ecosystems located at the University of Ulster, such as the Connected Health Innovation Centre, the Eastern Corridor for Medical Engineering and the Biodevices Lab. Underpinning specialities such as point of care sensors and diagnostics, integrated IOT-cloud based solutions, medical algorithm development, artificial intelligence, ambient assistant living monitoring, rapid proto-typing, 3D printing, nanotechnology and device fabrication/characterisation.
As the Centre for Digital Healthcare Technology will be a high visibility centre for the commercialisation of digital healthcare products, the project will become a sought-after location for businesses within the Belfast Region and beyond. Its pioneering research and development activity will also attract FDI, encouraging companies outside the Region and across the globe to locate in Northern Ireland.