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Five Projects Win Funding in Cancer Innovation Challenge

Chloe Henderson

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Cancer Innovation Challenge launches first projects aimed at revolutionising cancer care.

cancer innovation challengeFive projects seeking to improve cancer care in Scotland have won a share of £325,000 in funding from the first round of the Cancer Innovation Challenge. The Challenge, which was launched by the Scottish Government’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Catherine Calderwood, received over 90 notes of interested and more than 30 applications from organisations across Europe.

The first round of funding is specifically seeking innovative technology approaches to improving cancer care. The five successful projects have now been provided with the funding to develop and demonstrate the technical and commercial feasibility of their innovation over the next three months. Two of them will then be selected to continue to the next stage, where they will receive further funding to develop prototypes over a six month period.

The five projects are:

Peter Hall, Medical Oncologist and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, and clinical lead for the Cancer Innovation Challenge, said:

“Being able to measure how cancer and its treatment is affecting patients from their own perspective will unlock real opportunities for patient-centred care. Insights range from an ability to monitor patient satisfaction across a whole service to enabling alerts when an individual patient reports a high risk treatment side effect, allowing early preventative management.”

Stuart Fancey, Director of Research and Innovation at the Scottish Funding Council, added:

“Combining the different areas of expertise in the three innovation centres, the NHS and industry, the Cancer Innovation Challenge is driving collaboration and helping Scotland to become a world leading carer for people with cancer. The response to this initial funding round is hugely encouraging and is good news for the future care of cancer patients throughout Scotland.”

The Cancer Innovation Challenge aims to inspire novel data and tech innovations to help Scotland become a world leader in cancer care. It is funded by the Scottish Funding Council, and delivered by three Scottish innovation centres – led by the Data Lab and supported by the Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI), and Stratified Medicine Scotland (SMS).

The Challenge also just launched its second funding call to seek innovative data science solutions to improve cancer care and outcomes in Scotland. Up to £425,000 is available to support and develop innovative projects that use existing NHS Scotland data. The registration deadline is 27 October 2017 and the application deadline is 10 November 2017.

Chloe Henderson

Staff Writer - DIGIT

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