The University of Glasgow and GE HealthCare have signed an MOU initiating a joint approach to identify opportunities for collaboration in both R&D and innovation focused on people-centred healthcare and outcomes. The Scottish Government also announced the Glasgow Riverside Innovation District (GRID) as Scotland’s first whole-system demonstrator, committed to supporting the establishment of a series of real-world innovation testbeds.
The ‘GRID Discovery’ initiative will draw on the University’s world-leading research capability and expertise to help drive impactful innovation, at pace, offering
a programme aimed at attracting inward investment, creating access to good quality jobs and in developing a skills pipeline to build on the region’s strengths and support productive, thriving places. To this end, the close involvement of communities in the area will be critical success factors.
GRID is already home to the University of Glasgow-led Living Laboratory for Precision Medicine – an internationally leading programme supported by UKRI Strength in Places Funding, focused on translating cutting-edge science and healthcare innovation in a clinical setting and bringing an estimated 450 new jobs to the Govan area.
Uzma Khan, Vice Principal of Economic Development and Innovation at the University of Glasgow, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with GE HealthCare and proud to be leading the new GRID Discovery initiative, which is aimed at meeting the needs of the local community in Govan. This is a hugely exciting project, which speaks to our civic ambitions and translate our world-changing research for the benefit of society.
“Our new collaboration with GE HealthCare will be vital to supporting GRID Discovery projects in healthcare and beyond. Working with key public bodies such as the NHS, Glasgow City Region and Scottish Enterprise, we will be best placed to deliver real and positive change.”
Rob Walton, President and CEO, GE HealthCare EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), said: “Healthcare systems and governments are facing the challenges of addressing unmet needs without increasing healthcare costs and impeding economic growth. Improving patient outcomes, access, and delivering cost-efficient care is critical, but no single organisation can achieve this alone. We are delighted to launch this collaboration with the University of Glasgow and work with other stakeholders to address these challenges in areas such as oncology and connected care. With collaborations such as this one, we firmly believe we can change the face of healthcare.
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