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ABHI heads to Tennessee for health tech trade visit



Over 15 UK health tech innovators are set to make their mark in Tennessee this week as part of a significant trade visit organised by the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) for its 2023 class of US Accelerator companies.

Taking place from June 11-16, the Tennessee visit will see members participate in a series of meetings, networking events and introductions across Nashville and Memphis – two of the state’s largest cities – to highlight the strengths of the UK’s health technology industry.

Throughout the week, the UK cohort will be showcasing a range of cutting-edge products and solutions to the US market.

Meetings will take place with senior leadership from some of the state’s largest hospital systems, group purchasing organisations (GPOs), distributors, investors and procurement teams.

The visit will see various engagement opportunities with supporting organisations such as the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, Greater Nashville Technology Council and HIMSS Tennessee Chapter.

The partnerships will facilitate networking opportunities, knowledge exchange and access to critical resources, ensuring that UK health tech innovators receive the necessary support to thrive in the Tennessee healthcare ecosystem.

Paul Benton, Managing Director, International, said: 

“Tennessee, with its thriving health technology landscape and reputation as a hub of innovation, presents an ideal destination for UK health tech companies to expand their export endeavours.

“The state’s supportive business environment, collaborative network and access to leading healthcare institutions create a conducive platform for forging lasting partnership.

“We look forward to bringing back more UK innovators who are keen to explore collaborations and expand their presence in this vibrant state and throughout the broader US market.”

Tennessee boasts a robust and thriving health tech ecosystem, with cutting-edge research and development institutions, such as Vanderbilt University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

It is also home to HCA, the largest health system in the US, which has headquarters in Nashville, as well as other prominent healthcare players and leading hospital systems who have a strong reputation for innovation with high demand for cutting-edge technologies and solutions, presenting strong opportunities for health tech innovations.

With relationships across hospital systems and life science communities throughout the US, as well as a growing mentors network on-hand to offer guidance and insight, the ABHI US Accelerator offers an opportunity for UK companies to showcase their solutions and explore opportunities for partnership across the state of Tennessee and the wider US market.

The week-long visit – exclusive to members of the ABHI US Accelerator – aims to provide participants with access to senior leaders, clinicians and procurement teams from world-class hospital systems across the country and support them in engaging the right stakeholders and gaining valuable market insight.

A total of 20 health tech companies are taking part in this year’s cohort, comprising a diverse mix of medical device, diagnostics and digital health businesses, several of which are long-standing members of the programme, along with a host of new entrants.

Through the course of the year, participants enjoy exclusive week-long trade visits across the US.

With the inaugural visit taking place in Texas, the remainder of the year will see this year’s delegation participate in week-long visits to California and Florida, two markets with their own significant healthcare capabilities.

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