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West Mids businesses invited to register interest in medical drones project

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The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) is calling on businesses and industry professionals across the region to express interest in its project to advance and grow the local medical drone industry.

In partnership with Medilink Midlands and the Midlands Aerospace Alliance, the collective is seeking to facilitate collaboration between the healthcare sector and business community, to accelerate the adoption of drones for healthcare applications.

The WMAHSN believes that drones and flying autonomous vehicles offer real potential to solve some of the long-term challenges facing the NHS.

In addition to supporting the transition towards net-zero carbon emissions, they argue that drones can help improve response times and access to rural communities and offer quicker diagnosis and treatment thanks to direct deliveries of samples and medicines.

The WMAHSN is looking to speak with companies and innovators from all backgrounds and industries, with an interest in sharing their expertise and growing their own capability in the field.

Tammy Holmes, Head of Delivery, Innovation and Commercial, WMAHSN, said:

‘’We urge all companies with existing experience working with drones, or those that are interested to learn more about the possibilities within the healthcare sector for using drones and other autonomous flying vehicles, to get in touch.

‘’We are at the cusp of a revolutionary period in the health and care industry and technologies such as these will not only revolutionise the way care is provided, but it will also aid our local economy by creating new business and job opportunities.”

Businesses taking part will be able to join events, workshops and seminars, and engage in other activities to stay ahead of  trends and developments.

The project will also act as a gateway for professionals to add their voice and be part of initiatives that seek to transform the sector, such as changes in legislation.

Chris Dyke, Medilink Midlands, Connectivity Manager, said:

‘’To solve the technical and logistical solutions for implementing drones into care pathways, we rely on collaboration between small and medium sized businesses to get involved alongside bigger players, as well as regional and national organisations to help us nurture the growth of this new business environment.

“Ultimately, we collectively want to pioneer the creation of a regional centre of expertise for the medical-drone industry and sector.’’

Nicola Deards, Technology Manager at the Midlands Aerospace Alliance, added:

“There is a great opportunity here to bring together the disparate arms of drone development in the Midlands into a community that can maximise the chances of success in serving the medical sector in meaningful ways and build a world-beating capability.

“We urge all companies with any link to drones or drones as a service to come on board.”

Applications close in January 2023. To find out more and submit an expression of interest, click here

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