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The Innovation Agency


The Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for the North West Coast, aims to spread innovation, improve health and care and generate economic growth.

The Innovation Agency footprint covers Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria, with around 4.1 million residents. It includes 22 NHS providers, 20 CCGs, nine universities and a large number of life science industry partners and small to medium size businesses.

We are catalysts for the spread of innovation at pace and scale – improving health and care, generating economic growth and helping facilitate change across whole health and social care economies.

We connect regional networks of NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry, responding to the diverse needs of our patients and populations through partnership and collaboration.

We create the right environment for relevant industries to work with the health and social care system.

Watch the video below in which Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, describes the importance of innovation in healthcare.

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