£13.5m innovation project is delivering ground breaking results
A £13.5m Welsh Government, EU and Swansea University backed project that is helping to develop innovative health and well-being solutions is being formally launched and celebrated today.
The Agor IP project brings together academics, clinicians and businesses to pioneer research into cutting-edge technologies and drive commercial success.
Today’s launch event in Swansea University will showcase some of the innovative work already underway as a result of the project.
This includes an app developed to help prevent eating disorders, and a simple blood test that could make it easier for GPs to diagnose bowel cancer. Both have been developed in a partnership between Aneurin Bevan Health Board and scientists at Swansea University.
The Agor IP project has been backed by £6.7m from the Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund with additional funding from Swansea University.
Led by Swansea University, the scheme, which began in January 2016 and runs until December 2020, works with the NHS and industrial partners to turn innovative research into new products, processes and services.
Speaking ahead of the event, Economy Secretary Ken Skates said:
“The Agor IP project is one that is truly worthy of celebration. Projects like the app to prevent eating disorders developed in partnership with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board have the potential to drive tangible results and economic benefits.
“The project is adding genuine value to our innovation goals and demonstrating to the world that the Welsh Government is committed to translating academic research into results that benefit the lives of Welsh people and our wider economy. Projects like these are crucial in promoting Wales as a global location of choice for innovation, creativity and technology.”
Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said:
“The Agor IP project is full of examples where science and healthcare are working together at the forefront of clinical innovation. I strongly support the NHS working confidently with university and industry partners, linking better health technologies and services to economic growth opportunities in Wales.”
Over the last 12 months Agor IP has supported nearly 100 commercial opportunities, which are attracting significant private sector investment and helping create highly skilled, well paid jobs.
These range from digital tools for university students, early stage medical devices, diagnostics and therapeutics for cancer, clean technology and many collaborations with NHS Wales Health Boards.
Latest News from
Busiest March on record for Welsh Emergency Departments19/04/2019 09:05:00
The Welsh Government yesterday responded to the latest NHS performance statistics.
New EU funding to tackle in-work poverty18/04/2019 14:05:00
Nearly £2 million of EU funding has been announced by the Welsh Government to tackle in-work poverty and some of the challenges faced by lower-skilled workers in south east Wales.
Welsh Government drive to boost pharmacy workforce18/04/2019 11:05:00
Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has announced a new campaign to attract more pharmacists to Wales and an extra £3.6m to train more in Wales.
71 new jobs created at Rhymney recycling centre18/04/2019 09:05:00
One of the UK’s most efficient recycling plants is to expand following a funding package from the Welsh Government, the Development Bank of Wales and UK Steel Enterprise.
Social media campaign asks the people of Wales what they love about Wales17/04/2019 16:05:00
This month sees Visit Wales’ first ever targeted digital campaign happening in Wales. It will encourage those with arguably the best knowledge of all, the people of Wales, to share images of the places that they love and how they enjoy them.
Two new appointments made to animal welfare group17/04/2019 14:05:00
Two new appointments have been made to the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group, after they were confirmed by Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths.
Grass is green for Deeside business17/04/2019 11:05:00
The grass is green for Deeside-based business Hi Tech Turf as it has grown steadily over the past 12 years and has worked on some major projects in north Wales and further afield.
£11 million to transform health and social care services in north Wales17/04/2019 09:05:00
Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething has announced more than £11 million to transform the way health and social care services are delivered in north Wales.
‘A More Refined Pallet’ - EU transition fund allows Welsh companies to produce international standard wood packaging16/04/2019 12:05:00
The Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths has announced £550,000 from the EU transition fund for a Wood Kiln Investment Scheme (WKIS).