Open Innovation

The Northern Health Science Alliance works as a proactive technology scout


We act as a proactive technology scout across leading Northern universities, hospitals and clinical networks. The NHSA has a track record of working closely with open innovation (OI) teams from global pharmaceutical, medical technology and informatics companies.

NHSA support

The NHSA sits at the heart of a network of research intensive hospitals and world-leading universities. It works at scale with its members and corporate OI teams. We can pull together a call for proposals based on specific therapy areas and sectors. Using a coordinated outreach and manged process, the NHSA manages the call and provides formal expressions of interest for review by the OI team. Where a match occurs between a proposal and the OI team the NHSA facilitates introductions between academics and clinical institutions for in-depth discussions.


A simple streamlined access point through the NHSA to world leading clinical research expertise across NHS teaching hospitals and universities accessing five of the top 20 UK universities. The NHSA’s bespoke project management service provides a dedicated project manager able to streamline interactions between universities hospitals and clinical networks. As a result, OI teams from companies such as Daiicho Sankyo, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Abbvie and Grunenthal have been able to quickly identify new commercial opportunities.

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