AHSNs are uniquely placed to unlock the power of frontline innovation, saving lives and money. We bridge gaps and strengthen connections between research, life sciences industry and healthcare.
AHSNs cross traditional sector boundaries and strengthen partnerships with industry partners so that innovative technology makes a difference to more patients more quickly.
AHSNs have helped create over 500 jobs, engaged hundreds of commercial innovators, and leveraged many millions of pounds of investment.
AHSNs work with many national bodies including the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI), Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA) and the BioIndustry Association (BIA). Locally each AHSN works with many commercial and development organisations such as MediLinks and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
AHSNs share knowledge and expertise, working with local networks to overcome barriers to spread and adoption of innovation. AHSNs have developed systems – notably SBRI Healthcare and the NHS Innovation Accelerator – to identify the innovations with the biggest potential impact if scaled nationally. These have led to an acceleration in the adoption and spread of innovation across the country as well as within and between regions.