Our growing, ageing population and the burden of diseases are among our greatest societal challenges. We need new approaches to healthcare, food production and quality. Innovate UK supports business in finding solutions to these challenges.
Innovation in health and life sciences is enabled by new technologies from bioscience and medical research, and by expertise in engineering and physical sciences. Many see the 21st century as ‘the age of biology’. New developments in how we understand and work with biological systems will open up important opportunities.
The agriculture, food and healthcare industries represent a global spend of over £20 trillion. But private investment in UK healthcare firms is often slow. Our aim is to bring together technology developers and those redesigning the way therapies and other treatment options are selected and delivered. This will help businesses to develop market leading solutions.
We also aim to help the agri-food sector in the UK transform from low-tech to high-tech. This will help improve productivity on farms, attract investment and develop global market opportunities.
Our priority areas are:
advanced therapies - cell, gene and others
improving agriculture productivity
enhanced food quality
Catapults and centres for agricultural innovation
We have built up a network of Catapults. These are technology and innovation centres that bridge the gap between universities and businesses.