NIHR | Manchester Biomedical Research Centre

Essentials for Innovation – Tuesday 30 January 2024

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In 2021 the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), in collaboration with Translation Manchester, delivered a pilot series of webinars called the Innovator Training Scheme. These webinars were designed to support researchers to explore and develop collaborative innovations and routes to commercialisation to maximise their research for the benefit of patients.

The Innovator Training Scheme webinar series has now evolved into interactive e-learning training materials which will be available soon to clinical and academic colleagues via the Lifelong Learning Platform.

All academic and clinical colleagues are invited to attend this event – you do not need to be affiliated to Manchester BRC. The BRC Innovation and Partnerships Team will provide a refreshed overview of the support infrastructure available across the Greater Manchester research ecosystem, to enable researchers to collaborate and innovate effectively with industry partners.


  • 9:30 – Registration, refreshments and networking
  • 10:00 – Opening address from Professor Ian Bruce
  • 10:20 – Dr Alessandro Faroni (Translation Manchester)
  • 10:35 – Chris Hepworth (Business Engagement Team, University of Manchester)
  • 10:50 – Dr Duncan Henderson (University of Manchester Innovation Factory)
  • 11:05 – Refreshment break
  • 11:25 – Dr Katherine Boylan (Innovation Team, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust)
  • 11:40 – Innovation case study
  • 11:55 – Dr Colette Inkson (Innovation and Partnerships Team, Manchester BRC)
  • 12:15 – Q&A and close
  • 12:20 – 13:30 – Networking lunch