19th of July, 2016. 2Bio Ltd. and St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust ( STHK) have announced a partnership agreement for the management and commercialisation of STHK’s intellectual property (IP).
The partnership will encompass all aspects of IP within STHK, beginning with recognising useful ideas and taking them through development, protection and into commercial deals. 2Bio’s Impact Science Team will work closely with the Trust’s staff to build up a portfolio of IP projects and develop them into valuable assets.
Jeanette Anders, STHK’s manager in charge of the Research Development & Innovation Department, said “we’re an innovative NHS Trust and we know that this ultimately benefits our patients and partners; good examples are our early adoption of paperless records and the popular Mersey Micro App – which helps in prescribing antibiotics. This partnership will help us to generate even more benefit from our own IP.”
Dr. Charley Ward leads 2Bio’s Impact Science Team; “we are excited to be working with STHK”, she said “we know that the NHS if full of talented and creative people who have to solve problems on a daily basis, and their solutions can often be useful to other departments, hospitals or other national health systems – we will be helping STHK to bring out the best of this talent and share it with the world”.
2Bio Ltd. has now established a strong client base in the North West of England, including the Walton Centre, the Liverpool Women’s Hospital and the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, where the Impact Science Team recently secured a technology deal that will see RLBUHT’s homegrown Patient Flow technology being made commercially available by Sunquest Information Systems, a major international healthcare company. 2Bio’s co-founder and director, Dr. Rhys Roberts, said “we’re looking forward to working with Jeanette and the staff at STHK and helping them to find an appreciative audience for their great ideas and inventions”.
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust provides a full range of acute healthcare services at Whiston and St Helens hospitals, including inpatient, outpatient, maternity and emergency service, it also has an active programme of research studies including clinical trials.The Mersey Regional Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit is also located at Whiston Hospital, providing treatment for over 4 million people across the North West of England, North Wales and the Isle of Man. The workforce of over 7,000 staff are dedicated to providing the best possible care, guided by the Trust’s vision to provide ‘5 star patient care’.