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UK KTNs - General

Knowledge Transfer Networks are a product of the Technology Strategy Board, designed to support one of their three main themes of developing an innovation culture in the UK. The Technology Strategy Board Vision is:

KTNs support both industrial sectors and key technology areas. There are currently 15, many of which have some level of relevance to the Healthtech sector. The Healthtech and Medicines KTN is the natural home for all organisations supplying (or planning to supply) into the human health life sciences sector (and is the developer and maintainer of this innovation support map).

All KTNs can now be accessed via a single portal (although home portals exist for each):

All offer a range of services and support, including:

  • Networking opportunities via on-line discussions and meetings.
  • Early notice of public funding opportunities (including expert knowledge of available schemes to specific technologies and markets).
  • Access to knowledge as needed to support innovation (technology, regulations, standards, business processes, design, and manufacturing).
  • Good knowledge of the area and key challenges.
  • Excellent knowledge of and contacts in relevant government and stakeholder bodies that can impact on innovation.
  • Excellent knowledge of and relationship with the Technology Strategy Board.

Health Tech and Medicines KTN (HTM KTN)

‘Building a Healthy Nation through Business Innovation’

The HTM KTN works across human health life sciences, with priority areas defined as follow:

  • Medical Devices/Diagnostics
  • Assisted Living
  • Detection and Identification of Infectious Agents
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Stratified Medicines
  • Bioprocessing of biopharmaceuticals

Within the medical devices / diagnostics area, the KTN organises groups around key sub-sectors and works with the Department of Health, NHS bodies, Department for Business, UKTI, and Regional Development Agencies / Devolved Administrations to support innovation and help deliver to priority themes.