jHub, the innovation centre for UK Joint Forces Command (JFC), which aims to find world-class technology and talent to get them into the hands of the user, is undertaking an open call for innovation in the field of defence medicine. With a £20m innovation fund (FY18/19), jHub aims to fast-track successful proposals through the procurement process within 1 year or less.
The Med Surge initiative provides a unique opportunity for businesses to submit medical solutions that could be used by the UK armed forces in the future. Importantly for suppliers, if successful, they will be fast tracked through the procurement process with pilots and awarded contracts taking place within six months to one year.
The call for cutting-edge medical solutions is open to companies from the UK and overseas and is specifically looking for innovations that fit into six categories:
prophylaxing combat trauma
physiological and anatomical disruption
future transfusion strategies
total wound care and telemedicine
augmented reality and virtual reality
Proposals are now being accepted and companies can also meet with the jHub at Medical Innovation in October in Birmingham. The event, organised in partnership with the UK Defence Medical Services, focuses on developing the medical capability of tomorrow that will help save lives in the future.
Air Vice-Marshal Bruce Hedley, Director Joint Warfare within Joint Forces Command, commented:
"jHub has been designed to help the UK Armed Forces seek out the world’s most innovative solutions that will help overcome specific challenges. By working with Medical Innovation we’re hoping to expedite the process of identifying unique new healthcare concepts and technologies that we can put into the hands of the user within a year."
If your company would like to submit a proposal for the Med Surge initiative, you can do so by accessing the online form on Medical Innovation website here.