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The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from Electronics, Sensors, Photonics to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.


The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

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Evaluation of the Future of Digital Health and the Role of Sensors

On 30th October 2013 in Bristol, ESP KTN in collaboration with the University of the West of England and the UK-IF ran a hugely succesful Future of Digital Health and the Role of Sensors event. 


The purpose of this event was to highlight the wealth of new technology and innovation being developed in the UK's universities, translating into the development of new products in industry. Succesful translation and exploitation of academic research dpeneds on recognising the potential and forming the necessary collaborations with companies for commercialisation. 

A number of presentations were received that not only highlighted roads to National and European innovating funding, but there were also a number of examples portrayed that highlighted the benefits of partnering with other organisations and how best to approach this. 

The overwhelming theme that transpired was the fact that the timing is right to explore these calls and look for partnership. The digital health markets and their enabling technology are about to enter into a new arena of opportunities and the forecast is extremely positive. There was plenty of talk over the refreshment breaks that offered up the opportunity for the UK to begin to showcase its innovation and the array of capability in this sector. If you attended on the day and would like to continue the discussions or were unable to attend but would like to interact with those that did, please head over to the discussion forum we have created for this event. 


To view the presentations from the day, please see the links below:


Speaker presentations:

How Universities Help Businesses, Profs Richard Luxton and Janice Kiely. Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology, UWE. 

West of England AHSN, Opening Up New Opportunities for Collaboration with the NHS, Lars Sundstrom, University of Bristol.

The Business Actuators in the Digital Health Sensor Market, Dr Gugs Lushai, Director, Lifesciences Healthcare.

Government Incentives to push the Technology Envelope? Graham Worsely, Dallas, Technology Strategy Board.


Session 1 - Digital Health - Technology Horizon Scanning:

The Docobo doc@HOME Digital Care Platform - What Sensors Can Do For Me! Steven Hope, Project and Business Development Manager, Docobo.

Teaching Old Sensors New Tricks (presentation temporarily unavailable), Chris Dawson, The Technology Partnership.

Mind the Gap, Tim Jones, Founder, Pumpco.

Connecting Care, Jocelyn Palmer, Programme Manager, NHS.

Desiging Technology for a Home Environment, Nigel Harris, CEO University of Bath, BIME, Assisted Living Action Networks.


Session 2 - The Future Role of Sensors:

Current Application of Sensors in Digital Health (overview), Mark Littlewood, Knowledge Transfer Executive, ESP KTN.

SPHERE Research Project: a Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment (presentation temporarily unavailable), Ian Craddock, Director, SPHERE. 

Independant Living Technology - The User, Graham Coiley, Business Director, Amano Technologies.



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