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Innovation Centres

The Innovation Centres are funded by the SFC to support transformational collaboration between universities and businesses. The Centres aim to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship across Scotland’s key economic sectors to create jobs and grow the economy.

The Cancer Challenge is being delivered by three Innovation Centres; led by The Data Lab and supported by the Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI) and Stratified Medicine Scotland (SMS). 

The Data Lab

The Data Lab enables industry, public sector and world-class university researchers to innovate and develop new data science capabilities in a collaborative environment. Its core mission is to generate significant economic, social and scientific value from big data.

With a Scotland-wide presence and Hubs in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, it is in close proximity to leading industry and university institutions with world-class research in informatics and computer science. Hubs are focused on building relationships locally and delivering a range of activities that span across the three key areas:

  • Collaborative Innovation
  • Skills and Training
  • Community Building

Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI)

Recent advances in technology present huge opportunities to build more effective, fit-for-purpose, patient centered health and care services. 

At DHI we bring together people and organisations in the health and social care, charity, technology, design and academic sectors to develop new ideas for digital technology and information services, with the aim of improving the delivery of health and care services for the people of Scotland. 

Stratified Medicine Scotland (SMS)

SMS-IC’s focus is on linking Scotland’s domain expertise, data assets and delivery capability to accelerate the adoption of Precision Medicine: new products and services for a global market.

Stratified Medicine: changing the way we think about health problems.

  • Better diagnostics and earlier intervention
  • Optimal treatment selection
  • More effective medicine development

SMS-IC was formed by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) in 2013, with an initial investment of £8 M. The Centre received further funding of £4M in 2016 to develop the Scottish Precision Medicine Ecosystem (PME).

The Innovation Centre was established by a consortium of partners from 4 Scottish NHS Health Boards, 4 Scottish Universities and 2 industrial partners in informatics: Aridhia Ltd and in genetics with ThermoFisher Scientific Ltd.

SMS-IC is based at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) in Glasgow. The new 14 floor Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow (adult) building is one of the largest acute hospitals in the UK and home to major specialist services such as renal medicine, transplantation and vascular surgery, with state-of-the-art Critical Care, Theatre and Diagnostic Services. Industry and academia are embedded at the core of QEUH: with significant investments from Glasgow University, Glasgow City Council and the NHS.

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