The HIH is a national collaboration composed of founders, strategic and industry partners and alliance members. The intention is to create a unified national approach to accelerate the development of health relevant industries. Over the coming months, the HIH will roll out a wide engagement platform that ensures Ireland can better link healthcare professionals, industry, entrepreneurs and academia to collaborate better in addressing today’s health challenges and opportunities.
The HIH was designated as a strategic National Project under the Government’s Action Plan for jobs 2013, with agreement to commence a demonstrator project in University College Cork to support the development of a national solution. Its mandate is equally shared by the Departments of health and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. It represents truly joined-up thinking, leveraging our national healthcare system and industry to jointly develop valuable solutions for health systems globally. We want to improve healthcare outcomes by driving clinical systems and industry to co-create solutions which help patients, promote better health, contribute to lower healthcare costs and support job creation in Ireland.
The HIH commenced in University College Cork (UCC) in 2012, with University commitment under the guidance of Prof John Higgins, UCC and a local steering team of academic, business and clinical leaders. Partnering agencies and institutions include Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, the Health Research Board and IDA. Academic and Healthcare partners include Cork Institute of Technology, Tyndall Institute, UCC, HRB Clinical Research Facility Cork, Health Service Executive, Cork University Hospital, Mercy Hospital Cork, Living health Clinic Mitchelstown and Mallow Primary Healthcare Mallow.
The HIH is working with national industry partners representing industry sectors. These include the Irish Medical Device Association (IMDA), the Irish Medical and Technology Suppliers Association (IMSTA), Pharmachemical Ireland (PCI), the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA), the Irish Software Association (ISA), Engineers Ireland, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME), the Small Firms Association (SFA) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). Such a wide alliance ensures that Ireland is making progress to address the global healthcare market in a unified and aligned way.
The HIH will continue to develop further alliance partners over the coming years in venture capital, specialist service providers and advisors, angel investors, accelerators and partnering healthcare networks in Ireland and overseas. It is intended that Ireland’s reputation as a great place to build a business will be augmented in health by this national partnership approach which will create network models of enterprise development.
The HIH will contribute to Ireland’s export driven economy by leveraging Ireland’s extensive capability case in Life Sciences, Digital enterprise, Medical Devices and Services innovation.