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INSTILS (Derby & Notts)

Inspiring Networking to Stimulate Technology Innovation in Life Sciences

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF),  INSTILS will deliver a range of activities that seek to engender a culture of innovation within the life science sector.

Support available:

  • High quality innovation support to businesses already in, or transitioning into the Life Sciences Sector
  • Advisory support, signposting and grant funding
  • Access to the Innovation Engine DEVELOP Programme, the programme will focus on creating new companies by testing the ideas of potential entrepreneurs through mentoring, coaching and grant funding
  • Opportunity to attend Special Interest Groups and Technology Collaboration Workshops in an innovative environment, exchange ideas and stimulate engagement of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) alongside academia, clinicians and businesses


Get in touch:

To contact one of our Innovation Advisers please call 0115 822 3154 or click here to email.

Support from the INSTILS team is impartial, confidential and free to businesses, and individuals based in the D2N2 Local Economic Partnership (LEP) area of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.

About the project:

The aims of the project are focused on improving the economic performance of the Life Sciences sector within the locality of D2N2, by enabling SMEs to increase their competitive advantage through innovation and stimulating interaction between business, research entities and the NHS.

By providing a mixture of access to high value cutting edge Life Science sector specific expertise; cross-sectoral expertise from universities; grant funding; and networking opportunities. The total cost of the project is £4,058,927 of which £2,029,464 is of ERDF value.
This will enable established SMEs to flourish and grow by introducing new products and services that benefit from: innovations, identified clinical needs and incorporation or utilisation of cutting-edge technologies.  New jobs will be created and new businesses will be established.  The project’s ultimate success will be measured by the degree to which innovation is embedded in business.
Led by Medilink EM in partnership with The University of Nottingham, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, BioCity Group, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, East Midlands Academic Health Science Network and Nottingham City Council.