East Sussex has a small but growing life sciences and healthcare cluster of companies specialising in the research, development and manufacture of medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceutical products and preparations and natural science and engineering research.
Daval International Ltd in Eastbourne focuses on the development and delivery of new treatments for neuro-degenerative, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.
Companies also supply specialist services and instruments for life science labs and biotechnology industries. These include temperature monitoring systems (QCBug) and bespoke software solutions (Biomedical Computing Ltd).
Companies can collaborate with world-class universities, research companies and development organisations with considerable expertise in a range of disciplines including human centred design, big data modelling, electronics, diagnostics, manufacturing and digital healthcare applications.
With the support and ability to engage with healthcare providers and a local academic support network, life sciences and healthcare businesses are able to innovate and grow in East Sussex.
The existing and forecast needs of an ageing population mean there are big challenges ahead and also opportunities in the development of high-tech products and the use of big data modelling for the growing digital healthcare market.
Technology is opening up all sorts of possibilities for 'designing’ healthcare into the homes of people from the point of construction and as they age, as well as in wearables, helping to address future healthcare challenges.
There is great potential for technology to improve the quality of life for elderly people and also commercial opportunities for well-designed technology solutions that could address these issues.
East Sussex offers an untapped opportunity for startups interested in this sector. If you are a health care professional or a technology provider with a solution or interested in this sector, please get in touch!
Innovations in predictive modelling is an area of specialism at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School where world-leading neuroscience researchers from the University of Sussex are working with astrophysicists using theories on galaxy discovery to help GPs spot and manage the care of people at risk of dementia.
Businesses can engage in research trials in partnership with East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust – with international recognition for its work in neurosciences, dementia, spinal injuries, and orthopaedics.
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is conducting over seventy clinical research studies and research activity is increasing, demonstrating our commitment to improving the quality of care and to make our contribution to wider health improvement.