Innovate UK intends to invest up to £30 million to establish a network of three advanced therapies treatment centres in the UK.
Through this competition, UK businesses, NHS trusts and research organisations working in partnership can apply for a share of the £30 million to support the creation of a network of advanced therapies treatment centres.
This competition is part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund which has £146 million available over a four-year period to develop first-of-a-kind technologies for the manufacture of medicines with the objective of speeding up patient access to new drugs and treatments.
Projects can be led by a business, an NHS trust, a hospital, an academic health science network or a National Institute for Health Research biomedical research centre. Projects must involve at least one NHS trust or hospital with an intensive care unit and a track record of working with advanced therapies, one SME, one company developing commercial advanced therapy medicines and one supply chain company.
Total project costs can range from £6 million to £9 million and last up to three years. Depending on their size, businesses can attract up to 70% of their project costs for technical feasibility studies and industrial research, and up to 45% of their costs for experimental development projects which are nearer market.
To be eligible, proposals should:
- Increase patient access to advanced therapy medicinal products on a national level.
- Establish best practice for the safe and effective delivery of advanced therapies.
- Establish best practice for the manufacturing and final preparation of advanced therapies.
- Establish robust connected supply chains.
- Create systems to allow for traceability and tracking.
- Establish best practice for patient follow-up and data capture.
The centres that receive funding will form a network that will be coordinated by the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult. The three successful centres will be eligible for up to £6 million of additional funding in 2018 for projects and related activities.
The competition is now open with a deadline for receipt of applications of 1 November 2017 (12pm).