Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green

Top UK health tech start-ups go to Boston

Twenty of the UK’s top health technology start-ups will go to the United States next week after winning a place on the Future Health Mission.

The Future Health Mission is an entrepreneur-led trade mission to Boston for 20 of the UK’s most promising early stage and high growth potential healthcare technology businesses. It runs from September 26 to October 3 and companies benefit from a packed agenda of investor, supply chain partner and customer meetings, and networking opportunities.

Previous missions have secured more than $200 million for UK businesses and provided critical links to overseas interest.

Companies on this year’s mission include a business that has developed a system for early detection of symptom change in depression, and a firm that has developed software to help people achieve their health, diet, fitness and well-being goals using daily self-tracking.

Britain’s Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green said: "The UK has one of the world's largest and most productive life science sectors. We have identified it as a key growth sector, and it will play a central role in our plan to get 100,000 more companies exporting by 2020. The 20 companies taking part in the Future Health Mission will fly the flag for British innovation and demonstrate to a global audience that UK entrepreneurialism and UK life sciences are in better shape than ever. I wish them every success.”

New concepts and products coming from this year’s winning companies include highly innovative diagnostic devices for lung cancer, lifesaving post-operative technologies and emergency triage systems, and the entrepreneurs come from academia, medicine and business backgrounds across the UK.

“We’ve been very impressed with the large number of truly stand-out entries for the Future Health Mission,” commented Iain Gray, Chief Executive at the Technology Strategy Board.

“We are excited to be championing a wide range of ground breaking technologies across the healthcare spectrum and intend to build on previous mission successes, as we look to the next generation of medical technology development.”

Further information:

Find out more about the Future Health Mission.

Find out more about the winning companies.

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