Manufacturing readiness and scale up of genomic analysis technologies
Fund Name: Manufacturing readiness and scale up of genomic analysis technologies
Project Length: 3-5 months
Project Value: Share of £5M
Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £5 million in innovation projects. This is to increase the UK commercial capacity to manufacture real time or rapid genomic analysis equipment such as high throughput nucleic acid sequencing.
Projects need to demonstrate that the capital investment grant they are requesting will:
- advance the UK’s ability to manufacture genomic analysis technologies
- encourage partnerships between public and private organisation
- maximise further investment
Technologies within scope, which can include physical and digital analysis tools, include (but are not limited to) those that offer advances in:
- longer-read lengths or greater accuracy, in nucleic acid sequencing technologies
- purification, selection or amplification technologies
- epigenetic analysis platforms, such as analysis of DNA methylation patterns
- diagnostics products based on genetic signatures or variation for hospital, primary care, or field use
- pathogen identification
- integration across ‘omics technologies, for example, technologies which integrate data generated from multiple ‘omics analysis streams (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics)
The equipment to be manufactured can be either laboratory-based, or portable and field-deployable and enable genomic analysis with minimal sample preparation.
Technologies which can find end users in niche areas such as research, environment and justice are eligible. Also eligible are technologies ready for larger scale use in healthcare markets. In both these instances the product must focus on human health applications in the longer term.
Your project’s total costs should be up to £10 million. Projects must start in October 2018 and end by 31 March 2019. Projects should last 3 to 5 months.
To lead a project you must:
- be a UK based business of any size
- carry out your project in the UK
- work alone or in collaboration with others (for example businesses, research base and third sector)
- have a manufacturing facility for genomic analysis technologies
To be eligible for funding you must:
- be a UK based business, academic organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
- carry out your project work in the UK
- intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
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