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Supporting health innovation across NHS, academia and industry


Combining the considerable strengths of NHS and academia provides an operating structure that reaches across a wide range of disciplines, has access to all tiers of care and can address virtually all of the chronic disease areas that affect developed countries.

Many of the projects developed by SHIL have included involvement from one or more higher education institution (HEI). For example, Aurum Biosciences Ltd is a spin-out company of SHIL, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the University of Glasgow; Ambicare Health is a spin-out company of SHIL, NHS Tayside and the University of St Andrews; and there are many other examples of collaboration, including supporting academic or HEI inventors, or drawing on specific expertise to help develop innovative ideas.

Where an idea has originated with an HEI staff member or has been developed with collaboration from HEI staff, there must be some NHS involvement and a potential revenue return route to an NHS Scotland Board in order for SHIL to offer support.

Typically, if an HEI staff member creates a new piece of intellectual property that IP belongs to the HEI and all HEIs have established routes for protecting and exploiting that IP, usually through the HEI research, innovation or tech-transfer offices.

In cases where development of a project involves staff from an NHS Board, SHIL will work closely with the relevant institution to ensure fair and adequate split of any joint IP created and reasonable financial return from commercialisation.

Our advice to HEI employees is to approach your research, innovation or tech transfer office in the first instance for guidance. Inventors who hold employment contracts with both NHS and HIE institutions should note that it is the substantive (usually the salary-paying) employment contract which dictates ownership of employee-created IP, not the honorary one. For example: In the case of an inventor who has a substantive contract with an NHS Board and an honorary contract with a Higher Education Institution, any IP he/ she creates would belong to the NHS Board.

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