MedTech SuperConnector (MTSC) has partnered with GSK Consumer Healthcare for its Challenge Accelerator
programme, Future of Pain. This six-month entrepreneurial training programme
open to all early career researchers (ECR), postdocs and PhD candidates already
developing a technology in the lab at one of our partner institutions. Technologies
can directly address the challenge, but we are particularly interested hearing
from individuals exploring the possibility of repurposing existing
technology. The programme offers entrepreneurship masterclasses, specialist
advice, access to co-working space and an allowance for travel and consumables
(up to £45,000).
more about the programme and our partner institutions here.
Pain can be
acute, chronic or intermittent but most importantly it is one of the most
common health conditions that people seek medical treatment for. Yet the causes
of and treatment for pain is not well understood, difficult to measure and a
deeply personal experience. Partnering with GSK
Consumer Healthcare Next/Beyond teams we are
looking for technologies that innovate in this space; offering novel solutions,
experimental and alternative ways of addressing how science, medicine and
society understands, diagnoses and measures pain.
COVID-19 we are monitoring the situation closely and
will be carrying out all recruitment activity digitally along with the learning
the portion of the programme for the foreseeable future.
may innovate or address the challenge;
Understanding - New and novel ways to understand and objectively measure
and prevention - Early interventions and preventative tools to reduce risk
factors associated with pain
and interpretation - Tools and approaches to support clinicians and individuals
with the interpretation of data and alternative explanatory methods
and treatment - New and novel ways to improve quality of life suffered by
These are suggested themes or areas of interest and are not by
any means exhaustive or the only subarea your technology or venture may fit. We
actively welcome new and novel ways of thinking about the challenge.
& programme structure:
Step 1: Submit a completed application (closing date 10th
May 2020 11:59pm)
Step 2: Panel Interview (Monday 1st
Step 3: Invitation to join the programme (week
of 8th June 2020)
Step 4: Start the accelerator programme (week
of 13th July 2020)
submit your completed application by 11:59 BST 10 May 2020. Any
applications received after the deadline will not be
accepted. If you need to complete the application form in a different format or
have any questions about the programme please email us email@example.com.
be able to save and return to this form at any point in the application
process. Do to this you will be required to provide your email address and a
password to access your application form. You will also receive an email
confirmation, please check you spam / junk mail folder. Please note, your
application will not be considered completed until you click submit.
with your application!