Growing the Health Economy Together

Connecting, supporting, equipping and inspiring Liverpool City Region businesses to thrive.

Who are we?

We are the Health Innovation Exchange, a collaborative programme designed to connect Liverpool City Region businesses with world-class health, care, technology and commercial resources. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, we’re uniting regional expertise to accelerate innovation and growth by supporting ambitious businesses develop and market innovative products and services, nationally and globally.

Why was the Health Innovation Exchange set up?

Health is one of the biggest and fastest-growing growing sectors in the world, valued at $8.7 trillion globally. But while the potential exists across the Liverpool City Region to tap into these opportunities, so far certain obstacles have been holding our businesses back.

The Health Innovation Exchange was set up to remove these obstacles and stimulate the collaboration necessary to enhance the Liverpool City Region’s capacity to innovate.


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Who is it for?



We offer support and development to innovative Liverpool City Region businesses capable of moving into, or growing within, the health and care sectors with new or existing services, products or processes.

Some of the business we’ll work with may be software developers, with the ability to offer new ways of thinking about patient interfaces. Others may be technology firms or engineering firms with the resources to break into rehabilitative robotics. Others will offer new ways to care for patients and increase well-being.


Ultimately, we want to support SME & sector growth by breaking down boundaries, opening both minds and markets.

NHS and Care Colleagues


We also support the NHS Trusts and healthcare professionals to find solutions to rising problems through collaboration with businesses that are creating innovative products and services.

We aim to support front-line healthcare staff with innovative health and care products and services that can save them time, make their jobs easier and improve patient care. While also supporting finance and management colleagues to reduce costs, save time and improve quality.


If you’re a Liverpool City Region business with the skills and ambition to push your approach to innovation in this sector, or if you work in healthcare and need innovative products or services to solve a health challenge, we’d like to hear from you.



Success stories

  • Primary Partner: Innovation Agency Background Inovus Medical is a design and manufacture of medical surgical stimulators. Founded in 2012 the business has developed low-cost surgical simulators at a fraction of the cost of other models. Approaching the programme The provision of affordable and accessible medical......

  • Primary Partner – Liverpool John Moores University Background The Art Clinic Liverpool is an arts and health organisation that delivers innovative projects to support people to improve and maintain emotional health and well-being. Founded in 2007 this social enterprise delivers themed workshops to produce resources......

  • Primary Partner – Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust Background Hexa-halers have created a novel range of patented inhalers that will address the serious issue of poor compliance and adherence within asthmatic groups. The original L inhaler was developed over 50 years ago and even......

  • Sector: Health & Social Care Primary partner: Liverpool Clinical Commissioning group Background Homecarers Liverpool (HCL) is a fast-growing family run social enterprise, based in Liverpool, providing domiciliary care and support for older people living in their own homes across Liverpool and Knowsley. The company was......