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Medical Equipment: Finance

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Government funding will be provided to develop new medical devices for use in the NHS during 2009-10. (268850)

The National Institute for Health Research invention for innovation programme has a budget for 2009-10 of £13 million. Other investment the Government plan to make in medical technology research in 2009-10 and beyond includes:

a combined Technology Strategy Board and research council contribution of £13 million over three years toward the cost of the 22 business led projects chosen in the Board’s technologies for health competition held in January 2008;

the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Towards Next Generation Healthcare programme, which includes medical devices research, and on which a total of £4.9 million will be spent in 2009-10; and

the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) new developmental pathway funding scheme that, among other things, will support the development of medical devices. The MRC intends to commit over £50 million in the three years of the current spending review period to the scheme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many funding applications for development of medical devices were received in the last three years for which information is available; (268851)

(2) how many medical technology developers received development grants of above £30,000 in the last three years for which information is available;

(3) which Government funding agency distributed the most funding to medical technology developers in the last three years for which information is available.

The information available in respect of the three years from 2006-07 to 2008-09 is shown in the following table.

Medical technology research: 2005-08

Funding body

Applications received

Grants of or exceeding £30,000 awarded

National Institute for Health Research: Invention for Innovation and Health Technology Devices programmes

172

20

National Institute for Health Research: New and Emerging Applications of Technology programme

n/a

61

Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Research Council

n/a

7

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

369

132

Medical Research Council

n/a

21

Technology Strategy Board

70

30

n/a = not available

Note:

The 132 awards made by the EPSRC have a total value of £81 million.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medical devices that received Government funding for their development were used by the NHS within (a) 12 months and (b) 24 months of funding being approved in the last three years for which information is available. (268852)