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Invest NI's £5m fund to attract health research

By Michael McHugh

Published 24/10/2012

Almost £5m has been made available by Invest NI to attract innovation and technology to improve patient healthcare in Northern Ireland.

The funding will be open to companies which choose the region to carry out research and development, Health Minister Edwin Poots said.

He is on a four-day visit to Boston, US, meeting key European and US political and business leaders. "This financial support aims to encourage companies from the US and EU to base their research into connected health in Northern Ireland," he said.

"There is no doubt we have much to offer. We are large enough to be a test-bed for innovative initiatives and yet small enough to be flexible with our integrated health and social care sector."

The £4.7m of assistance is provided by Invest NI through its grant for research and development, and is available over the next three years.

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