A new £7m centre linking industry and medicine has been officially launched.
The Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC) at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and will place a greater emphasis on collaboration and leadership.
CHIC is the result of a £6.8m investment by a consortium of leading technology companies and is being supported by a £5m research and development boost from Invest Northern Ireland.
Launching the centre, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said it will bring together academic and industry researchers.
She added: "This collaboration will see businesses, universities and health providers innovating together to create new products and services that will improve healthcare provision and deliver real benefits for companies.
"Northern Ireland is leading the way in the field of connected health and this new centre further consolidates that position, and provides an excellent forum within which to develop innovative approaches to the provision of health and social services."
Professor James McLaughlin of the university of Ulster said: "This new centre is the next step in building a Northern Ireland connected health eco-system.
"This will create opportunities for companies to compete globally and reach new markets, as well as giving local health providers access to leading edge solutions and skills."