ATiC - The Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre focuses on one of Welsh Government’s key priorities, Life Science.
ATiC is designed to support research collaborations in health and wellbeing across Wales. ATiC and its predecessors, ISD (Institute for Sustainable Design) and DSA (Design for Successful Ageing) have delivered numerous R&I ‘Surgeries’ for clinicians during the past decade.
ATiC builds upon UWTSD’s record of delivery in developing R&I excellence in the field of Health and Social Care.
ATiC employs design thinking and strategic innovation to better support and increase the successful translation of research and innovation processes into new and improved products, services and systems, in particular in Health and Social Care.
ATiC works with a cluster of strategic partners from academia, public, private and third sectors. A key partner is Cerebra, a leading research charity which works with young people living with serious neurological conditions.
ATiC works closely with the Schools of Medicine at Swansea and Cardiff Universities as well as Life-Science Hub Wales as part of the £33m ‘Accelerate’ Project, jointly funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government over three years,which aims to support the accelerated development and introduction to practice of new medical innovations. Key to this is the partnerships developed with regional Health Boards.
ATiC is working to expand its collaboration with Health Boards across Wales under the umbrella of the NHS to establish public/private collaborations involving smart specialisms and the development of smart devices and assistive technologies. ATiC currently engages with a number of regional health boards in South Wales, notably ABMU and Hywel Dda, as well as medical and assistive technologies businesses.
ATiC builds upon the successful relationships developed with regional HE partners such as the Institute of Life Science (ILS) at Swansea University. A close relationship between partners is vital for the development and commercialisation of new IP for the benefit of Wales.