openbrolly Health wins IBD innovation funding

openbrolly Health is one of six Scottish SMEs to win a new contract, working with NHS Scotland to help drive treatment and patient innovation in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

openbrolly’s project will work with Robert Gordon University and Spoon Guru to examine the feasibility of using artificial intelligence to better help patients self manage their condition.

Scottish companies have secured over 50% of the research and development funding awarded to UK companies – a total of £345,000 – as part of the recent open innovation competitions.

These competitions are designed to open up traditional procurement processes to look for new solutions from a wide range of businesses that can help drive new revenue streams, and at the same time address big service challenges faced by the NHS and public sector organisations.

This new open innovation approach will deliver £1.35m of collaborative funding from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government’s innovation and healthcare teams to support companies participating in these competitions. The competitions are run by NHS Scotland, in conjunction with Innovate UK as part of its Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) mechanism to fund UK business innovation.


Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for business, innovation and energy, said: “Scotland has recently moved into the top quartile of countries in the European Union, as regards the proportion of innovation active businesses. However, we are committed to doing even more to boost the level of investment in innovation, including providing £400,000 of financial support to this SBRI project, to champion health innovation which is an important driver of sustainable economic growth. I offer my congratulations to these companies which have demonstrated their ability to develop and commercialise new ideas in the health sector, as, in doing so, they are helping patients and the NHS alike.”