iiCON showcases support available for Merseyside SMEs looking to take innovative antimicrobial products to market

News article 5 May 2021
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People in laboratory

The Infection Innovation Consortium (iiCON) hosted companies from across the Liverpool City Region at a virtual event to showcase the support available for SMEs looking to progress antimicrobial products to market.

iiCON’s Formulated Materials for Infectious Disease Prevention programme is designed to support companies working with antimicrobial formulations or applications, and those looking to move into this area and fast-track the development of new products and treatments for infectious diseases.

SMEs can access world-class expertise in microbiology, antimicrobial resistance, surface analysis and diagnostics to support product development through the Formulated Materials programme. The programme also offers companies support with data generation and problem solving to break down barriers to progress products to market.

The event was attended by businesses working in sectors ranging from water treatment through to therapeutics across the City Region looking to explore pathways to market.

Lisa Baldwin, Senior Business Development Manager at iiCON, said: “We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to highlight the expertise available to companies to support them on their journey and get products out into market.

“The Formulated Materials programme has been specifically tailored to support companies working in this space and we’re looking to engage with SMEs at all stages of the product development journey – from businesses at a really early stage looking to enter the antimicrobial sector, to those with more well established product pipelines.

“It was great to see such strong interest in our initial event to highlight the support on offer, and we’d urge companies working in the antimicrobial space and looking to progress new products to get in touch and learn more about the support on offer.”

The Formulated Materials programme is a new ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) part-funded project delivered by LSTM and the University of Liverpool.