For Industry

The NIHR Innovation Observatory will work closely with industry partners reporting about new drugs, devices and diagnostics to NICE and the NIHR. 

If you are a company who wishes to inform NICE about a new product or a new use for a currently licensed or registered product, then please contact the NIHR Innovation Observatory. 

The NIHR Innovation Observatory agrees to respect any confidential or commercially sensitive information provided. Confidential information will only be shared with selected national policy-makers in accordance with our confidentiality statement.

Pharmaceutical industry

UK PharmaScan is a secure horizon scanning database populated by manufacturers with information on new medicines in development from up to three years before their launch in the UK or start of phase III clinical development, whichever is the earlier. UK PharmaScan is designed to reduce duplication of information provided to UK horizon scanning organisations and to support better NHS planning for the introduction of new medicines to patients. 

Medical devices and diagnostic industry
Do you want to link in to the NIHR infrastructure?

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR has transformed research in the NHS and its people, programmes, centres of excellence and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world. The NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) helps potential research partners, including the life sciences industry and charities work with the NIHR's expert and extensive research infrastructure. NOCRI is a unique resource for the global life sciences industry - improving the quality, efficiency and success of translational research.


Do you want to know more about innovation activity at NHS England?

NHS England (NHSE) oversees the budget, planning, delivery and day-to-day operation of the NHS in England. You can find out more about their innovation activity. NHS England has an innovation web portal called Innovation Exchange for anyone to share their ideas and meet other people with interest and expertise in similar fields. Innovation Exchange is the central point for anyone interested in innovation in healthcare in the NHS.


Do you have an innovative medical technology with potential value for the UK’s NHS?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. Their guidance takes several forms, including medical technologies and diagnostics guidance that helps to ensure that the NHS is able to adopt clinically and cost effective technologies rapidly and consistently. Also their interventional procedures guidance recommends whether new or novel procedures being used for the first time in the NHS are effective and safe enough for use. NICE welcomes routine engagement with companies, in confidence and without obligation, to understand more about their products and to advise on their suitability for evaluation.