In April 2018, the RCA became part of the consortium winning a £5 million bid to develop the MedTech SuperConnector
The MTSC project is a three-year accelerator programme funded by Research England via the Connecting Capability Fund (CCF). The consortium is led by Imperial College London with other partners, including the Francis Crick Institute, the Institute of Cancer Research, Queen Mary University of London, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Veterinary College and Buckinghamshire New University.
The MTSC accelerator supports early-career researchers, giving them an opportunity to test and apply their research findings in the medtech market: medical device, digital platforms, healthcare data and diagnostics technologies. The programme aims to commercialise healthcare innovation and translate research discoveries into successful market applications.
Early-career researchers who join the accelerator programme benefit from strong financial support, coaching and mentoring, access to the consortium facilities and infrastructure, as well as extensive training in entrepreneurship, regulation, market research and legal framework.
The first MTSC cohort includes Caroline Yan Zheng, an RCA Information Experience Design doctoral candidate. Her project, Pulse, is a state-of-the-art wearable soft robotic that mimics human-like touch for mental health therapeutic applications.