HCN exists to help optimise health innovation value chains by connecting hard sciences, industry, clinical practice and patient advocacy. HCN is in its 3rd iteration. It started as an INTERREG IIIC network operation in 2005, became a UK registered (non-profit) company in 2008 and is now a Stichting registered with the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce. It has 3 activity streams:
EU FUNDED PROJECTS
Currently INNOLABS, Cross4Health (both H2020 IA) and a4i (Erasmus Plus). Previously, DanuBalt, BenchCan, HealthEquity-2020 and EUREGIO III. The evidence from EUREGIO III (led by HCN) informed the EU Council Conclusions Towards Modern, Responsive and Sustainable Health Systems (6 June 2011).
NOVEL INTERVENTIONS ALONG THE CANCER CARE CONTINUUM
We are commissioned to co-write proposals to secure major research funding (H2020, CRUK Grand Challenge, EU Health Programme, INTERREG etc.) for leading consortia who want to bring hard science, clinical practice and patient advocacy together in improving patient outcomes in cancer care. Since 2014, we have helped secure €23m for Storming Cancer (led by UCSF), €17.5m for PRECISION (led by NKI) and €10m for COLOSYS (led by NTNU), INTENT (led by IRCCS-IOV), B-CAST (led by NKI) and BenchCan led by OECI.
EXTERNAL EXPERTISE AND ADVICE
This is done in several ways (i) asked to review proposals prior to submission e.g. research infrastructure, high performance computing to improve personalised medicine (ii) external evaluator for H2020 ‘Health & Wellbeing’ and the EU Health Programmes (iii) Advisory Board member for EU funded projects e.g. inDemand, RegHealth-RI (iv) external evaluator for the EIT Health Bridgehead Programme (v) commissioned to write policy and practice briefings e.g. for WHO and EU. Previously (vi) an external expert for DG Regio for implementation of Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 (vii) technical advisor for WHO/EURO 1993-2000
Founder and Managing Director of the Dutch-registered Stichting HCN (2019+). Founder and Sole Director of UK registered HCN (2008-2019).
Previously: Special Professor of Health & Public Policy, University of Nottingham; Lay Court member, Edinburgh Napier University; MD of CCL Associates; Director of Research & Evaluation, Health Education Board for Scotland; Visiting Professor, University of York
Project Manager for BENCH-CAN and previously for EUREGIO III
PhD student for Active and Healthy Ageing, Eötvös Loránd University of Science, Budapest
Visiting Director of HTA and Market Access
Director of Organisational Innovation & Management, BIOEF
President of HTAi
Vice Chair of Euroscan
Associate Professor at the School of Nursing of Osakidetza Basque Health Service
PhD student for integrated urban development for CHO, University of Science of Pécs, Hungary
External evaluation of projects under EU Health Programme, evaluation of national policies in nutrition, investment in health promotion
Owner Scientific Network Management SL (Spain registered)
Life Science Research and Innovation Funding - Operations Management - Business Development
Expert in Grant Writing - Assessment - Training - Project Management
HCN also has a network of colleagues across the EU that we involve as in-house consultants when needed.