Interreg Europe HELIUM programme

Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LCR LEP) and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) are supporting an Interreg Europe funded programme called HELIUM.

HELIUM builds on successful LCR programmes undertaken to date, such as the Innovate Dementia programme, that have used a “Living Lab” approach (bringing together (1) industry, (2) universities, (3) healthcare/public sector and (4) end users/patients/public) to successfully develop new products, including the House of Memories app and many other innovations.

The objectives of HELIUM are to:

  • Share and use European good practices to inform local practice
  • Improve LCR policy/strategies to increase the efficiency of resource use/commercialisation of innovation
  • Build and evaluate a sustainable living lab infrastructure, a City Region living lab

To-date, a LCR Regional Stakeholder Group (RSG) was developed. The RSG reviewed Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats facing the regional innovation ecosystem and strategic approaches. It identified LCR good practices in health innovation and then selected good practices from other European project partners to implement in LCR.

LCR good practices being implemented overseas include the Innovation Agency Scout programme and learning from the Alder Hey Innovation Hub. An Action Plan has been prepared to outline steps to be taken to implement the Patient Innovation programme (from Portugal) and the Health and Care Network Kempen (from Belgium/Netherlands), and improve health innovation policy in LCR.

For more information, please contact
Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership