Health innovation centre launched in London

London’s new centre of innovation excellence has been launched by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Established by US healthcare firm Johnson & Johnson, it is hoped the facility will bring high-tech jobs and investment to the capital.

New technologies will be scouted, developed and promoted at the centre so that the NHS and healthcare services in general can benefit from the latest cutting-edge inventions and techniques.

The site in London will work alongside new centres in Boston, Shanghai and San Francisco.

Ministers believe the creation highlights the Coalition Government’s determination to put the UK at the forefront of the global race for new business and hi-tech industry.

In addition to working with new technologies, the centre will help promote new jobs and business for universities, research councils and charities. These will be directly hired to deliver on the centre’s science projects.

Johnson & Johnson is one of the world’s largest healthcare companies, with total sales of $67.2 billion last year, the Government noted.