MSD and Wayra UK look to reimagine healthcare with AI and tech startups

Dec 4, 2017 · bdaily.co.uk

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Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd (MSD), a global healthcare company, and Wayra UK, an accelerator part of Telefónica Open Future, have joined to offer two startups up to £68k.

This is part of the Velocity Health programme, and will be the third year that MSD and Wayra have run Velocity Health, aiming to accelerate startups so they can meet the healthcare challenges facing the NHS.

This year, partners are seeking startups who are able to help with how technology can help support disease and illness prevention, focusing particularly on startups using artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Gary Stewart, director of Wayra UK and Telefónica Open Future_ UK, said: "Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and machine learning are changing our lives in ways never previously thought possible.

"It makes sense for us to seek brilliant entrepreneurs who can harness the power of data to improve the NHS and healthcare services globally, potentially transforming the lives of billions."

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