On this International Women’s Day, the HTA wants to send out the reminder that Innovation is for everyone.
Throughout history Women have forged their way through male dominated spaces as innovators, meaning we now have the likes of Ada Lovelace to thank for computer algorithms, Letitia Geer for medical syringes that only need one hand to operate, Patricia Bath for opening our eyes to laser cataract surgery, and Melitta Benz for starting our days right with her invention of filters for coffee.
This is only a handful of the incredible women we must thank for making our lives better. There are many, more who have innovatively paved the way.
The Surrey Heartlands Accelerator leadership team is testament to putting Women at the heart of Innovation. Our Partnership Board is over 50% female, with leads from Surrey Heartlands, Surrey and Borders Partnership Trust, University of Surrey and SETsquared Surrey. In our centre we have a female Manager and Research Fellow who lead on engagement, the running of the building and supporting projects that come through our doors.
At the HTA innovation is genderless, it’s an important tool that utilises new technology to solve the wicked issues our health and care system are facing. But today, on International Women’s Day, it’s wonderful to think that the next Ada Lovelace could be coming through the HTA to develop and test ideas that could result in history being made.