Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the launch of a new programme to promote the North West Health Innovation Corridor.

Speaking ahead of the launch at C-TRIC in Derry, Ms Anderson said;

“The North West Health Innovation Corridor was launched in May 2013 by the President go the

Massachusetts State Senate, Therese Murray, and since then has gained a growing international reputation for excellence.

“This new programme will involve collaboration between the University of Massachusetts, the University of Ulster, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the Clinical Transitional Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC) in Derry.

“It will provide the opportunity for start-up health innovation companies in Derry to travel to Boston each month to learn from the US market and will also allow companies for Boston to come to the north west.

“The launch of this programme is the latest investment in this process, which began as a result of trade missions I led to Boston with the co-operation of Senator Murray.

“And I’d like to congratulate Senator Murray on receiving the Tip O’Neill Award, which was presented by President Michael D Higgins at the weekend.

“This is a further strengthening of the relationship between Derry and Boston and I am sure that will continue with many more collaborative initiatives as the health innovation corridor develops further.

“All of this will help us realise our goal of bringing about improvements and innovations in health and social well-being.”