We are the UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) – a world leading organisation supported by an initial investment from UK government and Newcastle University – to help co-develop and bring to market products and services which create a world in which we all live better, for longer.
We bring together cross-competence professionals and researchers, commercialisation experts, scientists, innovators, and technologists working closely together with the public in a seamless way, exchanging their intelligence.
Our sister organisation VOICE® – Valuing Our Intellectual Capital & Experience – is an international network of thousands of ‘innovation savvy citizens’. Through their engagement we want to inspire new thinking, and build knowledge and connections to empower people.
Together with VOICE® we have developed a novel approach, Ageing Intelligence®, which leverages the experience, wisdom, skills, insights and expertise of citizens, older adults alongside people of all ages and backgrounds, together with their stakeholders, while harnessing big data.
Our role as a Global Observatory allows us to be uniquely positioned to help enterprises to capitalise on their return-on-society and return-on-business in the longevity economies, generating new thinking and actions.
Within 10 years, there will be one billion older people worldwide. A globally ageing population presents many challenges around health and wellbeing, quality of life and housing being amongst the most critical as well as multiple economic and social opportunities.
A national Centre, NICA is based at The Catalyst, a 100,000 sq foot prize winning Innovation Centre : www.thecatalystnewcastle.co.uk on the Helix Urban Innovation Quarter in the heart of Newcastle and acts as a focus for economic growth both in the region and nationally/internationally.
Chief Development Officer: Patrick Bonnett
Turnover: >£1 million
Number of staff: 30
The UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) is the first in the world to evaluate “gita robots”, a cargo-carrying robot which follows you round, to assess the impact on the mobility of older adults. The gita robot pairs with a person, freeing their...
Innovators, researchers and experts are turning the ageing process into commercial opportunity in the heart of Newcastle
As its name suggests, The Catalyst – based in the £350 million Helix development, the site of the old Scottish & Newcastle Brewery base in the Gallowgate area of the city – is a melting pot for the sharpest brains in business, innovation and commercialisation...
Four and a half years ago, The UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA), together with colleagues in NICD (the National Innovation Centre for Data) started the process of defining and shaping what was to be our future home – The Catalyst in Newcastle. As the...
With two internationally renowned science parks, the UK’s largest research active public health system, and world leading knowledge and talent at our universities, it’s no surprise North East England is widely recognised as one of the leading destinations for...
National architects, GSSArchitecture, are pleased to announce that following completion in October 2019, The Catalyst has become the first commercial office building in the North East to be awarded the certification of “Outstanding” by BREEAM under the current...
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