NIHR Innovation Observatory is an independent research and horizon scanning centre hosted by Newcastle University. We are constantly tracking new technologies from patent to patient. We provide briefings on new technologies to public stakeholders, policy makers and advisory bodies. NICE is a main stakeholders and we have a crucial role in keeping them informed about healthcare technologies that might be suitable for the NICE technology appraisal. We inform NICE well in advance of marketing authorisation so guidance can be published close to product launch and encourage companies to contact us as early as possible to discuss their plans for the UK.