Major Centres and Initiatives

World leading capabilities in
medical technologies innovation

The iMBE hosts a number of national centres and acts as a hub for regional innovation in medical technologies. Further details and links are provided below.

Grow MedTech

Grow MedTech is a major UK programme providing specialist support for innovation in medical technologies, involving a consortium of six universities across the Leeds and Sheffield City Regions.

We are a collaboration between the Universities of Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam and York, led by the University of Leeds and funded through the Research England Connecting Capability Fund.

By combining the different strengths of our partner universities in medical and related digital technologies, innovation and commercialisation, we are providing capacity and capability in medtech that far exceeds that offered by a single institution.

MeDe Innovation – the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices

MeDe Innovation is a collaborative research project led by the University of Leeds, bringing together expertise from the universities of Newcastle, Nottingham, Bradford and Sheffield. This £9million programme is researching advanced design and manufacturing methods to provide methods for producing cost-effective, reliable and effective devices; supporting the development of the sector and satisfying the health service’s requirement for new, innovative and cost effective treatment options.

Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre

This £13million, national centre, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), facilitates collaboration between companies, engineers, scientists and clinicians to develop innovative technologies by speeding up the route to market, ensuring products and services are fit for purpose, and reducing the risk of late-stage failure.

Translate – Realising medical technologies in the Leeds City Region

Translate: is a new partnership of universities in the Leeds City Region with world-class expertise in the development of new medical technologies, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Translate develops nationally leading capability, establishing a sustainable community of academic, industry and clinical partners that are connected and committed to working in partnership to deliver a strong local economy and patient benefits.

Leeds Biomedical Research Centre

Leeds BRC is an international leader in translational musculoskeletal research hosted within Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT), bringing together two leading University of Leeds research institutes: the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine (LIRMM) and the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (iMBE). Both have the delivery of patient focussed research driven by scientific evidence as the core of their activities. The University of Leeds and LTHT are now the most highly cited English Higher Education Institute and NHS organisation respectively in the area of musculoskeletal diseases.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Innovation in Medical and Biological Engineering

Our Centre for Doctoral Training provides multidisciplinary training in an externally focused, collaborative and challenge led research environment: enabling research students to make major contributions to the research, development, manufacturing, regulation, translation and the adoption of new regenerative devices into the health care system – delivering economic and social benefit on a global scale.