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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.

World leading capabilities in medical technologies innovation

Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre

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

Grow MedTech

Grow MedTech has been 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.

Grow MedTech was 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 partner universities in medical and related digital technologies, innovation and commercialisation, Grow MedTech provided capacity and capability in medtech that far exceeded that offered by a single institution.

Translate – Realising medical technologies in the Leeds City Region

Translate MedTech was a partnership of six Universities in the Leeds and Sheffield City Region: Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam and York. The programme offered a wide range of support for early stage medtech ideas, including training courses, workshops, innovation clinics and secondment schemes

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

MeDe Innovation was 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 researched advanced design and manufacturing methods to provide methods for producing cost-effective, reliable and effective devices; supported the development of the sector and aimed to satisfy the health service’s requirement for new, innovative and cost effective treatment options.

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.