One of our most important roles has been to act as partnership brokers, proactively connecting people from academia, industry and clinical practice to collaborate more effectively in developing new medical technologies.

Through these partnerships and collaborations, we have been nurturing a vibrant regional, medtech community across the Leeds and Sheffield City Regions.

Alongside our partnership universities and our connections to industry, we have also linked into the wider network of healthcare innovation support organisations across the regions, to create added value.

Bradford Institute of Health Research

BIHR was established in 2007 as a research partnership between the primary and secondary care NHS Trusts in Bradford and Airedale and the universities of Bradford, Leeds and York.

Part of the local NHS in Bradford and embedded in city’s multi-ethnic community, BIHR carries out collaborative programmes of applied health research with a focus on four main areas: child health, older people, stroke and quality and safety of healthcare.

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Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Bradford Council covers an area of around 141 sq miles, serving a population of over 500,000 across the city of Bradford and surrounding towns.

Bradford MDC is one of the partners in the Digital Health Enterprise Zone, a £13m programme led by the University of Bradford to develop digital health innovations that help prevent and manage long-term health conditions.

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Leeds Academic Health Partnership

Leeds Academic Health Partnership brings together our universities, our local NHS organisations, regional economic and health and care partnerships, Leeds City Council and third sector partners to solve the city’s hardest health challenges. We catalyse innovation and economic growth to transform health and care and reduce health inequalities.

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Leeds Enterprise Partnership

Dedicated to creating an even more skilled and prosperous Leeds City Region, Leeds Enterprise Partnership (LEP) provides investment and support to help the Leeds workforce, businesses and the economy to thrive, by working with organisations across the public and private sectors.

With an overall aim of transforming the City Region economy, LEP focuses on four key areas: supporting growing businesses, developing a skilled workforce, increasing energy efficiency and improving the region’s infrastructure.

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Medilink Yorkshire and the Humber

Medilink Yorkshire and the Humber are a membership based representative body for the Healthcare Technology sector dedicated to the growth of sector across the North of England.

They bring together the NHS, academia and industry to stimulate innovation and support the growth of the sector, providing specialist consultancy services around innovation and commercialisation, international trade, PR and marketing and sector skills provision.

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Neotherix Ltd

Neotherix is a regenerative medicine company specialising in the development of novel bioresorbable scaffolds for tissue regeneration and repair.

Drawing on their expertise in polymer electrospinning technology combined with wound healing biology, the company develops innovative products for soft tissue repair and therapy in specific, selected applications where there is a clear clinical need.

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NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative

The NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative supports the development of medical technologies in the fields of colorectal, vascular and hepatopancreaticobiliary (liver, gall bladder and pancreas) surgery to improve healthcare and quality of life for patients.

Based at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, they draw on a nationwide network of clinicians, engineers, scientists, industry and patients to identify new areas in need of innovation, support research to address these clinical problems, and provide a resource for evaluating new surgical technologies within the NHS, helping them to move into clinical practice.

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NIHR Leeds IVD MedTech Co-operative

The National Institute for Health Research Leeds In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (NIHR Leeds MIC) supports diagnostics developers in the design and validation of new in vitro diagnostic tests (IVDs). Their multidisciplinary expertise is focused on four clinical themes: oncology; musculoskeletal disease; renal medicine; and infection diagnostics

Based at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, the NIHR Leeds MIC provides support to help the translation of new IVDs through to patient benefit and the commercial market place.

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NIHR D4D MedTech Co-operative

Devices for Dignity supports the development of technologies to meet clinical needs in chronic health conditions that are often overlooked, and that are typically associated with loss of dignity and independence, and poor patient outcomes.

Based at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, D4D works closely with patients, carers and all other parties involved in product development to ensure the technologies they develop fit into the lives of the people that they’re designed for.

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NineHealth CIC

Nine Health CIC is a not for profit Community Interest Company created from within the NHS. Its focus is to improve health and well-being by accelerating the development and use of innovative technology for patient and public benefit in health and social care.

Based in Leeds, NineHealth supports companies by drawing together health and social care data from robust sources for use in research, market analysis, benefit analysis or to create software and applications.

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Ortheia Ltd.

Ortheia is a start-up company working in implantable musculoskeletal technologies, partnered with JRI Orthopaedics. As well as developing its own technologies, Ortheia also supports innovators in the musculoskeletal field, whether they be lone inventors, academics or any of a wide range of commercial collaborators from micro SMEs to large industries.

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Sheffield Chamber of Commerce

The Sheffield Chamber of Commerce is a membership organisation which is dedicated to supporting, connecting and growing local businesses across the region.

Their aim is to ensure that decisions by local and central government are made in the best interests of local businesses and the region as a whole.

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Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

The Sheffield City Region LEP was established in 2010 and provides the strategic direction for Sheffield City Region. As the custodian of the Strategic Economic Plan, the LEP sets out the economic blueprint for how the region will grow its economy and supports the public sector decision-making process. The region has particular strength in six sectors, which include healthcare and technology, and digital.

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Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network

The Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) aims to create significant improvements in the health of the population by reducing service variability and improving patient experience in the health care system. One aspect of this is helping to ensure that new innovative products and services with the potential to transform lives become part of routine clinical practice.

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