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Dr Graeme Howling

Senior Technology Innovation Manager


As Senior Technology Innovation Manager at the University of Leeds, I support medical technology innovation and translation in both Grow MedTech and the IKC.

My role is to identify new opportunities and work with stakeholders to develop their proposition in order to validate, derisk and progress the technologies towards commercialisation. This involves working closely with academics, clinicians and industry.

Prior to working in university-based innovation and translation, I spent 10 years working in innovation and product development in a large, multinational medical devices company.

I have a PhD in cell biology and tissue engineering and have an excellent understanding of the medical devices industry and its challenges, as well as a background in scientific project management and innovation

  • 10 years’ experience of medical device industry innovation and product development in the fields of orthopaedics and wound repair. Initially working as a senior scientist, then as project leader responsible for managing a team of scientists and finally as principal scientist before moving to the Medical Technologies IKC.
  • I have extensive experience in tissue engineering and advanced regenerative medical devices in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal applications. I work closely with the Charity Versus Arthritis, supporting evaluation and management of their Medical Technologies Translational Proof of Concept Project programme.
  • Supported and actively project managed Proof of Concept projects within the IKC to ensure that the projects deliver to planned timescales and budgets. This includes projects that have been successfully licenced to industry and/or entered into clinical studies.

  • Medical devices
  • Orthopaedics
  • Wound repair
  • Tissue engineering and regenerative medical devices
  • Technology scoping, evaluation, IP protection and technology transfer
  • Support and mentoring for innovation teams and programmes


My primary field of interest is in repair and regeneration of diseased and damages tissues, including tissue engineering and regenerative medical devices. The areas of smart devices, earlier diagnosis and intervention and technology convergence are exciting new developments that have the potential to transform healthcare, improving outcomes for patients while providing cost-effective solutions for the healthcare provider.