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.

Connecting people

We act as partnership brokers, proactively connecting people from academia, industry and clinical practice to collaborate on developing new medical technologies. We link into the wider network of healthcare innovation support organisations across the regions, to create added value.

Our six, skilled and experienced technology innovation managers are based in our partner universities, but work collectively as a team, connecting with academics, companies and clinicians from across the Leeds and Sheffield City regions. This specialist innovation support is helping to put these regions at the forefront of the UK’s medtech sector.

Our ambition is to help develop medical technologies that are better aligned to patient needs by involving patients and people with long-term conditions at every stage of the journey.

Through our partnerships and collaborations, we are nurturing a vibrant regional, medtech community, connected by our programme of events and communications and supported through training and career development opportunities.

Our track record in successful innovation support is well proven and our model and processes are being further developed with our partners, to be disseminated as good practice in other sectors and regions.

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Funding and expertise

We provide funding to support technologies from initial concepts at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2 and 3 through to proof of commercial concept at TRL 5. We also provide support for projects at TLR 5+. More importantly, academics and companies can access sector-specialist expertise and advice to help them progress their technologies, create effective partnerships and leverage additional funding from other sources.

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Converging technologies

We are also reaching out beyond the traditional boundaries of medtech, to innovators with expertise and technologies in other fields that could be successfully applied to the sector.

Medtech innovation is increasingly involving multiple technologies, combining different disciplines with the opportunities offered through digital technology and Artificial Intelligence: we aim to help our partners be a part of this exciting future.

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If you’d like to be involved in Grow MedTech, get in touch on our contact page. There’s space for you to send us a query if you have one and we’ll aim to respond as quickly as possible. You can also use the form simply to sign up to our mailing list, to receive information on our funding calls, projects, events and news.

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