Leeds HealthTech ecosystem

The Centre is a strategic part of an integrated healthtech ecosystem across the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

This ecosystem brings together academic, clinical, and commercialisation expertise.

This enables our work to span the full innovation journey from early-stage discovery science through to clinical evaluation, product development, and uptake into the NHS. Together, we aim to help transform Leeds into a world-leader in connected, innovation-driven and challenge-led healthtech. 

It includes:

University of Leeds centres and institutes

Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering

Research in medical technologies, focusing on longer-lasting joint replacements, tissue sparing interventions, and biological scaffolds for tissue engineering. Visit the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering website.

Astbury Centre

Interdisciplinary research involving physics, biological sciences and chemistry to understand the molecular basis of life. Visit the Astbury Centre website.

Bragg Centre for Materials Research

Discovers, creates and designs new materials, pursuing both fundamental and applied research. Visit the Bragg Centre for Materials Research website.

Centre for Computational Imaging and Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine

Fundamental and applied biomedical imaging and modelling, focusing on personalised minimally invasive therapies and active and healthy ageing. Visit the Centre for Computational Imaging and Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine website.

The Northern Pathology Imaging Co-operative

Deploys digital pathology across hospitals in the North of England and develops artificial intelligence tools to help diagnose cancer and other diseases. Visit the Northern Pathology Imaging Co-operative website.

Leeds Institute for Data Analytics

Brings together applied research groups and data scientists from all disciplines to understand health and human behaviour and tackle a wide range of social and environmental problems. Visit the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics website.

EPSRC Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre

Accelerates the commercial development of new medical technology products and services, with a focus on regenerative devices. Visit the EPSRC Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre website.

NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre

Supports translational research across musculoskeletal disease. Visit the NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre website.

NIHR MedTech Co-operative in Surgical Technologies

Supports the development of new medical technologies, focusing on colorectal, hepatobiliary (HPB) and vascular surgery. Visit the NIHR MedTech Co-operative in Surgical Technologies website.

NIHR MedTech Leeds In-Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative

Supports the design and validation of new diagnostic tests, focusing on oncology, musculoskeletal disease, renal medicine and infection diagnostics. Visit the NIHR MedTech Leeds In-Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative website.

NIHR Leeds Clinical Research Facility

Carries out high-quality early stage and experimental clinical trials to help new treatments and tests reach patients more quickly. Visit the NIHR Leeds Clinical Research Facility website.

Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit

Specialises in the design, conduct and analysis of both early and late-phase high-quality academic clinical trials. Visit the Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit website.

Academic Unit of Health Economics

Uses a variety of economic and econometrics methods to explore health-related cost effectiveness, efficiency and inequalities. Visit the Academic Unit of Health Economics website.


Enables businesses from all sectors to connect with the expertise, talent and facilities at the University of Leeds, to accelerate and de-risk innovation and maximise commercial returns. Visit the Nexus website.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Innovation Pop-Up

An innovation hub connected to a £650m investment in two new hospitals and located in the heart of the planned Leeds Innovation Quarter. It provides a forum for industry and healthcare professional engagement. Visit the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Innovation Pop-Up page.

Leeds City Region partners

More widely, we work with health and research partners in the Leeds City Region, which include:

Leeds Academic Health Partnership 

Drives the adoption of research and innovation and creates inward investment to help reduce health inequalities. Visit the Leeds Academic Health Partnership website.

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership

Works with public and private sector partners to provide support and funding to help businesses in the Leeds City Region to grow. Visit the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership website

Academic Health Sciences Network

Connects NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry to facilitate change across health and social care economies and improve outcomes for patients. Visit the Academic Health Sciences Network website.


Develops entrepreneurial ecosystems in the Leeds City Region that will have both local and national impacts. Visit the Leeds MIT REAP website.

Medilink Yorkshire and Humber

Brings together the NHS, academia and industry to stimulate innovation and support the growth of the healthtech sector across Yorkshire and the Humber. Visit the Medilink website.

The Health Creation Alliance

A national movement addressing health inequalities through health creation. Visit the Health Creation Alliance website.

NIHR Applied Research Collaborative Yorkshire and Humber

Supports applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems. Visit the NIHR Applied Research Collaborative Yorkshire and Humber website.

Bradford Institute for Health Research

Provides research expertise within the Trust and aims to increase the opportunities for patients and staff to participate in high quality research to enable better patient outcomes and improved healthcare. Visit the Bradford Institute for Health Research website.

Partner with us

If you are interested in partnering with us, please email our Research and Innovation Development Manager Simone Wilkes via s.l.wilkes@leeds.ac.uk.

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