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New centre to revolutionise medical technology
27th February 2013
The University of Leeds is leading a £5.7 million, government-backed initiative to transform the way replacement joints and other medical implants are made.The Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices will bring together academics and industrialists in a bid to maintain the UK's leading role in the medical technologies industry and improve the quality of lives of patients.
It is one of four new centres for innovative manufacturing announced by Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts that will share a pot of £21 million grant funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) when they open later this year.
Professor John Fisher, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will lead the new centre. He said: "The medical technology market is estimated to be worth £200 billion worldwide and demand for medical devices is growing fast, driven by ageing populations that expect longer and fuller lives.
"We want to develop new ways of designing and manufacturing devices that meet the needs of particular patients and bring the manufacturing of devices much closer to them," he added. "Instead of doctors ordering, unpacking and fitting implants, we want devices to be personalised to meet individuals' needs and be made in or near the clinical setting."
The centre will bring together leading companies and five UK centres of excellence in medical technology and manufacturing at Leeds, Newcastle University, the University of Nottingham, the University of Sheffield and the University of Bradford.
The Faculty of Biological Sciences has researchers, such as Professor Eileen Ingham, which are key to this new Centre in the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (iMBE), one of the UK's leading bioengineering research institutions. It has pioneered work on longer-lasting joint replacements, revolutionary spinal interventions and biological scaffolds for tissue repair that grow with the body.
The initial focus of the new centre's work will be on medical devices for musculoskeletal and cardiovascular disease, where the cost of failure is high and the need for devices that keep working for a patient's whole life is clear.
The centre will also develop a network of over 300 industrial partners, academics and clinicians focused on medical device innovation and manufacturing. The network will lead the development of new international standards to overcome barriers to adoption in global markets and support the adoption of new technology in the NHS by working with the new Academic Health Science Networks.
The £21 million for the four new centres for innovative manufacturing was part of a £45 million package of investments in manufacturing research announced by Dr Willetts ahead of the BIS Manufacturing Summit.
"The UK has a proud history of manufacturing but to build on this success industry needs access to the very latest science and technology," Dr Willetts said. "This £45 million package of investment will see our world-class research base investigating innovative new manufacturing equipment and techniques. This will support our industrial strategy in a range of important sectors, driving growth and keeping the UK ahead in the global race."
EPSRC's Chief Executive, Professor David Delpy said: "EPSRC Centres of Innovative Manufacturing are building on previous investments we have made in the research base and combining academic innovation with industry knowledge. These new centres are in areas that are strategically important to the UK and the work there will push research boundaries and drive growth."
Alan Berry, Wellcome Trust (Oct 2014), £749,865
Paul Knox, EU (Oct 2014), £167,229
Andrew Peel, BBSRC (Sep 2014), £371,598
Lars Jeuken, BBSRC (Sep 2014), £313,463
Neil Ranson, BBSRC (Aug 2014), £355,253
Stuart Egginton, BHF (Aug 2014), £271,094
Darren Tomlinson, Mike McPherson, Technology Strategy Board (Aug 2014), £98,665
Peter Henderson, Leverhulme Trust (Aug 2014), £15,222
Mike McPherson (and colleagues in the School of Chemistry), EPSRC (Jul 2014), £819,880
Peter Stockley, Neil Ranson, BBSRC (Jul 2014), £455,787
Sheena Radford, Univesity of Michigan (Jul 2014), £138,452
Ryan Seipke, British Society Antimicrobial Chemistry (Jun 2014), £11,960
John Trinick, BHF (Jun 2014), £222,614
Chris West, Leverhulme Trust (Jun 2014), £181,241
Jon Lippiat, Darren Tomlinson, BBSRC (May 2014), £125,174
Christine Foyer, Royal Society (May 2014), £24,000
David Brockwell, Sheena Radford, Medimmune Ltd (Apr 2014), £337,661
Peter Stockley, Wellcome Trust (Apr 2014), £251,019
Mike McPherson, Wellcome Trust (Apr 2014), £146,596
Andrew Macdonald, Kidney Research Fund UK (Apr 2014), £127,237
Elwyn Isaac, DEFRA (Apr 2014), £126,512
Mike McPherson (and colleagues in School of Design), Technology Strategy Board (Apr 2014), £114,350
Paul Millner, Peter Stockley, Darren Tomlinson, YCR (Apr 2014), £95,874
Carrie Ferguson, Karen Birch, Shaunna Burke, Heart Research UK (Apr 2014), £60,140
Tim Benton, Technology Strategy Board (Apr 2014), £24,969
Bill Kunin, Technology Strategy Board (Apr 2014), £21,244
Dave Westhead, MRC (Apr 2014), £18,304
Brendan Davies, BBSRC (Mar 2014), £451,829
Jim Deuchars, MRC (Mar 2014), £300,000
Urwin, Howard Atkinson, British Potato Council (Mar 2014), £69,953
Adam Kupinski, Children with Cancer (Mar 2014), £50,000
Anastasia Zhuravleva, Royal Society (Mar 2014), £14,973
Urwin, Howard Atkinson, Agriculture & Horticulture Develpmnt Brd (Mar 2014), £13,990
Alison Baker, Steve Baldwin, BBSRC (Feb 2014), £403,439
Sarah Zylinski, BBSRC (Feb 2014), £355,869
Dave Lewis, Nigel Hooper, Tony Turner, Hugh Pearson, James Duce, Alzheimer's Society (Feb 2014), £29,871
Ronaldo Ichyama, Samit Chakrabarty, International Spinal Research Trust (Jan 2014), £304,600
Brendan Davies, BBSRC/Bayer Crop Science SA-NV (Jan 2014), £470,053
Adrian Goldman, Steve Baldwin, Stephen Muench, Thomas Edwards, Arwen Pearson , BBSRC (Jan 2014), £467,103
Stefan Kepinski, BBSRC (Jan 2014), £359,269
Elwyn Isaac, EU (Jan 2014), £179,445
Dave Westhead, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (Jan 2014), £105,937
Eileen Ingham, Joanne Tipper, Depuy International Ltd (Jan 2014), £48,121
John Barr, Thomas Edwards, MRC (Dec 2013), £469,505
Alex O'Neill, MRC (Dec 2013), £349,017
Tim Benton, NERC (Dec 2013), £31,422
Darren Tomlinson, Yorkshire Cancer Research (Nov 2013), £142,334
Nikita Gamper, MRC (Nov 2013), £336,563
Keith Hamer, Alison Dunn, NERC (Nov 2013), £47,233
Alan Berry, Wellcome Trust (Oct 2013), £749,365
Urwin, Howard Atkinson, BBSRC (Oct 2013), £360,508
Eileen Ingham, Stacey-Paul Wilshaw, NHS R&D (Oct 2013), £356,623
Sheena Radford, BBSRC (Oct 2013), £329,906
Nigel Hooper, Alzheimer's Research (Oct 2013), £327,075
Eileen Ingham, EPSRC (Oct 2013), £276,751
David Beech, BHF (Oct 2013), £109,974
Mark Harris, Medical Research Foundation (Oct 2013), £34,455
James Dachtler, Royal Society (Oct 2013), £15,000
Ade Whitehouse, Teresa Rosenbaum Golden Charitable Trust (Oct 2013), £10,000
Jurgen Denecke, BBSRC (Sep 2013), £382,093
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