The National Horizons Centre (NHC) is Teesside University's £22.3m centre of excellence for the global biosciences and healthcare sector, located in Darlington.

The NHC was founded in conversation with, and for the bioindustry, to discover diseases earlier, develop novel treatments, and deliver life changing medicines to those in need, quicker, safer and more affordably.

Through our delivery model of research, partnerships and training, we bring together industry, academia, talent and world-class facilities to create real-world impact.

With funding from the Tees Valley Combined Authority and the European Regional Development Fund, we are building on the region's rich heritage of research and development to accelerate innovation across the UK and internationally, boosting both the regional and national economy.

Download our brochure to find out more about how the National Horizons Centre has established itself as a vital linchpin helping drive forward the life sciences sector in the Tees Valley and beyond.

It's great to see the National Horizons Centre establishing itself as a key organisation in the life science sector. There is real potential for the industrialisation of research and for hands on training opportunities to grow the UK's biopharma workforce of the future.

Dr Kath Mackay, Managing Director, Bruntwood SciTech Alderley Park

It is great to see the ambitious goals the NHC has planned over the coming years and how the centre will help to bridge the bioscience skills gap in the UK and be a catalyst for industry-focussed bioscience innovation."

Mark Bustard, CEO, IBioIC

Since opening in 2019, the NHC has already made a huge impact helping to grow the life sciences ecosystem here in the Tees Valley and developing the skills and talent needed for the jobs of the future.

Steve Bagshaw , CBE, Chief Industry Advisor to the NHC and Manufacturing Lead, UK government Vaccines Task Force

OUR VISION:

To be the partner of choice for collaborative research and industry-relevant training for the biosciences and healthcare sector.



OUR MISSION:

  • Develop an internationally competitive basic and applied research and development capability that drives innovation in the biosciences sector
  • Design and deliver industry-informed programmes to address the technical and digital skills needs of the biosciences workforce
  • Create a pipeline of graduate talent, relevant to industry needs
  • Provide industry with access to specialised world-class facilities, supporting new ideas and learning.


OUR CORE STRENGTHS:

DISEASE-SPECIFIC RESEARCH
to understand the underlying biology of diseases, discovering them earlier in patients, and developing novel therapeutic treatments.

BIOMANUFACTURING
to develop new approaches to and optimise biotherapeutics, delivering treatments to patients faster, safer and more affordably.

DIGITAL ANALYTICS AND MACHINE LEARNING
using bioinformatics, image analysis, modelling, virtual and augmented reality, to support the discovery, development and delivery of life changing medicines.

Our Facilities

Our cutting-edge technologies and facilities provide a world-class resource for research and training.

From our co-creation spaces, to our state-of-the-art laboratories and computing suites, we provide our researchers, students and industry partners with all the tools needed to innovate in the biosciences and healthcare sector.

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Meet the Team

Our world-class research community includes management, academics, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. Our research teams are leaders in their fields, developing basic and applied research to advance the biosciences and healthcare sector.

Meet our team

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