Partnerships sit at the heart of the NHC, ensuring everything we do has a real-world impact.

Whether it's through our opportunities for joint research, consultancy, access to our cutting-edge equipment or co-creation spaces, our collaborative partnerships put businesses and organisations at the forefront of innovation.

We provide partnership opportunities across our core strengths of disease-specific research, biomanufacturing and biotechnology and digital analytics and machine learning, helping to advance the biosciences and healthcare sectors.


Hart Biologicals
Tees Valley Combined Authority
Teesside University
European regional development fund
Shona iPark

Collaboration is the key to the success for the UK bioindustry and we see opportunities to work in partnership with the NHC to support the economic and green recovery by providing a highly-skilled workforce to the UK’s bioindustry.

Mark Bustard, CEO, IBioIC

We were given a unique opportunity to locate our company at the NHC, through their co-creation spaces, to conduct research in biomedical science and to provide the translational applications for our projects. From the very beginning we have found the centre’s infrastructure and its modern facilities truly excellent, ranging from purpose-built life science laboratories to world-class analytical equipment and bioinformatics. The unique opportunity to be co-located with world class academics has led to several successful collaborative research projects.

Ewa Markiewicz, Head of Research in Molecular Dermatology, Hexis Lab

We have been astounded by the facilities within the NHC and the expertise offered through their staff. They have shown considerable ambition and commitment to develop future healthcare innovations. Our partnership will allow the DTVRA to support our clinical staff to explore new ideas using the NHC’s skills, expertise and facilities, and develop these ideas into successful grants and subsequent research projects.”

Jane Greenaway, Associate Director, Durham Tees Valley Research Alliance, NHS

The NHC’s collaborative approach to upskilling across the Biosciences sector is impressive. Pharmaron Gene Therapy are delighted to engage with the NHC through the Skills and Technical Advisory Group to support the ongoing evolution of the CPD programmes. Their cutting edge facilities and tailored training courses play an integral part of strengthening careers within the Biomanufacturing and Advanced Therapies space.

Christopher Sadler, Director (Upstream Process Development)


We work with both public and private sector partners across the biosciences and healthcare sector, including public health organisations, academic institutions, business start-ups, SMEs and multinationals. Below are some of the ways you can work with us.

NHC staff in labs


We partner on collaborative research and development of innovative services, products and processes through routes including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funded projects and PhDs.

If you have a specific project in mind, we also undertake contract research, where we will work with you to agree the aims, expected outcomes and timescales of the project, tailoring everything to your unique requirements.

NHC staff in labs


We provide access to our industry-leading expertise on a consultancy basis, offering new perspectives on business challenges, technical advice, problem solving and a greater understanding of advances in biosciences research.

NHC staff in labs


Our co-creation spaces have been designed to give SMEs room to collaborate, innovate and grow. Much more than business incubation, licensing one of our spaces gives businesses direct access to our specialist expertise and state-of-the-art facilities.

We are always happy to discuss tailored partnerships, so if you would like to speak to someone about working with the NHC, please contact Professor Vikki Rand at


Northern Bio-Accelerator Partnership (NBioP)

  • Fujifilm
  • cpi
  • NHC
  • Teesside University

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Durham Tees Valley Research Alliance

  • Durham Tees Valley Research Alliance

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Improving quality control in biomanufacturing and safety standards in food manufacturing

  • ITS

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