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The National Horizons Centre (NHC) is Teesside University's £22.3m centre of excellence for the biosciences and healthcare sector. With research, partnerships and training at our core, the NHC brings together industry, academia, talent and world-class facilities to create real-world impact.

Together with our partners, we pride ourselves on discovering diseases earlier, developing novel treatments and delivering life-saving medicines quicker, safer and more affordably. With specialisms in disease-specific research, biomanufacturing and biotechnology and digital analytics and machine learning, we work in an agile way to advance biosciences and healthcare research.

We care about the future of the industry, which is why we train the workforce in cutting edge technologies, aligning closely with our partners to address the technical and digital skills needs of the sector.

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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)

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We have a world class research community under our roof, supporting the full research lifecycle, from early diagnosis of diseases to delivering treatments to patients faster.

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NHC staff in labs


Our collaborative industry partnerships put businesses at the forefront of innovation. We offer partnering opportunities including joint research, consultancy and access to our cutting-edge equipment, alongside flexible co-creation spaces.

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NHC staff in labs


We support the full pipeline of training for the biosciences and healthcare sector, from our Life Science Manufacturing Academy for school leavers, to apprenticeships, undergraduate and postgraduate courses and continual professional development.

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