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Healthcare Innovation Centre

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For more information please contact:

Professor Zulfiqur Ali
Director, Healthcare - Innovation Partnership
01642 342969

Dr Jianxin Gao
Centre Director
01223 899000

The vision for the Healthcare Innovation Centre (HIC) is to carry out world-leading research that makes a significant impact on people's lives and wellbeing. Our mission is to undertake interdisciplinary research to develop new interventions, tools and therapies for health and social care. We work collaboratively with end-users, industrial and practice partners to help adopt healthcare technologies, improve quality of life and create economic growth.

Healthcare Innovation Centre draws on existing strengths at Teesside University and TWI to create a centre of excellence in healthcare technologies.


  • create advanced research and technology capability in healthcare technologies
  • secure a portfolio of research funding from public funding bodies such as H2020, Innovate UK, EPSRC and NHS/NIHR
  • carry out research with industrial focus and impact, and develop the next generation of researchers in healthcare innovation
  • translate technologies to be adopted by industry.

Core areas

  • physical interventions - prostheses, implants, pain management, assistive technologies
  • optimising treatment - low-cost diagnostics, data analytics, predictive models, decision support systems
  • future therapies - bioprocessing, engineered solutions for biology
  • digital health - decision support dashboards, intelligent companion, VR and gaming.

These areas are underpinned by key capabilities in advanced materials, disruptive sensing systems, advanced manufacturing, medical devices, photonics and ICT.

Funded research projects

Tees Healthcare Innovation Partnership (T-HIP)

The Tees Healthcare Innovation Partnership (T-HIP) is a new collaboration between Teesside University and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is linked to the Healthcare Innovation Centre based in Cambridge and Teesside with TWI Ltd.
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