New university facility set to transform lives with pioneering healthcare tech
Nottingham Trent University has unveiled that work has begun on a new facility focusing on the development of innovative research and products to meet future healthcare demands.
It is part of the university’s £23 million ‘Medical Technologies Innovation Facility’ (MTIF) and is being created on the Clifton Campus.
The multidisciplinary building will combine the work of scientists, engineers, clinicians and entrepreneurs, who will work together to develop vital products and materials.
As part of the MTIF project, plans have also been submitted for a facility dedicated to pilot production and commercialisation. Planned for the Boots Enterprise Zone in Nottingham, this will provide access to laboratories, clean rooms, technologies and expertise for processing, prototype development and preparing manufacturing processes.
A key aim of MTIF is to improve patient care by speeding up medical product development and getting innovations to market as quickly as possible.
In addition, the MTIF project – which will receive up to £9.7 million support via the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership – will form strategic alliances with a range of organisations to help ensure effective support to companies and researchers.
Professor Mark Biggs, Head of the College of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University, said: “MTIF will improve people’s lives through the development of the next generation of medical technologies. It will support industry and enhance the regional economy in the areas of life sciences and healthcare, key priority sectors for the UK Government. The technologies that will emerge from this initiative will improve the lives of people across the UK and beyond.”
Work at the facility is due to be completed by summer 2020.
Sajeeda Rose, Chief Executive of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, added: “Life Sciences is a key LEP sector, with the area hosting many bio and healthcare services businesses. I’m pleased to see the development of NTU’s planned Medical Technologies Innovation Facility reach this next stage. It’s a great example of the private sector and a LEP area university working closely together, to help innovative businesses to expand.”