Health Technologies 

Greater Birmingham, and the wider West Midlands, is a growing centre for testing and providing health innovation, working in partnership with businesses and patients.

Health Technologies and Life Sciences in our area

The West Midlands’ large and diverse population, innovative healthcare ecosystem and rich Research & Development environment makes it the ideal location in which to train and work in health and care, as well as establish and grow a health technology business. Our strengths lie in bringing different disciplines and sectors together. GBSLEP is leading initiatives to lever value and deliver growth from our world-class industry, clinical and academic assets. In turn, driving innovation and adoption of new approaches and technologies.

World leading companies

Health Technologies encompasses;

  • biotechnology (drug development, diagnostics);
  • medical technology (devices and consumables);
  • digital health (digital delivery of health services, personalised/precision medicine and data analytics) and
  • technologies from other sectors with applications in health (advanced materials, precision engineering, manufacturing)

Greater Birmingham and Solihull has a strong and growing industry base of medical technologies and biopharma companies including large growth companies such as The Binding Site Group (immuno-diagnostics) and Salts Healthcare Ltd,(stoma care). The area also has many innovative companies, including university spin-outs across diagnostics, devices and digital health.

OUR IMPACT (2020 / 2021)

  • £14m funding for the Precision Health Technologies Accelerator – the catalyst for the Birmingham Health Innovation Campus.
  • GBSLEP led on the development of a Health Technology Cluster for the West Midlands and will continue to strengthen business networks.

OUR YEAR AHEAD (2021 / 2022)

  • Extending the mapping of innovation space undertaken during 2020 to identify new facilities to meet domestic and international growth.
  • Support internationalisation and access to export markets, through events such as the Commonwealth Games.
  • Improve access to skills and career pathways into life sciences through the establishment of a WM Science Industry Partnership (SIP).

West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy

The WMLIS recognises data driven health and life sciences (usually referred to as simply Health Technologies) as a major market opportuntity for the region. Across the West Midlands (three LEP geography) there are;

  • 400 health tech / life science businesses
  • 11,000 employees 
  • £4bn turnover

The largest sub-activity of health tech/life sciences in the West Midlands is the Medical Technologies sector, employing over 7,000 people and making up 8% of the UK’s total core Med Tech employment.

Our Health Technologies cluster is based on excellence in science, manufacturing, digital and data technologies and leading capabilities in translational medicine and clinical trials.

The region has numerous centres of national and international significance including:

  • Largest national Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit
  • NIHR Trauma Management MedTech Cooperative (Trauma MIC)
  • One of six national Health Data Research UK sites
  • One of four Midlands & Wales Advanced Therapy Treatment Centres
  • West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre 
  • Aston Brain Centre

The region offers a rich and comprehensive ecosystem for healthcare innovation with strong translational partnerships across academia, the NHS and industry – most notably Birmingham Health Partners – and specialist incubation and industry-facing support such as the MD-TEC Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre at the Institute of Translational Medicine.

If you are interested in learning more about GBSLEP's work around Health Technologies please contact Kathryn Wagstaff, Local Industrial Strategy Policy Manager. 

If you would like find out more about SIP West Midlands (Science Industry Partnership) please take a look.