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£23m Nottingham Trent University centre will develop next generation of medical devices

The MTIF site on NTU's Clifton campus (Credit: Henry Brothers)

The next generation of medical devices and technologies will be produced at a new Nottingham Trent University dual-site centre.

The £23m Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF) will bring organisations and clinicians together with university researchers to develop their ideas and get them to market as quickly as possible.

By accelerating the development of innovative products and advanced materials to meet a range of future healthcare needs, it is expected to improve the lives of patients and reduce the cost of care – while also stimulating the regional economy

Work has now been completed at the university’s Clifton campus and the Boots site within the Nottingham Enterprise Zone.

MTIF managing director Mike Hannay said: “This is a hugely exciting development for Nottingham and the wider region. MTIF will bring companies, clinicians and university researchers together to take their ideas from bench to bedside, accelerating the speed of innovation to improve patient care.”

MTIF site split between Clifton campus and Boots HQ

The Clifton Campus site will focus on research and development, linking academics with industry to provide a multidisciplinary approach to medical technology development.

The Boots site, meanwhile, will be dedicated to the development, clinical production and commercialisation of new medical technologies. This site will provide access to laboratories, clean rooms, technologies and expertise for processing, prototype development and preparing manufacturing processes.

The MTIF site on the Boots campus (Credit: GF Tomlinson)

MTIF is expected to become a major specialist innovation asset within the Midlands Engine, supporting industry and enhancing the regional economy in the areas of life sciences and healthcare.

The project was supported with £9.7m funding from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership via the Local Growth Fund, through its Local Growth Fund allocation. Henry Brothers and GF Tomlinson were the main contractors for the Clifton Campus and Boots site, respectively.

Nottingham Trent University vice-chancellor Professor Edward Peck said: “This development is a major part of the investment that NTU is making in ensuring the future sustainability and growth of the economy of the city, county and region.”

Sajeeda Rose, chief executive of D2N2, added: “Life sciences and healthcare is a key sector for the D2N2 LEP, not only helping patients get better treatment but also playing a dynamic role in driving forward the economic growth of the region.”