Diagnostics North East

A unique, joined up diagnostics infrastructure for industry and academia.

The introduction of new diagnostic tests and devices for patient benefit requires robust development, evaluation, adoption, diffusion and horizon scanning for new opportunities, linked to large, rapidly accessible and well characterised patient cohorts and tissue repositories. The North East of England has a unique diagnostics infrastructure with expertise spanning all elements of this pathway, providing unrivalled opportunities for industry and academia.

Excellence is specifically available across the following linked domains:

Development – MRC/Newcastle University Single Cell Functional Genomics Unit and MRC/EPSRC Molecular Pathology Node.

Research and Innovation – MedConNecT North aims to offer a bespoke service to SMEs, National and International Medical Technology Companies, providing guidance and assistance throughout the Medical Technology Research and Innovation Pathway.

Evaluation – NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative Newcastle, NIHR Newcastle Medtech and In vitro Diagnostic Co-operative, and the Newcastle NICE External Assessment Centre.

Adoption and Diffusion – The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria Limited (AHSN NENC).

Horizon Scanning – Newcastle NIHR Innovation Observatory.

Patient Cohorts – Research-active hospitals across the North East, with innovative imaging modalities provided by the Newcastle University Centre for In Vivo Imaging, and clinical research focussing upon The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the first UK teaching hospital to be rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission.

Tissue Repositories – Large Cellular Pathology Biobank and extensive Genomics/Genetics facilities within the largest clinical laboratory in Europe.

“Diagnostics North East is a collaboration between the NHS, academia and the AHSN working across the region with a unique set of infrastructures to help industry partners develop, evaluate and encourage adoption of new diagnostic tests. Diagnostics underpin all modern healthcare and so collaborative innovation in this area is key to improving outcomes for patients. We look forward to working with you to deliver this for the population of the North East of England and beyond.”

Michael Wright, Chair of the Diagnostics North East Steering Group and Deputy Medical Director, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

"Diagnostics North East represents completely the effective partnership between Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle University and the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria. It brings together discovery science delivered by those in a top 4 medical school with clinicians working in the only CQC ‘Outstanding’ clinical service. It draws upon the largest diagnostic laboratory in Europe and significant NIHR infrastructure together with the adoption and spread capability of our AHSN for the North East and North Cumbria. I am delighted that our enthusiasm for this collaborative work is being recognised through the success of Diagnostics North East."

Professor Julia Newton Medical Director - AHSN NENC

"Translational research is built on the ability to transform discoveries from the bench through clinical trials and medical adoption into new devices and treatments for patients. Through Diagnostics North East and Therapeutics North East we enable our academic and commercial partners to achieve translation through a unique combination of comprehensive, state of the art infrastructure and biomedical expertise at all points in that pathway.”

Andrew Blamire, Acting Dean of Translational Research, Director of the Centre for In Vivo Imaging, Newcastle University