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.

“The breadth of diagnostics expertise in Diagnostics North East is unique in the UK, exemplified by Newcastle upon Tyne being the only UK centre to have an MRC/EPSRC Molecular Pathology Node, NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative, Medtech and In vitro Diagnostic Co-operative, and an NIHR Innovation Observatory.”

Professor John Simpson, Director, NIHR Newcastle MIC and Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Newcastle University

"Diagnostics North East represents the effective partnership between NHS, academia and The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC). I am delighted that our enthusiasm for this collaborative work is being recognised at the launch of Diagnostics North East." 

Professor Julia Newton Medical Director - AHSN NENC