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Medilink Midlands and Mentor, Ohio, announce Collaboration in the Life Sciences Sector

28th August 2018

20th August 2018, Mentor, Ohio, USA and Birmingham, UK – Medilink Midlands and the City of Mentor announced today a strategic collaboration to promote bilateral trade and investment between the Midlands region of the UK and Northeast Ohio.

The City of Mentor is located in Northeast Ohio just a 20-minute drive from downtown Cleveland, and is part of a cluster of life science and biomedical companies that have grown up around the Cleveland Clinic, one of the world’s leading hospitals. There are over 700 medical and bioscience companies in Northeast Ohio and the cluster includes world-leading companies such as General Electric, Siemens, Philips, Toshiba, Hitachi, and STERIS.

Medilink Midlands is a strategic collaboration between Medilink East Midlands and Medilink West Midlands to support and promote the life sciences sector in the Midlands region of the UK. Medilink Midlands brings the collective expertise of the two organisations together to support over 1700 life sciences organisations within the region. The UK has the third largest medical technology sector in Europe, and the Midlands has the largest regional cluster in this sector in Europe.

Kenneth Filipiak, City Manager, Mentor, Ohio said:

“Links between Northeast Ohio and the UK are set to become more important following a substantial investment by the Cleveland Clinic in what is currently the largest hospital development in the UK.

The City of Mentor looks forward to becoming a focal point for stimulating trade and investment between Northeast Ohio and the UK life sciences sector.”

Dr Darren Clark, Director of Medilink Midlands commented:

“The collaboration between the City of Mentor, and Northeast Ohio, is the first international relationship announced by Medilink Midlands since it was launched earlier this month.

North Eastern Ohio is an attractive strategic location for Midlands companies looking to establish a low-cost foothold in the largest medical and life sciences market in the world.

The State of Ohio is an important manufacturing region in the USA and has considerable potential synergies with the Midlands Region – the UK’s leading manufacturing region.

Medilink Midlands looks forward to encouraging a broader collaboration between the two regions through its partnership with Midlands Engine.”

The first collaborative initiative between the two organisations is being planned for late October. More information will be available shortly.

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