The West Midlands Region

The West Midlands offers an unparalleled blend of businesses, Universities and research translation centres, coupled with strong collaboration, research and clustering activities which combine to make an established and well-connected eco-system.

Midlands Engine - Driving Life Sciences Business

Located in the centre of the United Kingdom, the Midlands Engine is the heartbeat of the nation’s economy.

Home to the largest number of medical technology and device companies in the country, the Midlands boasts a world-class research and innovation infrastructure; unbeatable access to high tech facilities and skills; and a rich set of research and innovation assets, along with an established and well-connected life sciences community, making it an ideal life sciences business location.

View the Department of International Trade's (DIT) 'Midlands Engine - Driving Life Sciences business' brochure to learn more about the Midlands Engine and its vast life sciences, business support and innovation infrastructure, including:

  • Strengths of the Midlands Engine
  • Regional Centres of Clinical Research Excellence
  • Trauma & Defence Medicine
  • Science & Business Space Opportunities

Featured Regional Centres of Excellence

West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN)

WMAHSN leads, catalyses and drives co-operation and productivity between Academia, Industry, Health and care providers and commissioners and citizens, helping to accelerate the adoption of innovation to generate continuous improvement in the regions health and wealth.

Regional Centres of Excellence

  • Advanced Therapies Facility (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • Arden Tissue Bank (University Hospital Coventry)
  • Biorepository Centre (HBRC) (University of Birmingham)
  • Birmingham University Imaging Centre (University of Birmingham)
  • Cancer Research UK Birmingham Centre (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (University of Birmingham)
  • Cancer Research UK Experimental Cancer Care Medicine Centre (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • Centre for Advanced Science, Engineering and Technology Skills (Black Country LEP)
  • Centre for Clinical Haematology (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • Centre for Computational Biology (University of Birmingham)
  • Centre for Defence Medicine (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • Centre for Digital Health – WMG (University of Warwick)
  • Centre for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (University of Birmingham)
  • Centre for Patient Reported Outcome Research (CPROR) (University of Birmingham)
  • Centre for Prognosis Research (Keele University)
  • Centre for Rare Diseases (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • Centre for Translational Inflammation Research (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • Centre for Vision & Hearing Research (Aston University)
  • Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • Centre of Rare Diseases (University of Birmingham)
  • Clinical Immunology Service (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • CRUK – Experimental Cancer Care Medicine Centre (University of Birmingham)
  • Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (The Black Country LEP, West Midlands)
  • EPSRC and MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine (Keele University)
  • European Centre of Excellence in Tissue Engineering (Keele University)
  • Health Services Management Centre (University of Birmingham)
  • Henry Wellcome Building for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (University of Birmingham)
  • Human Biomaterials Resource Centre (University of Birmingham)
  • Institute of Digital Healthcare (University of Warwick)
  • Institute of Translational Medicine (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • Keele Anatomy and Surgical Training Centre (Keele University)
  • Motion and Performance Centre (MPC) (University of Worcester)
  • MRC-Arthritis ResearchUK – Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research (University of Birmingham)
  • National Arthritis Research Unit (Keele University)
  • National Pollen Research and Aerobiology Centre – Darwin Centre (University of Worcester)
  • NHS Blood and Transplant Service (NHSBT) (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • NHS Global Digital Exemplar (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in Inflammatory Disease (University of Birmingham)
  • NIHR Global Health Research Group on Global COPD in Primary Care (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • NIHR Global Health Unit in Surgery (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • NIHR Liver Biomedical Research Centre (University of Birmingham)
  • NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • NIHR Trauma Management Healthcare Technology Co-operative (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • NIHR Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • Phenome Centre Birmingham (University of Birmingham)
  • Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • Science, Technology and Prototype Centre (Black Country LEP)
  • Tommys National Centre for Miscarriage Research (Birmingham Women’s Hospital)
  • Transplant Unit Cardio-Thoratic, Liver, Kidney (renal), and Intestinal (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • Transplant Unit Liver (Birmingham Children’s Hospital)
  • UK’s National Sperm Bank (Birmingham Women’s Hospital)
  • Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (University Hospitals Birmingham
  • West Midlands Genomics Medicine Centre (University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory (Birmingham Women’s Hospital)

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