The story so far...

As global health services and markets are changing and being shaped by rapid development of healthcare technologies – resulting in more personalised treatments and the need to respond to the health and social care implications of an ageing population – the North East offers a unique environment for innovation in health and life sciences and medicines manufacturing.

With an internationally recognised innovation ecosystem and translational environment, the North East has the skills, physical assets, capabilities and networks can support the delivery of the UK’s response to this challenge through the ongoing development of our key capabilities and their strategic co-ordination.

The region’s strengths include excellence in the quality of care and a focus on health innovation and partnership between the health system, science and business.

Ongoing infrastructure developments at Newcastle Helix and NETPark in County Durham continue to support the growing Health and Life Sciences sector in the North East. The region’s established centres of excellence now include The International Centre for Life, The Institute for Ageing and Campus on Ageing and Vitality and The National Formulation Centre. 


Health and Life Sciences Steering Group 

Michael Whitaker (Chair)Pharma North East and Innovation Board member 

Tim HammondDurham University 

Geraint Lewis Newcastle University 

Tony AlabasterUniversity of Sunderland 

Carolyn Horrocks Northumbria University 

Richard BakerNorth East LEP 

Alan WelbyNorth East LEP 

Geoff Davison BioNow 

Nicola Wesley AHSN  

Philip AldridgeNEPIC 

Arun HarishCPI 

Rachel Burdis Invest North East England  

Sarah PavlouRTC North 

Dale AtheyNPL 

Kevin CookSterling Pharmaceuticals 

Will DracupBiosignatures 

Roger KilburnArcinova  

Andrew TaskerFemeda 

Ben CantwellKromek 

Andrea BurroughsNewcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Trust 

Peter RippingaleNorth East Combined Authority 

Vicky CuthbertsonNorth of Tyne Combined Authority 


The Newcastle
Institute for
Ageing comprises
a network of over


of biological sciences research at Newcastle University was rated 4 stars in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 meaning it is world-leading.


Between 2008
and 2018
North East institutions secured
from the Medical Research Council.

The North East has also participated in six Science and Innovation Audits covering topics including health innovation and bio-economy.

Since the publication of the SEP in 2014, new STEM College facilities have been supported in South Shields, Wallsend and Ashington.