In early November we hosted a group of health experts from Leeds’ partner city of Hangzhou who were looking at how our city has built a sector strength in health and medical technology and digital health.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office awarded Leeds City Council a small grant from its International Programme for this project which focuses on Leeds’ sector strength in health and medical technology. The project aims to utilise pioneering work on healthcare and technology in Leeds to help more people in Hangzhou to live healthier, more productive, active and creative lives and at the same time deepen existing business links between the two regions and our relationship with key decision makers.
The project paid for 4 experts from Hangzhou to spend 3 days in intensive workshops and visits to discover the unique joined-up approach between key partners in Leeds which has led to the creation of a world-leading healthtech and medtech ecosystem which feeds an ever growing number of innovators in this field.
The delegation, which included representatives from Hangzhou Health Commission and the Vice Presidents of 3 hospitals, met with experts from the NHS, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Co>Space North with the tech hub at Platform. They also had the opportunity to visit three Leeds companies which specialise in health technologies, Tissue Regenix in Swillington , DePuy Synthes in Beeston and Brandon Medical in Morley.
The visit to Tissue Regenix gave the delegation an insight into how this small company was set up as a spin-out from the University of Leeds and is now building its market across Europe and the US for regenerative medicine.
DePuy Synthes, part of Johnson and Johnson, has redeveloped its site in Leeds into an R&D facility which is one of the leading orthopaedic facilities in the world and the visitors were able to look how the company is developing and testing new technology for hip and knee replacement products.
The visit to Brandon Medical included a tour of a mock-up operating theatre which showcases the equipment Brandon produces such as lighting, emergency power units, control panels and operating tables.
It is hoped that the project will lead to greater collaboration between the healthtech and medical sectors in Leeds and Hangzhou, strengthening the 31 year partnership between the two cities.