Smith & Nephew forms "exciting" new partnership with the University of Hull
ADVANCING CARE: Samantha Iveson, BioMedical Science PHD student, at work in Smith & Nephew's new R&D facility in Hull
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Jul 2017
One of the world’s largest wound care research clusters is being created in the city thanks to a £3m partnership between Smith and Nephew and the University of Hull.
The collaboration is designed to develop innovative treatments for advanced wound care by bringing together industry and academia.
Smith and Nephew’s Hull site manufactures some of the world’s most advanced wound care products. Its state-of-the-art Research and Development (R&D) centre opened in the city on May 12, which together with the university’s new £28m health campus will form a key part of to the partnership's work.
Stewart McKinlay, Smith and Nephew’s vice president of research and innovation, said: “This partnership will combine the brightest minds with the finest R&D facilities available with the aim of better supporting healthcare professionals in the advanced treatment of wounds, which is an area of significant unmet medical need and a substantial cost to healthcare systems.
“Pioneering innovation is a strategic priority for Smith and Nephew, and we are thrilled the University of Hull shares our passion for the importance of advancing the science of wound care.
“There will be opportunities for students and employees to interact on a daily basis to share knowledge, best practice and support our ambitious R&D pipeline. Combine that with the scale of scientific specialities that is based here, then this partnership is a truly exciting prospect.”
Smith and Nephew and the university yesterday confirmed the establishment of a five year framework that will see a co-investment of about £3m, including the creation of 8 PhD studentships.
About 25 per cent of staff employed within wound research and development at Smith and Nephew in Hull are former Hull University graduates, with many more working in different roles across the business.
As part of the new partnership, the global medical technology business will extend the use of its facilities to the cluster PhD students for workshops and industrial placements.
Dr David Richards, Hull University’s pro-vice chancellor for research and enterprise, said: “This partnership goes to further strengthen our links with industry at the same time as creating a global hub for pioneering new approaches in this field.
"By combining the considerable expertise we have at the University with those at Smith and Nephew, we will drive research which will help to position ourselves as global leaders in this field.”
The collaboration has been welcomed by new the new Hull West and Hessle MP, Emma Hardy.
She said: “Britain is a global leader in medical technology innovation. Partnerships such as this further strengthen our position at the forefront of global medical research and development.
“Creating one of the largest wound care clusters in the world is a huge vote of confidence in the UK as a whole and Hull in particular.”