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Translate: Me

Developing medical technology innovation skills and translational capability in the Leeds City Region

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Translate: Me is an initiative to enhance and embed medical technology innovation know-how across the Leeds City Region.

We are delivering a targeted innovation development programme to enhance innovation awareness, understanding and capacity.

Our training programme, secondment and mentoring schemes are fully funded and open to PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff, and technology transfer teams within our partner universities:

  • learn innovation skills that cannot be taught in a classroom
  • progress your technology ideas
  • stand out from the crowd to potential collaborators and future employers
  • build new contacts you wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to
  • road test a new sector or environment

We are working with organisations across the medical technology sector to open opportunities for secondments and mentoring:

  • diversify your workforce from a broad talent pool
  • learn from a fresh perspective
  • gain new knowledge from the cutting edge of science and technology
  • ‘grow your own’ by securing talented, local new collaborators and employees


We occasionally run specific identified secondment opportunities with partners, in the past these have been with Arthritis Research UKDevices For Dignity and Medipex. Past and current secondees have spoken about their experiences with the scheme through blog posts and case studies.


Our Innovation Champions have a wealth of experience and expertise in developing medical technologies.

Embedded in each of the Translate partner universities, they are on-hand to offer advice about technology progression and/or to enhance innovation skills and capabilities. Together, they are sharing good practice and creating new opportunities for collaboration.

Find out more about Innovation Champions at your institution, and get in touch directly.

Our mentoring scheme is now open for expressions of interest from anyone with a professional interest in medical technologies innovation in the Leeds City Region.

Mentoring provides researchers with an informal setting for peer-to-peer learning, guidance and encouragement.

Mentoring provides professionals in a range of organisations with the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences, develop talent, and gain insights from other perspectives.

View a selection of our mentors on our ‘Meet our mentors‘ page.

For further details, eligibility criteria and deadlines, download the  Mentoring Guidelines and Expression of Interest Form (Downloads document within a new tab)



Our training and development programme brings together the best innovation development opportunities from across the Leeds City Region partners into one accessible programme.

The Translate: Me training programme provides innovation development opportunities for postgraduates, research staff and business development managers at partner universities.

Delivered through a flexible, pick and mix programme of introductory, stand-alone workshops, designed to equip researchers and business development teams with the skills to translate research ideas into medical technology products and clinical solutions.

The Translate: Me Training Programme is open to PhD students, researchers, academics and business development staff in any one of the Translate partner universities (Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leeds Beckett, and York).

Registration is essential for all courses. Current courses can be viewed below.

Past events can be viewed on our events page.


Could your research help patients in the healthcare setting?  Could it lead to faster services or diagnostic tests?

Are you keen to get practical use of your research in the NHS?

This one-day workshop will look at how to start innovating in the NHS context, and will provide you with the practical tools to assess your research for potential in a healthcare setting. Using real case studies, we’ll explore how innovation works in the NHS, the opportunities and potential pitfalls to avoid when developing your research into something that can benefit patients.

This workshop will cover:

  • What is innovation and what is it in the NHS?
  • The NHS Innovation landscape and barriers to innovation
  • How the development process works and the stages involved
  • Genuine unmet clinical need – what is it and how to look
  • What’s out there already? (Market Assessment)
  • Scoping solutions – the creative process
  • Taking stock – Innovation Disclosure
  • Gaining support – Understanding the help available key people to engage with

By the end of the day you will:

  • Understand the innovation landscape in which the NHS works and the key stakeholders
  • Understand the process by which new products and services are developed
  • Be able to assess clinical unmet need and research potential existing solutions
  • Efficient and appropriate use of creativity tools to scope your solution using need criteria
  • Produced an informed summary of your idea to start gathering support (within your organisation and with potential customers/consumers)

The workshop will be run by Lindsay Georgopoulos,  a Medipex Ltd.

Medipex is the regional NHS Innovation Hub for the Yorkshire & Humber region helping NHS staff commercialise their ideas and innovations.

Spaces are limited and registration is essential.

Open to staff and postgraduate research students at Translate partner universities only (Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leeds Beckett, and York).

Book now to avoid disappointment.

To book please go to – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nhs-strategy-and-adoption-market-assessment-tickets-41064479965