The Institute is a unique partnership between the University, NHS, business and local government.

It forms an important part of the Greater Manchester health innovation ecosystem, working together to translate world-leading research into new products and services to improve lives.


The University of Manchester is one of the country’s major research institutions, rated fifth in the UK in terms of ‘research power’ (REF 2014). World-class research is carried out across a diverse range of fields including cancer, advanced materials, global inequalities, energy and industrial biotechnology. No fewer than 25 Nobel laureates have either worked or studied here. It is the only UK university to have social responsibility among its core strategic objectives, with staff and students alike dedicated to making a positive difference in communities around the world. The University leads the Institute, and is committed to engaging its research community across academic disciplines in meeting pressing health and care needs.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is responsible for one of the country’s most successful city-regions, home to more than 2.8 million people and with an economy bigger than that of Wales or Northern Ireland. Our vision is to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old. We’re getting there through a combination of economic growth, and the reform of public services. GMCA, through the GM Local Enterprise Partnership, is contributing financially to the Institute and is actively involved in its strategic development.

Health Innovation Manchester (HInM) is an academic health science and innovation system, at the forefront of transforming the health and wellbeing of Greater Manchester’s 2.8 million citizens. It combines the former Greater Manchester academic health science network and Manchester academic health science centre in a partnership with GMCA and business to provide leadership for the GM health innovation ecosystem, delivering innovation into frontline care at pace and scale thanks to GMs £6bn devolved health and social care system. HInM provides the Institute with key insights into health and care need, and an important pathway for translating research into health and care practice.

Bruntwood SciTech is the UK’s leading developer of innovation districts creating specialist environments and innovation ecosystems for science and technology businesses to form, scale and grow. A 50:50 joint venture between Bruntwood and Legal & General, Bruntwood SciTech’s unique experience of working in strategic partnership with city councils, universities and NHS Trusts drives inclusive and sustainable economic growth through investment in science and technology infrastructure.The Bruntwood SciTech network is home to a specialist community of over 500 of the country’s most disruptive science and technology businesses across 11 campuses UK wide, including their dedicated life science hubs in Greater Manchester and Cheshire: Manchester Science Park, Citylabs and Alderley Park. Providing world-class infrastructure including specialist lab, office, and makerspace and like-minded communities, Bruntwood SciTech also offers tailored business support including unrivalled direct access to finance and funding, highly skilled talent and open doors into new markets, as well as an extensive clinical, academic and public network.

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is the largest hospital trust in the UK, with responsibility for 10 hospitals and for community services. It has a major campus on Oxford Road, adjacent to the University of Manchester and MSP’s Manchester Science Park. It is a joint venture partner with MSP in their Citylabs developments, which are located on the MFT Oxford Road campus, and is actively involved in developing the GM health innovation ecosystem. MFT will work with the Institute to identify innovation opportunities and pioneer their implementation.

Other Partners

The University of Toronto has evolved into Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery and knowledge creation. They are one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, driven to invent and innovate. The University of Toronto will work with the Institute through the Toronto-Manchester Joint Translational Centre for Digital Health, which is a joint collaboration of the University of Toronto and The University of Manchester. The Centre brings together experts from a broad range of disciplines from each institution to share and develop knowledge, engage in collaborative activity, and leverage each other’s distinct national research environments.

The University of Melbourne is Australia’s leading research university and strongly committed to teaching excellence and engagement with its communities. The Centre for Digital Transformation of Health (DT4H), led by Prof Wendy Chapman, is a cross-disciplinary centre that sits in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and the School of Computing and Information Systems in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.  Prof Chapman is also one of the Co-Directors of the International Centre for Translational Digital Health along with Dr Daniel Capurro, DT4H’s Deputy Director. The University of Melbourne brings inter-disciplinary digital health, health informatics and learning health system research to the University of Manchester and its partners, and is committed to collaborating with the International Centre for Translational Digital Health to transform the healthcare system through digital health innovation.