With state-of-the-art clinical facilities and pioneering partnerships between academics and clinicians, Greater Birmingham is truly at the cutting edge of medical technology and global healthcare



A powerhouse for the Healthcare industry, the region combines extensive research and development facilities, strong collaboration between academia and business as well as one of Europe’s largest, most diverse and non-transient patient populations.

With state-of-the-art clinical facilities, population scale and diversity and pioneering partnerships the local universities and healthcare organisations, Greater Birmingham is truly at the cutting edge of medical technology and global healthcare.

Key Facts

  • There is ready access to Life Sciences infrastructure through the city's state-of-the-art Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Over 500 medical technology companies exist in the Birmingham area, more than any other UK region
  • Edgbaston medical quarter is at the cutting edge of world-class technology

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The region is home to multiple leading hospitals and medical facilities including University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS, one of the leading hospitals in Europe. The city’s state-of-the-art hospital facilities include the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB).

The combination of excellent facilities, access to talent and world-class research departments within the region’s Universities, has enabled a multitude of specialist and niche medical organisations and companies to thrive in Greater Birmingham developing innovative solutions, ranging from cancer treatment to specialist sports medicine.

Key Companies

Below is a list of the Top 10 strategic companies in and around Birmingham, representing the biggest and best of the region's Healthcare industry:

Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Serco Health
Healthcare at Home
The Binding Site
Salts Healthcare
AAH Pharmaceuticals
Aspen Medical
Carl Zeiss Vision

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Membership Organisations

Medilink West Midlands is a membership organisation with a remit to stimulate growth and innovation in the medical and health technology sector.

As part of Medilink UK, a national network of Medilink partners we are working to improve business growth in the UK Life Science sector.



Skills & Talent
The regions strong Clinical and Life Science Academic Centres of Excellence enable today’s healthcare challenges to be explored and addressed by experts from healthcare, academia and industry.

The multiple centres of excellence for Life Sciences research in the region provide a highly skilled talent pool and an attraction for key talent. For instance The College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham is a major international centre for research and education in medicine, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy. Aston University’s initiative for a medical school in the heart of Birmingham has recently been endorsed by Leicester Medical School and will soon be to open to 60 undergraduate medical students growing to around 100 new medical students each year.

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