Healthcare Research

IfM healthcare research and practice brings together expertise in manufacturing science, technology, management, digitalisation and service solutions to address the complete portfolio of challenges in the healthcare supply chains. Research projects range from clinical trial supply chains through manufacturing of drugs and medical devices all the way to developing service models and reconfiguring the healthcare supply chains.


Healthcare research across the IfM


IfM healthcare research areas:


Healthcare across the University of Cambridge


Four Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IRCs) are in healthcare with several Strategic Research Initiatives/Networks (SRIs/SRNs) in healthcare related themes.


Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IRCs)


Healthcare Strategic Research Initiatives/Networks (SRIs/SRNs)


Connecting with the Cambridge Healthcare Ecosystem 


There are over 400 companies in the Cambridge lifesciences cluster including AstraZeneca, Abcam and Horizon Discovery Group, providing £3 billion (2017) contribution to the UK economy and employing over 15,000 jobs. Sites across Cambridge including the Biomedical Campus, Cambridge Science Park and Granta Park provide world-leading facilities for this ecosystem.


In 2018, AstraZeneca comissioned a report that indicated should the Cambridge life sciences cluster continue to grow at its current rate it has the potential to contribute a further £1 billion per annum to the UK economy in 2032 and could provide 6,000 additional jobs within the same timeframe.


Professor Andy Neely, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations at the University of Cambridge and former Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) commented on this report “The life sciences play a central role in the Cambridge cluster. Connecting people - especially their skills and ideas - to finance enables the cluster to grow and prosper. This report from AstraZeneca is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the Cambridge cluster, and demonstrates that the deep and lasting collaborations between businesses and our local universities are a crucial element underpinning the region’s economic success”.

For further information please contact:

Dr Jagjit Singh Srai

T: +44 (1223) 766141


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