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Medical devices and new technology for all patients

Earlier adoption of technology and medical devices

Supporting healthcare innovation through measurement

The ageing and growing population is often living with an increased chronic disease burden. We are working to bring medical devices and technologies to market faster, while still meeting stringent regulation and patient safety requirements. We work within the new accelerated access pathways for earlier adoption of technology in the NHS and consumer markets.

As patients are being empowered to manage their own health, including a drive towards digital health, there is a need to support them with new medical devices and technologies. Our work seeks to support the challenges which enable this, by:

  • improving the quantitative understanding of biological systems and processes
  • understanding the complexity of medical devices and technologies, and how that impacts their manufacture, performance and safety assessment inside and outside clinical settings
  • facilitating remote and/or self-monitoring of health conditions
  • supporting the development of new imaging modalities and technologies
  • enabling the implementation of Industry 4.0 to support the digitisation of device manufacture (integrated systems, sensors, additive tech, smart devices)
  • supporting the convergence of omics technologies, informatics and digital (sensors, wearables) technologies
  • accelerating innovation in precision medicine, diagnostics, telemedicine and assisted living technology

Collaborative research to meet emerging healthcare challenges

Our work is supporting innovation and new medical device development through:

  • delivery of the measurement capabilities and standards that support the adoption of advanced manufacturing processes and techniques into healthcare
  • enabling structural and functional measurements at the molecular, subcellular, cell, tissue and organism level
  • enabling the safe use of new medical device technologies such as wearables, diagnostics and bioelectronics by developing validated and standardised analytical methodologies for assessing and validating performance
  • enabling adequate control over the design, test and manufacture of new devices through industry standard QA/QC measurements and reference data
  • providing confidence that technologies and devices being developed meet safety regulations and are brought to the marketplace as quickly and cheaply as possible
  • supporting synthetic biology or additive manufacturing technologies using measurements to enable the implementation of new manufacturing processes

The programmes above are underpinned by our work as the UK’s National metrology institute and the realisation and maintenance of SI units along with primary and secondary standards.

If you have a research collaboration where our expertise can help, please contact the team and discuss your project.

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Case study

New low-cost flexible X-ray detectors


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NPL improves access to medical ultrasound quality assurance


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Independent verification of novel heart disorder diagnostic device 


Working with NPL

Our researchers are at the forefront of new innovations that promise to deliver new solutions to healthcare challenges, and also play a vital role in providing the standards and assurance to accelerate their route to market. Learn more about our research areas and working with our experts.  

If you have a research collaboration where our expertise can help, please can contact the team and discuss your challenge.

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The Grand Challenge, a new Cancer Research UK initiative, aims to overcome the biggest challenges facing cancer researchers in a global effort to beat cancer sooner Funded through the scheme, NPL's Professor Josephine Bunch leads a group of international and multidisciplinary chemists, physicists and biologists from the UK to develop a reproducible, standardised way to fully map tumours with extraordinary precision.

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