Cluster Development Manager, Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA)

Dr Ben Martyn is the Cluster Development Manager for the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA), a membership organisation acting to promote and develop the world-class life sciences cluster that exists across academia and the health service in the North of England. Ben’s role is to bring together clinical expertise, academia, industry and government to grow the Northern life sciences cluster, deliver the UK industrial strategy and raise the profile of the North of England internationally.

Prior to his current role, Ben worked for both the NHSA and Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN) as a Business Development Officer and Analyst. His role entailed the delivery of the industrial engagement programme for both organisations in order to generate a pipeline of new technology for patient and economic benefit. This involved working at all stages in the innovation pipeline, also allowing him to work on both pan-regional and local footprints to identify and support opportunities for industry to deliver solutions to unmet needs within the UK healthcare system.

Ben has a first-class Masters degree and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Warwick, where he worked on developing heterogeneous glyco-environments for the development of diagnostics. This work involved keeping a clear view to real-world application and potential commercialisation as well as fundamental research. In 2012 Ben worked for the Institute of Bioengineering in Cataluña (IBEC) on portable point of care diagnostic devices for application in low resource environments.

Ben is passionate about supporting the fantastic expertise that exists within the NHSA and working in multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder environments to deliver globally inspired, regionally delivered and locally embedded projects.


15 October 2020