As part of this investment, five multi-disciplinary PhD studentships are progressing, and there have already been 19 individual research projects. All are examples where the University, through its applied research, is working with Smith & Nephew to develop innovative approaches to wound healing.
Professor Hardman is now regarded as a trusted and influential member of the Smith & Nephew Innovation team. The partnership has fed into the development in Hull of Smith & Nephew’s Research & Development Centre of Excellence for the Global Wound Management Division, which opened enhanced facilities in May 2017, specialising in a number of areas including clinical sciences, engineering, chemistry and microbiology.
The Smith & Nephew Hull R&D hub attracts major funding from within the company, and this recent period of Innovation and Research has been Smith & Nephew’s most prolific in the last twenty years or so, with multiple technology platforms in early and late stage development.