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06 April 2023

Dr Nicolas Huber joins the London Institute for Healthcare Engineering (LIHE)

Dr Huber is welcomed as LIHE’s Director, Commercial Operations and Partnerships, as the institute prepares to launch its inaugural acceleration programme in 2024.


The London Institute for Healthcare Engineering (LIHE) at King's College London will bring together world-class research and development expertise across academia, the NHS and MedTech companies all co-located within a landmark building overlooking the Thames and embedded within the St Thomas’ Hospital campus. 

LIHE is designed to bring together King’s research excellence, leading clinical practice from Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital Trust and the MedTech sector’s commercial power and innovation, and provides physical space for start-ups, SME’s and multinational companies.

LIHE’s mission is to transform patient care by creating a seamless pipeline of MedTech innovation, from conception to commercialisation, enabling early NHS adoption of cutting-edge technology from King's, London, and across the UK.

Translation of innovative technologies into the NHS for therapy and diagnosis is complex and requires multidisciplinary teams including clinicians, physical scientists, engineers, industry, regulatory advisors, health economists and commercial expertise.

Many novel technologies fail due to poor understanding of the challenges surrounding clinical practice, manufacturing, diagnostic/treatment pathways, clinical adoption mechanisms, regulation, and the payer landscape. LIHE will ensure MedTech spin-outs and start-ups successfully overcome these hurdles by creating a unique, supportive ecosystem of all critical stakeholders.

LIHE represents the confluence of King's world-leading scientific, clinical, regulatory, market access and commercial capabilities, uniquely geared to the development of new medical devices. Our mission is to become an evergreen pipeline of medical technology innovation to transform the health and care of patients. By collocating in a central landmark building on St. Thomas' campus our partners from industry, academia and the startup community, we will foster synergies that will break barriers of adoption and accelerate the transition of technology from bench to bedside to boardroom.

Dr Nicolas Huber, Director, Commercial Operations and Partnerships (LIHE)
Dr Nicolas Huber

LIHE's interdisciplinary ecosystem will develop and translate novel engineering solutions to improve patient outcomes and support new MedTech companies to flourish and drive economic growth. 

I’m delighted to welcome Dr Huber to King’s. LIHE is a driving force within the St Thomas’ MedTech Hub and a focal point for delivering our vision of engineering better health and empowering healthcare engineers and entrepreneurs.

Professor Sebastien Ourselin, FREng, Head of School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences (BMEIS)

LIHE’s inaugural acceleration programme will launch in 2024 and is inviting statements of interest from MedTech spinouts, startups and the healthcare industry.

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Dr Nicolas Huber

Director, Commercial Operations and Partnerships, London Institute for Healthcare Engineering

Professor Sebastien Ourselin FREng

Professor of Healthcare Engineering