Prof Andrew Owens

Andrew Owens is a consultant cardiac surgeon and Director of Education, Research and Innovation at the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest acute trusts in the UK with a turnover of approximately £500 million, 9000 employees and providing a full range of clinical services, from community primary care to specialist tertiary services covering a population of over 1.5 million.

He is actively involved in clinical and basic science research, with a research laboratory in the Institute of Genetic Medicine in Newcastle University and was awarded a prestigious Hunterian Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

In his role within the Trust he has overseen the growth of the organisation’s research and innovation productivity and capacity, established a bio-incubator to support biotech SMEs and has set up a separate company to license and manufacture IP licensed from the NHS, aiming to make small volume and niche medical devices available to patients and health care providers.