A Testbed for Healthy Ageing and Longevity

Newcastle has established itself as a leading testbed for healthy ageing and longevity, not least due to the presence of the UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA).

NICA is a world-leading organisation, dedicated to promoting innovation in the field of ageing. It has developed Ageing Intelligence™, a pioneering initiative that combines data-driven insights and human experiences to develop a range of new products, business models, and services that support ageing populations. By leveraging cutting-edge research and technology, NICA helps bring these innovations to market, ensuring that the needs of ageing individuals are met effectively.

In addition to Ageing Intelligence™, NICA has also created the VOICE® global citizen network. This network serves as a platform for individuals to share their experiences and aspirations regarding healthy ageing. Through collaboration, VOICE® develops solutions for the challenges faced by ageing populations.

NICA was established by UK government and Newcastle University, which is globally recognised for healthy ageing in its own right. The university has plans to develop a £500 million Health Innovation Neighbourhood, an ambitious project to create a thriving ecosystem of collaboration between academia, industry, and the community.

Northumbria University is establishing its Centre for Health and Social Equity, further strengthening the city’s research capabilities in this domain and Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is driving clinical research, disease management and patient care, consistently standing out as one of the highest performing trusts in the UK.

Newcastle is home to the only biomedical research centre in the country dedicated to converting lab-based research in ageing and long-term conditions into practical applications. This plays a crucial role in bridging the gap between scientific discoveries and their implementation. The Department for Business and Trade has identified the North East as a High Potential Opportunity (HPO) for healthy ageing.

Beyond Investment, Newcastle is developing a testbed for healthy ageing and longevity, with institutions such as Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and NICA working to actively shape a healthier future for humanity.