Dr Mike Raxworthy

Dr Mike Raxworthy


I am Associate Professor in Engineering Managment and Innovation and bring sector expertise in medical technologies (MedTech) to this role.  By background, I am a biomedical scientist and hold a PhD from the University of Leeds as well an MBA from Warwick Business School.  I have over 30 years’ experience leading R&D in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries and am the founder and CEO of Neotherix, a MedTech company based in York  focussing on bioresorbable regenerative scaffolds for tissue repair.  I combine Neotherix responsibilities with those of this Associate Professor post. 

I was a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Medical Technology Innovation and Translation at the University of Leeds from 2015-2018 with this role subsequently adopted by the University of Leeds until my present appointment in 2021. I was previously a member of the Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) team where I was Operations Director of Regener8 (the UK Regenerative Devices Community) from 2009 – 2021.


  • Tutor, MSc Engineering Management and Innovation
  • Module Leader, MedTech Futures

Research interests

My background has provided an understanding of the workings of large and micro companies as well as extensive experience of the public sector.  I have a strong interest in entrepreneurship and the innovation process and in selecting and developing the most promising ideas and concepts using appropriate decision criteria. I have recently been able to apply this interest to sustainable development and specifically the translation of MedTech in low-resource settings in projects supported by GCRF and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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  • BSc Applied Biology (CNAA)
  • PhD Biochemical Pharmacology (Leeds)
  • MBA (Warwick Business School)

Professional memberships

  • BioMedEng Association
  • European Tissue Repair Society

Student education

I presently teach on the online Engineering Management MSc course and on a number of biomedical engineering related modules, including Biomedical Engineering Design and the MedTech Futures discovery module.  The latter is also available as a MOOC..

During the time I was a RAEng Visiting Professor, I developed the MedTech BEST (Business and Entrepreneurial Skills Training) short course.  This has now been run in a number of formats and settings.