The Redistributed Manufacturing in Healthcare Network (RiHN)

Redistributed Manufacturing (RDM) in healthcare involves moving production closer to the point-of-care, helping clinicians to deliver better outcomes through medical products, technologies and therapies that are available on-demand and tailored to patient needs.

The UK EPSRC first funded the RiHN in Feb 2015 and a cross-disciplinary team of six universities delivered pioneering feasibility studies and a comprehensive white paper to guide future research and investment.

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Following a new award commencing in July 2020, the team has grown and the Network now seeks to fund novel applications of RDM for use in challenging mobile environments, supporting the practice of humanitarian, military and emergency medical care. 

Manufacturing Technologies for the Front Line

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Additive Manufacturing

Development and evaluation of field deployable Additive Manufacturing processes and systems for the creation of custom medical devices.

Cell & Tissue Therapies

Design and testing of cell and/or tissue interventions that deliver therapeutic effects for the treatment of traumatic injuries or result in improved rehabilitation post-trauma.

Clinical Fluids

Demonstration of the capability to rapidly produce intravenous fluids, blood products or other fluids to assist in decontamination for application in deployed field hospitals or in locations closer to the point of injury.


Development of miniaturised portable platforms and techniques capable of delivering small-molecule APIs, therapeutic proteins, vaccines and live-biotherapeutic products.

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Latest News

RiHN's first project has commenced this week looking at 'Combining Orthobiologics, Antimicrobial and Angiogenic Properties for Rapid Treatment of Bone Repair in Deployed Settings.' More information to follow.
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Latest News -Issue date 15.09.20 by 3DHeals blog

RiHN's Co-Investigator Professor Richard Bibb explores the 'Additive Manufacturing Response to COVID-19 Crisis' in his latest blog post.
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Latest News -Issue date 17.08.20

Congratulations to our Lead Investigator Professor Harris Makatsoris awarded 'The President's Special Award for Pandemic Service'

The Royal Academy of Engineering announced Professor Harris Makatsoris, one of the winnners of their special engineering awards, for his transformative work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the full article below.

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Issue date : 26 June 2020 by UWE press release

Research to assess possibility of producing healthcare products like PPE at point of need.

The University of the West of England have released a press article on the new RiHN programme. Click the button below to read more.

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Join our Network

We are particularly interested in working with humanitarian and emergency services organisations, and any other beneficiaries of distributed forms of manufacturing technologies and systems.

Our Network provides opportunities for academic researchers to participate in our events, apply for feasibility study funding, submit papers to our special issues and collaborate with us in other ways to achieve our research aims.

What is Redistributed Manufacturing?

The way we currently manufacture our goods is becoming increasingly unsustainable.

The established centralised, off-shore, mass production approach is increasingly under threat from global economic volatility, political and security risks, international pandemics and climate change. Watch the video and find out what solutions Redistributed Manufacturing can offer to commonly faced challenges.

For more videos, our past funded feasibilities covered (I) cell microfactories for both autologous and allogeneic CATBTs; (II) 3D bioprinting of islet micro-tissues; commercialisation of ATMP/Device combination products, (III) 3D printing of a diagnostic medical device, and (IV) pharmaceutical products and supply chains. Click the button below to watch now.

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White Paper

“An interesting future possibility would be to take RDM into mobile or flexible locations, in cases where there is an acute and urgent demand for medical products or supplies, for example to meet the demands of humanitarian crises, natural disasters or emergencies. The first hours are critical for saving lives or reducing the chances of debilitating conditions; RDM systems could seek to deliver rapid diagnosis, production and testing in remote conditions.”

The factory of the future may be at the bedside, in the home, in the field, in the office and on the battlefield.” (Foresight 2013)

Our Team

The Network

The RiHN is a consortium of seven UK universities and the MoD Defence Medical Services and is guided by an advisory board with leading experts from the medical manufacturing, technology and innovation ecosystems.

Contact Us

For further information, please get in touch:

  • Prof Wendy Phillips, Programme Director
  • Dr Dharm Kapletia, Senior Research Fellow & Programme Manager
  • Chloe Hughes, Programme & Website Administrator 


Our Collaborators