Designing Science Ltd is a product design consultancy focused on med-tech innovation in the university and start-up sector. As a virtual network of seasoned design professionals we are able to take on challenging design tasks from concept to manufacturing. It is led by Patrick Hall who has over 30 years’ experience in product design and a long track record in medical innovation.


Most of our projects are not in the public domain, however the Bubble PAPR, a collaboration with Manchester Foundation Trust and Manchester University, has recently been launched. The project seeks to develop a low-cost Powered Air-Purifying Respirator for use in infection control, a direct response to the Covid crisis. See the project page here.

SEA CtV – An i4i funded collaboration between Manchester Foundation Trust and Manchester Metropolitan University to develop a device to help tracheostomy patients to speak. Designing Science is the design partner, undertaking user research, design and prototyping to develop clinical prototypes.
Wearable EEG – Supporting a start-up at Ulster University to develop a design for a self-contained wearable EEG. As well as product design and prototyping, Designing Science is leading the creation of a technical file for CE marking.
Startup at Cardiff University – Devising product solutions to automate personalised medicine.

Past projects include:
York University – Market evaluation of various product areas arising from quantum research.
Ancon Ltd – Multiple projects to prototype product concepts.


  • Innovation - Mentoring and supporting emerging start-ups. Workshops to promote a culture of innovation.
  • Design - Turning ideas into commercial devices.
  • Grant applications - Supporting applications for NIHR i4i, InnovateUK and Biomedical Catalyst
  • Visualisation - Creating a design concept to communicate the value of your technology to funders, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Prototyping - For proof-of-principle, design evaluation and patient trials.
  • Manufacturing specification - Drawings and 3D CAD to specify the design for manufacture.
  • Supply chain - Finding manufacturing partners.

Patrick Hall – Managing Director

Patrick has over 30 years’ experience in product development. For 8 years he was Development Director at Maddison, a med-tech product design company. He also spent 7 years working for IDEO in both London and Palo Alto.

He has worked in a broad range of industries including medical devices, life sciences, FMCG, business electronics and industrial products. He has a deep understanding of how products are transformed from ideas into reality and how to manage projects.

He is Medtech Designer in Residence at Oxford University (a role mentoring and promoting med-tech start-ups), a visiting Enterprise Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University and often speaks at conferences and exhibitions on subjects such as optimising development strategies and user focused design.