You are here: Home Newsroom Features Leading biomedical scientist to head up MediCity

Leading biomedical scientist to head up MediCity

15 October 2013
Feature Brand
David Browning, a former CEO within Philips Healthcare and Consumer Lifestyle, has been appointed Director of MediCity, the new Nottingham-based health and wellness business incubator.  
MediCity, a collaboration between Alliance Boots and BioCity, is an incubator designed to provide a stimulating and supportive business development environment for innovators in consumer healthcare, medical technology, diagnostics, and beauty products. MediCity is based within the Nottingham Enterprise Zone on the Alliance Boots site in Beeston.  Businesses housed at MediCity will benefit from BioCity’s experience of growing successful businesses in specialised incubator environments and Alliance Boots expertise in the global healthcare market.

As Director of MediCity, David will oversee the refurbishment and population of the historic D6 building which will provide fully serviced office and laboratory space. Work is already underway as first tenants begin to take up space, and interest builds from meetings, events and conferencing organisations.  MediCity will be providing support to businesses which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

David Browning brings more than thirty years of applied healthcare experience to his new role. As a scientist and entrepreneur, he has led the development of new products and services for leading healthcare organisations with an emphasis on diagnosis, personalised medicine, and health and wellbeing.  A background in Clinical Biochemistry in the NHS, followed by senior positions with Amersham International, Kodak Clinical Diagnostics and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (a Johnson & Johnson company) inspired David to lead start up organisations including Oxonica Healthcare Ltd. where he worked with Boots UK to launch a revolutionary new technology, Optisol™, an active ingredient used in some Soltan products, Boots own brand suncare range. David spent five years with Philips during which he managed a wide range of innovation initiatives, encompassing personalised medicine, point-of-care diagnostics and pro-active wellbeing.

Most recently, David has developed and supported a number of entrepreneurial businesses, both as a coach on the UK Government’s Growth Accelerator and in leadership roles, including Cognotiva, delivering unique software-based platforms for health and wellbeing and Cizzle Biotechnology, developing novel diagnostics for lung cancer.  He brings extensive experience of working as an entrepreneur across leading centres for innovation, including Oxford, Cambridge, the Netherlands and the Silicon Valley.  

Commenting on his appointment David said, “It is a real privilege to join the BioCity team with the opportunity to create a health and wellness incubator on a par with leading global innovation centres. I grew up in the East Midlands and I am looking forward to working with talented innovators of new clinical and consumer products. We will draw on a network of business, financial and technical experts, as well as Alliance Boots experience, to help them commercialise their ideas.”

BioCity CEO, Dr Glenn Crocker, said: “David’s appointment is a real coup for MediCity. He has an incredible wealth of experience of working with early stage innovative businesses and technologies and this, combined with the access to Alliance Boots innovation and product development knowledge, is already proving an extremely attractive proposition for companies. I am sure David will make MediCity a great success.”


What’s new at Boots? Find out the latest updates from the UK’s largest pharmacy-led health and beauty chain – from new products and services to important business developments.



Read the views of our team members at Boots, who are experts in their field. Find out what they think about the most important issues of the day – from healthcare equality to sustainability.


Media Resources

A you are a journalist looking for information and resources about Boot? Visit our media resources hub to access images, reports, spokespeople and videos.


Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and 2,100 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on

*Figures accurate as of 30 November 2023