Alex Lyness

BEng, MSc, PhD, CEng, MIMechE

  • Visiting Fellow in Healthcare Engineering


Alex Lyness has held a number of senior R&D roles within industry. He has led interdisciplinary teams and has run international collaborations between large multinational companies, high-calibre academic institutions and medtech start-ups. This has all been done with the intent to bring cutting-edge technologies from potential, through to feasibility and into next generation drug delivery systems. 

Previously, Alex was awarded an EPSRC Enterprise Fellowship and conducted research at Loughborough University to develop a delivery system for pancreatic islets. Whilst working at the university he also consulted as the Technical Lead on a collaborative-project with Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (London) that led to a CE-marked, patented a device capable of delivering cells to the upper layers of the skin to treat a rare genetic disease.  

He gained his PhD whilst working as a Medical Device Engineer where he worked on the optimisation of a needle-free drug delivery injection system that was later shown to be successful at a clinical trial.  

Alex is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has published over 20 research articles and is a named inventor on 15 patent applications. 


  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering 
  • MSc in Engineering Design 
  • BEng in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering


Alex is a Visiting Fellow in Healthcare Engineering, continuing his association with Loughborough University. He currently assists with teaching on the Healthcare Engineering module (WSC610).