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Driven forward by leading universities, with a dynamic industrial base and outstanding clinical infrastructure, the North East possesses particular expertise in biomedical science, clinical trials and contract manufacturing. This makes the region one of the most fertile grounds for the life sciences and healthcare industry.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre is the only one of its kind outside the South of England.

There are numerous world-leading organisations operating in life sciences and healthcare in the region, including Newcastle Biomedicine, a strategic partnership between Newcastle University and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to advance translational medicine. Genetic medicine research is based at the International Centre of Life, and the largest interdisciplinary grouping of researchers into ageing and age-related diseases in Europe at the Campus for Ageing & Vitality, home to the Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in Ageing, the only one of its kind in the North of England.

This is just a small proportion of the overall ecosystem which helps to make the North East a thriving life science and healthcare economy, and has developed and attracted a variety of businesses ranging from large corporates such as Aesica Pharmaceuticals, to innovative SMEs and spin-out enterprises like QuantuMDx .

Key facts:

  • The North of England is home to 1,000 life science and healthcare companies, generating a turnover of £10.5 billion and employing 38,000 people.
  • 33% of the UK’s turnover in pharmaceuticals is produced in the North East.
  • Newcastle is a national centre of excellence in translational medicine. Newcastle Biomedicine has been recognised with a number of awards from UK Government including a renewal of status as England’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in Ageing.
  • Newcastle Biomedicine is host to a number of national research centres including the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research, and the Arthritis UK Tissue Engineering Centre. 
  • In 2012, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust undertook the UK’s largest number of clinical trials recruiting more than 13,800 patients

There is huge potential for businesses from both inside and outside the region to expand their work in the healthcare and life science sectors here.

How can Newcastle Science City help?

If you are working in the life science and healthcare sector, our team can provide you with the advice you need to locate in the region, help you gain access to the very latest research and introduce you to key people working in this area, including offering a single point of contact to access academics, clinicians, supply chains and networks. This includes extensive advice and support through the complete life-cycle of investment for example with property solutions, access to financial support, and NSC will act as a long-term point of contact for your business once located in Newcastle, and connect you with business support networks to support innovation and grow your business.

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