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Kent is home to many leading names in the life sciences sector, including global players such as Abbott Laboratories, Pfizer, Mylan, Novartis and Aesica.
The sector is changing globally, and Kent is no exception, with specialist contract research companies emerging to help fuel the life sciences’ pipeline of products. Kent has a growing community of these companies, and the all-important supply chain they need, whether at Discovery Park, Kent Science Park or elsewhere in the county.
Kent is now one of the fastest growing centres for this diverse industry in the UK. Within the county’s life science cluster of 150 companies, 64 companies are involved in medical technologies, while 17 provide front-line drug discovery research and development (R&D). A further 25 companies are drug discovery and development support and supply chain companies and 15 are consultancies, with many spin-outs from companies such as Pfizer or the county’s universities.
Of the 6,200 life science people employed locally, 48 per cent work in the development of medical devices, 22 per cent are involved in front-line R&D and nine per cent work for contract drug manufacturing organisations.
The life sciences sector has been boosted by access to funding from Expansion East Kent and TIGER via the Regional Growth Fund, offering interest free loans to these high-growth companies.
National support for the knowledge-based economy, such as the reduction in Corporation Tax, R&D tax credits, and Patent Box to protect intellectual property, have also helped attract overseas companies to Kent.
INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES LTD
NUMBER OF BUSINESSES IN THIS SECTOR: 150
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 6,200
7,700 NUMBER OF GRADUATES PER YEAR
The Kent Life Science Cluster Map
If you click each cluster you will find out more about each of the companies in that cluster
6Aylesford & Malling
14Dartford and area
20Discovery Park (Sandwich)
11Maidstone and area
23Kent Science Park & Sittingbourne
5Sevenoaks and area
12Tonbridge and area
4Royal Tunbridge Wells and area
Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation
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