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Life sciences

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.

Case Studies

PEAKDALE

KIMS

GENEA

MICHELSON DIAGNOSTICS

INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES LTD

VENOMTECH

PFIZER

ALGAECYTES

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

12 Ashford
6 Aylesford
& Malling
10 Canterbury
14 Dartford
and area
1 Deal
20 Discovery Park
(Sandwich)
1 Dover
2 Faversham
2 Hythe
11 Maidstone
and area
12 Medway
1 Queensborough
23 Kent Science Park
& Sittingbourne
5 Sevenoaks
and area
1 Tenterden
8 Thanet
12 Tonbridge
and area
4 Royal Tunbridge Wells
and area
2 Whitstable
1 Wingham

ASHFORD

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

AYLESFORD
& MALLING

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

CANTERBURY

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

DARTFORD
AND AREA

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

DEAL

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

DISCOVERY PARK
(SANDWICH)

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

DOVER

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

FAVERSHAM

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

HYTHE

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

MAIDSTONE
AND AREA

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

MEDWAY

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

QUEENSBOROUGH

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

KENT SCIENCE PARK
& SITTINGBOURNE

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

SEVENOAKS
AND AREA

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

TENTERDEN

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

THANET

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

TONBRIDGE
AND AREA

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS
AND AREA

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

WHITSTABLE

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

WINGHAM

Contract manufacturing organisation/contract Research organisation

R&D Suppliers and Service Providers

MedTech

Consultancy

Industrial and other biotechnology

Therapeutic Discovery Development and Support Companies

Non Governmental Organisation

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