Extra support to help conquer international markets is now on offer for Kent life science companies to access thanks to a new project launched recently.
The Boost4Health (B4H) project primarily aims to connect Kent’s growing cluster of life science businesses with their counterparts in mainland Europe. It will provide tailored support for these companies to reach out beyond the continent.
B4H is led locally by Kent County Council and funded by the EU with additional backing from BioGateway, the organisation set up last year to promote commercial links between the UK and European life science networks.
Cllr Mark Dance, KCC Cabinet member for Economic Development, said: “Exporting can be complex and B4H will provide free support to help Kent firms enter new markets with a focus on pharmaceuticals, bio-technology, medical technology and nutrition.”
Opening the launch event, Paul Wookey, Chief Executive of Locate in Kent, added: “The three year project will help our firms enter new markets and collaborate with new partners through practical and financial support.
“We have no doubt it will help boost local companies and jobs.”
B4H selected Kent’s Discovery Park for its launch on Wednesday, 12 October, as it is a centre of excellence for a wide number of life science sectors, including antibiotics and treatments for cancer using immunotherapy – an area of research already showing great potential.
Imran Khan, Chief Executive, BioGateway, said: “The project will formally link Kent to various European Life Science clusters in the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, France, Germany and Denmark – and will run until 2019.
“It has the potential to have a lasting impact, building relationships and opportunities that will go beyond Brexit.”
Life Science businesses from Kent and its European partner regions in six European countries will receive free support – including specialist coaching to help with international growth. Other support available will include:
• Opportunities to travel to Life Science events and clusters in mainland Europe to meet with companies and experts who can help with market entry.
• Micro-financing for travel, product validation or other export-related activities.
• Opportunities to join a dynamic European Life Science network.
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