Kent’s life science community will have a much higher profile and be better connected after the launch of industry champion, BioGateway.
BioGateway will help the county’s 150 life science companies, many of them overseas owned, by building collaborative networks and commercial relationships between themselves and with companies and research institutes in the rest of the UK and mainland Europe.
Dr Mark Treherne, CEO UK Trade & Investment’s Life Science Organisation, formally launched BioGateway at Discovery Park, Sandwich on June 23.
He highlighted the changing landscape of life sciences in the UK and how networks such as this are important to support growth in this sector.
BioGateway was also welcomed by the county’s investment promotion agency, Locate in Kent. Warwick Morris, Chairman, said: “The life sciences industry is one of the most globally mobile in the world. It relies on a cluster of like-minded companies, skills, lab space and access to market, all things that Kent is now able to offer. BioGateway will play an important role in helping to attract new life sciences companies to the county.”
Simon Westbrook, Acting Chairman for BioGateway and CEO Levicept, said: “Over the last two years, there has been unprecedented growth in the number of companies moving into the region, with Kent becoming one of the fastest growing centres for the life science in the UK with over 150 companies employing more than 6,800 life science professionals working in drug discovery, in vitro diagnostics, medical devices and agribiotech.”
To find out more or to join BioGateway, see www.thebiogateway.co.uk
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