A fast evolving hub for scientific innovation and growth

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Over the years, life science companies located in Kent and Medway have created some of the most revolutionary and world-renowned medicines, including Viagra, Diflucan, Aviax, Istin and Norvasc. It has put Kent on the map as a key location in the south east for a range of life science businesses from bio-tech, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics to science logistics and contract research organisations.

With 2,025 life science sector companies in Kent and Medway, including Pfizer, Mylan, Diasorin and Smiths Medical, key locations in the county are providing state-of-the-art facilities for pharmaceutical giants as well as SMEs creating collaborative clusters of excellence for research and drug discovery.

“Here we found the quality of the labs were fantastic and a place where we could expand our business.”

Naz Bashir, CEO AlgaeCytes

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Key Locations – Find office, manufacturing and lab space at leading science parks in Kent

Fast evolving into a hub for innovation and growth for life sciences and medical research, Kent is home to two of the UK’s leading science parks as well as North Kent Enterprise Zone allowing businesses to save substantially on overheads thanks to cheaper commercial costs and discounted business rates.

Discovery Park

Located in Sandwich, Discovery Park has established itself as one of the UK’s top science parks due to a fantastic track record in drug discovery. Home to pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Mylan, as well as many visionary life science businesses such as Genea Biomedx, Centauri Therapeutics and Algaecytes, this 220-acre science park offers world-class laboratory space for rent, built to suit micro, medium and large businesses.
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facilities are also available on-site, providing manufacturing companies with all the resources they need on-site to grow their operations. Complete with modern and flexible office space, Discovery Park offers a unique campus setting that invites innovation and collaboration amongst businesses. In future, there are aspirations to develop part of the site for advanced manufacturing, allowing for even more supply chain optimisation and collaboration opportunities.

Kent Science Park

Kent Science Park in Sittingbourne offers over 500,000 sq. ft of high-spec, purpose-built accommodation from office to lab space. The site is perfect to nurture start-ups as well as serve expanding or mature technology companies. This science park was awarded Best Life Science Research Facility in the South East England at the International Life Science Awards in 2016 and has attracted tenants such as Ino Therapeutics, AbBaltis, Aesop and Plantworks.

Kent Medical Campus

Located in Maidstone, Kent Medical Campus is part of the North Kent Enterprise Zone, with exciting plans being rolled out to create a new fully integrated life science campus for clinician led medical sciences.

This specialist business hub is close to a number of top performing universities, including the University of Kent, Greenwich University and Canterbury Christ Church University.

Kent’s largest privately-run hospital KIMS Hospital opened as part of the first phase of the campus, employing more than 300 staff with 250 clinicians across a range of disciplines. The opening of a new 65 bed mental health facility for adults by Cygnet Health Care marks the next stage.

A new innovation centre offering small and medium sized enterprises working in the life science, healthcare and med-tech sectors has also been announced. This space would provide a new ecosystem for life science innovation.

Businesses looking for quick access to the M20 and a central location in Kent will find the Kent Medical Campus a strong contender, with high-end office and laboratory space.

North Kent Enterprise Zone

One of the latest additions to the county commercial property offering, the North Kent Enterprise Zone includes Ebbsfleet Garden City, Maidstone’s Kent Medical Campus and Innovation Park Medway. Businesses will be able to enjoy unique benefits, such as discounted business rates and exclusive business support.

Innovation Park Medway located at Rochester Airport will focus on technology, engineering and manufacturing and makes an ideal location for medical and life science manufacturers looking to relocate in a collaborative environment.

Ebbsfleet Garden City has three linked sites, which will offer 85,000m2 of commercial space and business hubs with the aim of creating a centre of excellence in medical and healthcare research. It will offer medical and healthcare professionals as well as advanced manufacturing businesses sector-specific offices and industrial facilities.

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Finding the right talent at competitive costs

To support the life sciences growth in Kent, local universities have developed programmes to train the scientists of tomorrow.

The University of Kent’s School of Bio-sciences is a leading centre of research, education and training in biological sciences and is regarded as one of the top places to study in the UK. Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) has developed the Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise Hub, which will add an additional 1,250 graduates into the labour market by 2024.

The two universities’ commitment to training more scientists and medical professionals has also shone through when they both announced the upcoming Kent Medical School. The first medical school in Kent, it will bring the two universities and local healthcare organisations together to train students in a patient-focused way. This will allow Kent’s graduates to gain invaluable skills and experience that will benefit both residents and life science and healthcare businesses.

Kent’s education and science communities have a track record of outstanding work readiness partnerships. Discovery Park has worked with Pfizer and Canterbury Christ Church University to create a Community Lab, allowing students to work in a professional environment through their studies. An industry liaison laboratory opened in 2016 at Discovery Park allowing PhD students from Canterbury Christ Church University to work alongside science tenants to support research.

These local initiatives ensure that you can find the right staff, amongst a pool of graduates trained to professional standards and with an understanding of the latest life science challenges.

Immerse yourself in a collaborative, scientific environment

Science parks and universities in Kent have shaped a collaborative environment in which students, scientists and business professionals can all thrive through research, development and innovation. Joining soon-to-be scientists and industry-leading life science companies will allow you benefit from their experience in building and growing a successful scientific venture in Kent, but this is not the only advantage of locating in Kent.

Thanks to the county’s perfect location between Europe and the ‘Golden Triangle’ of London, Oxford and Cambridge your business will be fully immersed in a vibrant and international scientific community. Quick links to London and Europe, as well as international airports, will allow you to access leading science academia and meet your clients easily whether they are local or across the country.

Interested in joining some of the UK’s best scientific minds located in Kent? From property and site location to funding advice and sector expertise, Locate in Kent can help your life science company to reach its potential.

Read more about the support we offer to Kent’s life science sector in our free factsheet.

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