A fast evolving hub for scientific innovation and growth


Put Yourself at the Centre Of Scientific Discovery

Kent’s life sciences sector has created some of the most revolutionary and world-renowned medicines in existence.

Pfizer, Mylan, Diasorin, Smiths Medical and over 450 other life science sector companies have made Kent their home over the years, putting the county on the map as a key location for everything from bio-tech, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics to global science logistics, med-tech manufacturers and contract research organisations.

Pharmaceutical giants and SMEs have developed collaborative clusters of excellence for research and drug discovery in key locations around the county. Two of the UK’s leading science parks – Discovery Park and Kent Science Park – and the emerging North Kent Enterprise Zone allow businesses access to state of the art facilities while saving on overheads thanks to cheaper commercial costs and discounted business rates.

Kent’s science parks and universities have also shaped a collaborative environment in the region, in which students, scientists and business professionals thrive through research, development and innovation. These local initiatives coupled with dedicated undergraduate courses and the new Kent & Medway Medical School will ensure that you can find the right staff, trained to professional standards and with an understanding of the latest life science challenges.

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.

Interested in joining some of the UK’s best scientific minds located in Kent?

“Kent is a great location. You’ve got a strong network of scientists. Being in this part of Kent has given us great access to a talent pool. There are several universities, but also high-speed links.”

Steve Trim, Venomtech

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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.

    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.

    Kent Medical School

    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.

    The Community Lab at Discovery Park

    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 to 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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