Life Sciences

The life sciences sector demands very specialist skills. And with around 7,000 people employed in the biotech and pharma sectors – over 5 times the national average – we have gained a world-wide reputation for our expertise and culture of innovation.

In Cheshire East you’re right at the heart of one of the UK’s top 3 life science clusters, identified by the Office for Life Sciences as a member of the ‘European Super League’.

Investment in our life sciences sector has been key to this success story. The level of confidence in our people and their skills here is remarkable, from AstraZeneca investing £120 million into its Macclesfield manufacturing facility, to the new BioHub at Alderley Park – with over 50 years as Europe’s leading centre for drug development complete with a £35 million fund for Life Sciences, and also home to the Antimicrobial Resistance centre of excellence and the Medicines Discovery Catapult. Find out more about Manchester Science Partnership.

Research and Development is also a factor. The Cheshire Science Corridor is home to significant world-class assets including the Sci-Tech campus at Daresbury, and has strong links with Liverpool and Manchester Universities, both with strong life science expertise. And we have close links to nearby world-class centres such as the Christie Hospital, Europe’s largest single site cancer treatment centre, and the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre.

Find out more information on our Life Sciences Brochure Insert – [PDF – 2,858kb]

  • 5.5x national average employed in scientific R&D
  • 7x national average employed in pharma production
  • £35 million GVA from the north-west’s biomedical sector
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