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Life Science in Cambridge

Facts About the UK

£56bn - Pharmaceuticals, medical biotechnology and medical technology sectors together comprise around 4,500 firms, employing 183,000 staff, with an R&D spend of nearly £5billion and an annual turnover of over £56 billion.

28% - of the life science workforce comes from companies supplying services and products to the industry such as clinical trial management, assay development, regulatory advice for a turnover of £17bn.

20 – The 20 top global pharmaceutical companies have sites in the UK representing 80% of the total sector employment.

20% - The UK has the largest biopharmaceutical pipeline in the EU, with 20% of biopharmaceuticals in development originating in the UK.

1000 - With more than 1000 medical biotechnology companies and over 3200 medical technology companies, the UK has one of the largest Life Sciences sectors in Europe.

3,200 - NIHR Clinical Research Networks supported the practical delivery of 1477 new clinical studies in 201-14 through the recruitment of over 600,000 patients.

* Information obtained from UK Trade & Investment

Key strengths and opportunities of Cambridge

Multinational Pharma and Med Tech

Cluster of potential academic, clinical and R&D partners
Science Park, autonomous accommodation 
Highly networked innovation eco-system

Life Science Service Sector (Clinical)

Proximity to development stage and large company customer base
Access to clinical research KOLs in Academia and NHS
Ex-Pharma talent pool

Development stage primary life science companies

Cluster of potential academic, clinical and R&D partners
Experienced commercial R&D talent pool
Start-up and grown-on space potential

Life Science Service Sector (Technical)

Proximity to customer R&D locations
Entrepreneurial eco-system for early stage and high growth technical companies
Start-up and grow-on space potential For more information on Life Sciences in London, please contact

Figures about Cambridge