Healthcare and Life Sciences

The area is home to a growing number of healthcare and life sciences businesses, and is part of a wider North East cluster that is enjoying significant success. More than £200m has been invested in the past five years to develop world-leading technologies, and the sector’s growth shows no sign of slowing.
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The skills base available to businesses in this field is outstanding. One in four students in the North East study life sciences topics, meaning businesses have ready-access to the talent that can help them grow, and that’s already proven attractive to brands like Procter and Gamble, Aesica and Sterling Pharma, who call North Tyneside home.

Bioscience is well represented in the region with successful companies benefitting from research activities and a strong skills base in functional genomics, bioinformatics, biosensors, proteomics, ageing, oncology, cognitive neuroscience, stem-cell biology and bio remediation.

An important component in the region’s success story is Newcastle’s International Centre for Life. The £55m Centre includes a commercial bio-science centre and the Institute for Human Genetics – part of Newcastle University – which is one of the world’s leading stem cell research centres. The University’s Biopharmaceutical Processing Technology Centre is also undertaking new research into products made using advanced biotechnology.

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