Life Sciences

Life Sciences

As the city that discovered Ibuprofen and the MRI scanner, you could say medical innovation is in our DNA.

  • A hotbed of high-growth life science businesses
  • Home to BioCity, one of Europe’s largest bioscience business incubator facilities
  • A UK centre of excellence in drug discovery, cancer research, medical device and, biomedical imaging

Nottingham has a history of breakthrough discoveries and continues to be a focus for new scientific thought. It is this heritage that has created one of the fastest growing Life Science clusters in the UK. In an era where big pharma companies are increasingly looking to outsource discovery and development work, it makes us a target location for this industry and its supply chain.

The city employs over 38,000 people across 14,000 Life Science and Healthcare related companies, for example, Nottingham and the East Midlands has the second highest cluster of MedTech companies in the UK with over 400 companies based here.

Our two universities also produces a continuous stream of spin-out life science businesses that are breaking new ground in areas from drug delivery systems to biomedical diagnostic tools.

Nottingham's £25m Centre for Biomolecular Sciences brings together the expertise of over 300 world-leading scientists in drug discovery, cancer research, stem-cell science, bacteriology and regenerative medicine.

The universities in Nottingham also provide a first-class talent pool for businesses locating here with over 4500 students in subjects allied to Life Sciences in areas including Pharmacy, biomedical imaging, bioinformatics and clinical translational research.

We’re also home to BioCity, one of Europe’s largest life science business incubators. It houses over 200 businesses employing more than 600 people in cutting-edge industries of advanced biopharma and medical technologies.

It is this rich heritage and new opportunities for growth that has made Nottingham home for companies such as Boots UK, Reckitt Benckiser, Parexel, Fresenius Medical Care, Merck and Molecular Profiles.


James Mann
Business Expansion Specialist

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+44 (0) 7985 114 156

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