North East England enjoys a thriving pharmaceutical industry. Around 1,000 life science and healthcare companies employ 38,000 people and generate a combined turnover of £10.5 billion, contributing 33% of the UK’s pharmaceutical GDP.


Two International airports (Newcastle International Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport) and direct national rail and road networks.


+ London: 3 hours by rail
+ Cambridge: 3 hours by rail
+ Edinburgh: 1 hour 10 mins by rail
+ Amsterdam: 1 hour 20 mins by air.

Newcastle, one of the region’s primary city’s, is one of only six locations in the UK to be granted Science City status

Regional industry highlights

Thriving clusters exist in medical technology, biologics, health informatics and assistive technology for ageing and health.

The UK has the world’s largest single healthcare delivery organisation – the NHS. It has an annual spend of around £55 billion on medical services, and more than 80,000 NHS emloyees are based in North East England.

The NHS Innovations Hub identifies technology developed within the NHS and transfers it under licence as new products and services provided by regional companies. A product which is clinically trialled in the NHS and secures a CE mark in the UK can be sold into any EEA market without further regulatory requirements.

North East England is the only centre in the world which has successfully carried out a nuclear transfer procedure in human embryos; and the only centre in the UK which combines scientific expertise in embryonic and somatic stem cells with clinical excellence in transplants, cord blood and marrow research.

Newcastle, one of the region’s primary city’s, is one of only six locations in the UK to be granted Science City status in recognition of its excellence in scientific and medical research and development.

The International Centre for Life (ICFL), based in Newcastle, is the UK’s first biotechnology village. It was home to the £10 million Life Knowledge Park, one of six UK genetics parks, which focuses on degenerative diseases.

Bionow (Previously Centre of Excellence for Life Sciences (Cels Ltd) and Bionow Ltd) provides specialist business support and services to the life sciences indsutry in the area.

Translational research is channelled through the Clinical Trials Unit and the £4.5 million Newcastle Clinical Research Facility that links medical research in the University of Newcastle to the clinical excellence of the regional NHS trust.

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