Discovery Park at Sandwich is marking its tenth anniversary and the workforce behind the science park have introduced plans to double the variety of folks employed on website from 3,500 to 7,000.
The science and innovation park marked the milestone by outlining plans for the following ten years, which embrace the creation of a nationwide centre of excellence for neuroscience, alongside life sciences, agritech and renewable power applied sciences.
The 10-year milestone coincided with Discovery Park internet hosting ‘Biotech unplugged: From cell to software program’ which highlighted the transfer in the direction of data-driven healthcare. The main occasion, involving consultants from Google, Huma, Pfizer and SomX, targeted on how the emergence of TechBio is rushing up innovation and collaboration throughout academia and business.
Mayer Schreiber, CEO of Discovery Park, mentioned: “Already dwelling to companies using greater than 3,500 folks, we’re assured that, due to our continued funding within the park together with our new life sciences incubator constructing, we are able to appeal to extra world class companies.
“I’m very excited by our plans for the longer term, working in partnership with tenants, native and nationwide authorities. Within our present constructing footprint, we’ve the house and infrastructure to double the variety of jobs on website throughout the subsequent 10 years.”
Jane Kennedy (Park enterprise officer), CEO Mayer Schreiber and park Chairman Martino Picardo
During the final decade, Discovery Park has turn out to be nationally recognised as a Life Sciences Opportunities Zone, with firms driving progress and creating jobs.
Discovery Park is presently finishing the fit-out of a multi-million pound life sciences incubator. When completed it’s going to provide 50,000 sq ft of laboratory and workplace house for start-ups and early-stage firms, together with biotech, medtech and digital well being companies. The funding by Discovery Park was matched by £2.5m from the Government’s Getting Building Fund.
As effectively as offering entry to specialist amenities and high-quality places of work, tenants will quickly have the ability to profit from the enterprise help supplied by Barclays Eagle Lab, which is able to open later this 12 months.
The plans additionally embrace the growth of Discovery Park Ventures, its enterprise capital fund designed to help the expansion of early-stage firms and disruptive applied sciences, which has introduced its first three investments, with extra anticipated shortly.
Mayer Schreiber added: “As we rejoice our first decade, a giant thank you need to go to Kent County Council, South East Local Enterprise Partnership and district councils who proceed to be very supportive companions. In addition, we’ve been in a position to foster sturdy partnerships with the county’s Further and Higher Education group and nurture the STEM expertise wanted to help our tenants.”
Discovery Park was created in 2012 and is now dwelling to greater than 160 companies, together with anchor tenant Pfizer.
Julian Thompson, Vice President of Global Regulatory Operations and Sandwich Site Head for Pfizer, mentioned: “Pfizer has been working within the UK for 70 years, most of which have been right here at Sandwich. We are extremely happy with the impression our scientists have on sufferers globally, with a excessive proportion of Pfizer small molecule merchandise worldwide passing by the Sandwich website on their growth journey.
“We’re delighted to be celebrating 10 years of Discovery Park, our rising presence and our shared ethos of innovation and group help. We stay up for the longer term collaborations in our effort to set the UK aside as a vacation spot for world funding in life sciences.”
Pfizer’s Research and Development Centre of Excellence is the park’s largest tenant and has continued to put money into its amenities at Discovery Park. It is one in every of Pfizer’s two centres liable for the worldwide design, growth and manufacture of small molecule medicines from the earliest pre-clinical trials by all of the levels of growth.
The Pfizer workforce at Sandwich operates its largest analysis and growth facility in Europe and is dwelling to the one totally automated pilot manufacturing centre.