A new network for Kent

Launch of the BioGateway, a new network for Kent

Network aims to boost profile and encourage collaboration

A new industry champion for the life science sector in Kent has been launched at an event at Discovery Park, Sandwich.  The new group will aim to boost the local profile of the sector and build connections between companies.

The 150 life science companies based in Kent are owned predominantly overseas and so the new network will aim to bring these organisations together through the BioGateway.  The organisation will focus on building collaborative networks and commercial relationships between life science companies, businesses and research institutes in the rest of the UK and mainland Europe.

Dr Mark Traherne, CEO UK Trade & Investment’s Life Science Organisation, formally launched the BioGateway at the event.  He noted that with the changing landscape of life sciences in the UK, networks such as this are important to support growth in the sector.

Locate in Kent has welcomed the new BioGateway initiative.  Their Chairman, Warwick Morris, said that:

“The life sciences industry is one of the most globally mobile in the world.  It relies on a cluster of like-minded companies, skills, lab space and access to market, all things that Kent is now able to offer.  BioGateway will play an important role in helping to attract new life science companies to the county.”

Simon Westbrook, the Acting Chairman for BioGateway and CEO Levicept said:

“Over the last two years, there has been unprecedented growth in the number of companies moving into the region, with Kent becoming one of the fastest growing centres for the life science in the UK with over 150 companies employing more than 6,800 life science professionals working in drug discovery, in vitro diagnostics, medical devices and agribiotech.”

To find out more or join, visit the the BioGateway website.

 

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