East of England Science and Innovation Audit engineer

The recent East of England Science and Innovation Audit (SIA) makes clear the value to be unlocked through investment in this region with its leading universities and many research organisations. The audit will provide a basis for improving economic performance, identifying opportunities for wider collaboration and investment, as well as catalysing new types of innovation activity.  The report includes a broad-ranging analysis of the region’s capabilities, the challenges and the substantial opportunities for future economic growth.

The East of England SIA was developed by local partners and conducted across the public sector, academia and industry in Cambridge & Peterborough, Essex, Herts, Norfolk & Suffolk. The SIA focused on four themes:

  • Life Sciences
  • Agri-Tech
  • Advanced material and manufacturing
  • ICT

The full East of England Science and Innovation Audit can be downloaded here.

Benefits of the life sciences and healthcare technologies sector in the East of England and Essex region

East of England Science and Innovation Audit builders

The East of England is a global leader in areas of pharmaceuticals, medical biotechnology and drug delivery and is already an attractor for companies working within the life sciences and healthcare technologies sector. Essex is located at the heart of the London-Stansted-Cambridge innovation corridor, positioning businesses within Europe’s largest life sciences and healthcare technologies cluster.

Essex’s state-of-the-art research and business parks offer fast connections to both Cambridge and London via the M11 motorway. These strategic business locations provide life sciences and healthcare companies with direct access to world-class people, knowledge, funding and collaborative networks, at significantly lower cost than either Cambridge or London can offer.

Essex’s life sciences and healthcare cluster comprises around 300 companies (according to Experian) specialising in the following areas . . .

  • Research, development and manufacture of medical devices
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical products and preparations
  • Natural science and engineering research

About the Science and Innovation Audits

East of England Science and Innovation Audit doctors

The Science and Innovation Audits (SIA) are surveys of cutting edge innovation taking place in industry and the public sector to catalyse a new approach to regional economic development.

The purposes of the SIA include

  • Informing Central Government of regional strengths and areas of competitive advantage
  • Advising forthcoming science and innovation strategy
  • Generating data to aid future regional investment proposals and foreign direct investment (FDI)

The recent East of England Science and Innovation Audit (SIA) report displays the results of a survey of cutting edge innovation taking place in industry and the public sector to catalyse a new approach to regional economic development.

The full East of England Science and Innovation Audit can be downloaded here.