Life Sciences and Healthcare

Why the UK for Life Sciences and Healthcare?

An Innovation Hub

The UK is a prime location to identify medical technology innovation and to research, develop and evaluate products and services in the world-renowned NHS.

Significant investment in Health R&D

The UK government provides significant funding for health R&D, spending £2.7 billion in 2019. This accounts for more than 20% of the UK’s R&D expenditure (source:

A thriving Life Sciences ecosystem

Cambridge is home to 430 life sciences companies, including Horizon Discovery, Abcam, and AstraZeneca’s HQ which houses the new £1bn ‘Discovery Centre’ with advanced robotics, screening and AI-driven technologies.

Presence of global players

The top 25 global biopharmaceutical and top 30 global med-tech organisations operate in the UK.

Pivotal role in clinical trials and innovative treatments

12% of global cell and gene therapy clinical trials are in the UK, including world leading Covid RECOVERY trialsopens in a new tab.

Powerful National Health Service (NHS) data

The NHS has one of the richest sets of health data in the world.

High quality, high tech companies

Oxford Nanopore Technologiesopens in a new tab

Barinthus Biotherapeuticsopens in a new tab/AZ vaccine

CMR Surgicalopens in a new tab

NHS - Innovation Service

The NHS offers a free, online platform to provide innovators with the resources, tools and support they need to increase the chances of getting their product or idea adopted by the NHS.

Companies signed up with the NHS Innovation Service are provided with links to supporting organisations across the UK MedTech landscape. These organisations provide advice and support for healthcare innovations at all stages of development. Whether your product is digital, physical, education and training, PPE or AI, you'll be matched up with a support organisation that can help.

Companies can create an account and submit their innovations for a needs assessment for free.

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