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Key Sector: Life Sciences

Cheshire and Warrington is home to a thriving life sciences cluster, with start-ups leading the way in the latest innovations and medical discoveries, alongside established world-leading life sciences firms.

Home to AstraZeneca’s 2nd largest manufacturing site worldwide

Alderley Park is UK’s largest single-site life science campus

Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute and Medicines Discovery Catapult based in the sub-region

Network of sector-specific support including venture funds, start-up programme and oncology development programme


Join leading companies

With over 160 life sciences firms in Cheshire and Warrington, employing over 6,000 people, your business will be in good company.

Our life sciences sector has strong strengths in sub-sectors including biotechnology, contract research organisations, drug discovery and woundcare.

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Access world-leading talent

Businesses in Cheshire and Warrington can benefit from an exceptional talent pool. Within Cheshire and Warrington, there are 6000 experienced employees already working in the life sciences sector.

There is also many opportunities for your business to work with new talent with one of the 15 Higher Education Institutions within 30 miles of Cheshire & Warrington. Particularly relevant to the life sciences sector is:

Keele University (School of Life Sciences) Liverpool John Moores University (School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences) Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Manchester Metropolitan University (Department of Life Sciences) Salford University (School of science, engineering and environment) University of Liverpool (School of Life Sciences) University of Manchester (Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health)

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Supportive Ecosystem

 There is a wide range of support available for life science companies based in Cheshire and Warrington, including:

  • Ongoing, personalised business support from Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub

  • Funding options through the Cheshire and Greater Manchester Life Sciences Fund

  • Support for your products to access the NHS through Health Innovation Manchester

  • Alderley Park’s oncology development and accelerator programmes for start-ups


Focus on...Alderley Park


  •  Alderley Park is UK’s largest single-site life science campus

  • Exceptional facilities including open-access laboratories, NMR instrumentation, LCMS instrumentation, latest cell and protein analysis technologies

  • Wet and Dry Lab space available

  • Over 120 life science companies

  • Part of the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone (benefits including business rate discount)


Research and Innovation Strengths

Life sciences is all about research and innovation and businesses in Cheshire and Warrington are ideally situated to take advantage of research and development initiatives including:

Join a thriving sector