UK Life Science Opportunity Zones announced

Image of a rocket orbiting the Earth to show UK Life Science Opportunity Zones announced

The Office for Life Sciences has announced six new locations that have been awarded the prestigious status of Life Science Opportunity Zone (LSOZ), helping raise their profile at a national and international level. These Life Science Opportunity Zones will be able to attract investment from national and international businesses linking research and business expertise.

These zones highlight opportunities such as vacant lab space, land to build new facilities, or links with higher education. Their special designation will help them attract investment and deliver jobs, drive economic growth and deliver improved health based on the UK’s expertise in life sciences.

The new Life Science Opportunity Zones are:

  • Stevenage Advanced Therapies Campus, Hertfordshire
  • Birmingham Life Sciences Park, West Midlands
  • Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire
  • Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridgeshire
  • Porton Science Park, Wiltshire
  • Discovery Park, Sandwich, Kent.

Experts working in the six new Life Science Opportunity Zones will have government support to promote their life sciences parks, through government officials working with the zones to attract investment from national and international businesses.

Researchers in the industry have already made huge advances in areas including early diagnosis, genomics, data, digital pathology and radiology, clinical research and manufacturing. These new zones will play a vital role in driving progress, economic growth and jobs and further supporting improving health outcomes.

The Government also announced a new £10m scheme will give leading researchers and businesses, based in the UK, the chance to work together to develop treatments and cures for those facing life-threatening conditions like cancer and dementia.