Bio tech and life sciences

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An established specialism in East Kent, with 170 companies operating and a highly-skilled workforce of over 5,000, biotech is also one of the area’s fastest growing sectors.

Home to Pfizer’s R&D headquarters for over 60 years, Sandwich continues to offer world-class facilities at Discovery Park, one of Europe’s leading science and technology parks.

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A government Enterprise Zone, Discovery Park offers its businesses rate relief, super-fast broadband, and simplified planning permission.

Spanning 220 acres, and offering 1.5m square feet of prime commercial space, Discovery Park is fast becoming a global hub for biotech businesses, established and emerging.

The park aims to create 3,000 news jobs by 2017, and is currently home to over 50 businesses, including a number of international corporations, employing 1,300 people.

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