Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals sector

The Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals sector is of key importance to Cheshire East’s economy, with 30 companies employing 7,000 staff, and an annual GVA of £567 million.

Cheshire East is home to several types of company – long-established companies employing large numbers of people, new start-up businesses spun out from the North West’s world leading Universities in Manchester and Liverpool, who base themselves near incubation and equipment facilities, consultancy firms created mainly by ex-AstraZeneca staff and a number of suppliers and support businesses which have grown up around the larger companies.

Cheshire East is home to AstraZeneca – which has not only one of the largest pharmaceutical Research Development Centres in the world, but the second largest manufacturing plant in Macclesfield.

Cheshire East is still synonymous with innovation and cutting edge development and has some of the industry’s most dynamic and successful companies including: Cyprotex Plc and Waters Corporation.

Useful links

  • Bionow - is a specialist business development and services membership company supporting business growth, competitiveness and innovation within the Biomedical and Life Science sectors in the North West.
  • Cogent - Sector Skills Council for chemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil, gas, nuclear, petroleum and polymers. 
  • University of Liverpool:  Faculty of Health and Life Sciences - one of the UK's leading centres for health and life science research and education.
  • Greater Manchester and Cheshire Life Sciences Fund - a £30m seed and early stage venture capital fund for life science businesses across all stages of development, from initial market research and concept development through to product/services launch and manufacturing.