The Cambridge-London-Oxford golden triangle is the biggest discovery engine on the planet, London’s Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise Kit Malthouse told an audience of Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire life sciences organisations this week
At an event marking the start of MedCity’s collaboration-building in the Cambridgeshire region, the Deputy Mayor stressed MedCity’s commitment to work in partnership over the long-term to promote and grow the life sciences excellence of England’s greater south east. Introducing the event, he said:
“I believe life sciences are one of the greatest strengths of the greater south east region. We rival any other centre in the world for imaginative and potentially transformative research, and we are ambitious to turn our findings into therapies and technologies that will make a real difference to patients. We have an opportunity to build on this reputation, by building a collective identity and communicating our expertise loudly and clearly so that the region becomes globally renowned as an undisputed world leader not only in research but also in commercialisation.
“The purpose of this meeting is for experts in the Cambridgeshire area to tell us how MedCity should be working with them to achieve that, and I’m grateful for everyone who has joined us to share their knowledge and experience.”
Representatives of a range of organisations, including academic centres, local government, the NHS and business, took part in wide-ranging discussions, covering issues such as the need to promote the region’s offer to an international audience, responding to foreign investment queries, promotion of the volume of research excellence along with the SME base, retention of discoveries in the UK, and access to incubation and grow-on space.
MedCity’s Executive Chair Eliot Forster was also present to set out the organisation’s four key themes – to provide a front door to the region’s life sciences capability, provide a concierge service matching customers with the right life sciences expertise, promote the region’s offer in a way that clearly reflects the market, and foster the entrepreneurial culture and ecosystem needed to deliver societal and economic returns. He said:
“MedCity’s overarching goal is to act as a catalyst – to create a new channel for collaboration and a powerful voice to articulate our region’s great offer globally. In an extremely competitive international market, we are already renowned as a place where world-leading research and development is done.
“By working together we can build on that to become one of the undisputed leading life sciences clusters. I’ve been hugely encouraged by the enthusiasm of the people we have met here today, and my thanks go to everyone who generously gave their time and views.”
The event was hosted by Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP CEO Grahame Nix at Alconbury Enterprise Campus, Cambridgeshire. If you were unable to make the event but want to share your views on how MedCity should work across the region or find out how we can work with your organisation, please contact us.