York and its surrounding region is at the leading edge of the global movement towards a knowledge-driven bio-based economy. For businesses looking to utilise cutting-edge industrial biotech research for competitive advantage, York is uniquely placed, with multiple centres of excellence and bespoke commercialisation facilities along with the establishment of an internationally recognised bio-economy cluster – BioVale. The wider region is home to a large and growing cluster of leading companies linked to industrial biotech, providing a foundation of innovation and talent, as well as abundant supply chain and business collaboration opportunities.
New science and technology ventures and business start-ups are growing rapidly with the generous mentoring, marketing and financial support available and access to the specialist facilities at the city’s award winning Science Park and the nearby National Agri-Food Innovation Campus.
As the UK’s founding Science City, with one of the top University bioscience departments in the UK, numerous centres of excellence and a pioneering business sector, York and its wider region is emerging as a key national and European hub for health innovation. Over 130 businesses working in the health science and bioanalytics industries have made their home in York, with a further 200 in the surrounding Yorkshire region.