Biotech covers a wide range of scientific study into living organisms and can be applied to health, medicine, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and the food industry. The Biotech industry is involved in research and development and work in the laboratory or field but there are many other jobs available in areas such as management, administration, sales, teaching, finance and legal support.

Biotech is a fast growing sector in the UK and is expected to employ increasing numbers of people over the next few years especially in the East of England.

Suffolk has a rising number of high profile Biotechnology companies and this is supported by a state-of-the-art Biotech laboratory at the and also has close links with one of the world’s leading centres for Biotechnology at Cambridge.

Norfolk has its own research park based in Norwich which is a partnership between the UEA (University of East Anglia), the John Innes Centre, The Genome Analysis Centre and the Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital. There are over 40 businesses within the Norwich Research Park.

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Suffolk’s biotech industry employs approximately 3000 people and consists of 36 biotech companies.

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