World-Leading Life Science and Health Technology Research: All Accessible from Essex

Essex UK Health Technology Cluster

Essex-based life science and health technology companies can access world-class universities and leading-edge research…

Rapid advances in life science and health technologies are being driven by partnerships between industry and universities, as novel research is applied to solving real life problems. And businesses located in Essex – between Cambridge and London – are ideally positioned to access world-leading university research.

According to the latest university ranking, the cities of Cambridge and London together boast 3 of the world’s top-10 universities (based on overall rankings) and 3 of Europe’s top 6 institutions for life sciences and medicine. [1]

University Rankings [1] University of Cambridge Imperial College London University College London
Overall World Ranking 3 (joint) 8 7
Life Sciences & Medicine (European Ranking) 1 2 6

Prestigious Research Institutes and Innovation Centres…

Biochemistry at University of EssexEssex’s location within the UK’s life sciences ‘golden triangle’ (London-Oxford-Cambridge) also provides businesses with easy access to world-renowned collaborative Research Institutes and Innovation Centres. These include the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute [2], which is pushing the boundaries of genomic research, The Francis Crick Institute [3], Europe’s largest centre for biological research, and the new, highly innovative £55 million Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst [4], which enables biotech, pharma and medtech businesses to draw upon world-leading expertise, networks, academic support and scientific facilities.

Cambridge, London, and nearby Oxford also host 5 of the UK’s 6 Academic Health Science Centres [5] - joint NHS-University ventures supporting the translation of academic research into healthcare solutions.

And Healthcare and ICT expertise within Essex’s own universities…

University of EssexRanked amongst the top 2% of world universities [6], the University of Essex specialises in technologies for the management and transfer of big data, and translational research in the fields of biomedical and health sciences.  Also in Essex, Anglia Ruskin University’s IT Research Institute specialises in medical informatics, imaging, ‘big data’ and the Internet of Things [7].  Anglia Ruskin places great importance on MedTech collaborations and is working with partners to create three MedTech campuses across the county [8].

Providing a thriving culture of research translation and collaboration…

HealthTech slideGiven this easy access to world-leading research, and the significance of the wider South East England life sciences cluster, [9] it should come as no surprise that Essex is proving an attractive location for established life sciences businesses, as well as spin off companies from both Cambridge and London Universities.

Find out more

Contact INVEST Essex to find out more about the Essex UK Health Technology Cluster.


[1] QS World University Rankings, 2015/16
[6] THE World University Rankings

Dave Russell-Graham
Dave Russell-Graham

Inward Investment Manager (Life Sciences)

+44 (0) 7881 310776


With over 30 years’ experience in the life sciences and healthcare sector Dave has an extensive range of contacts in the industry as well as experience in pharmaceutical development through to facility refurbishment and fit out. Dave’s work has predominantly been with major pharmaceutical companies, and in 2011 he was a key player in the deal between Pfizer and Mylan for Pfizer’s respiratory technology platform. More recently he has worked as the Scientific Development Advisor for Harlow Science Park.