Wiltshire is at the forefront of pharmaceutical research and product development.
There are approximately 200 bio-technology organisations in Wiltshire, including companies such as GW Pharmaceuticals, developer of Sativex and other cannabinoid medicines; Bath ASU, which provides aseptic manufacturing services, and Alliance Pharma, whose principal activities are acquisition/licensing, registration and marketing.
The Health Protection Agency’s (HPA) Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response in Porton Down is a world leader in high quality microbiological research and testing, playing a vital role in preparing and co-ordinating responses to healthcare emergencies. It also undertakes both basic and applied research into understanding infectious diseases and it manufactures and commissions a number of healthcare products, including vaccines and therapeutics.
NHS Innovations South West, based in Salisbury, is one of nine regional Innovations hubs set up to identify, develop and commercialise innovations and intellectual property created by NHS staff.
Tetricus Science Park based at Porton Down offers one of the best equipped tenant laboratory and research facilities in the UK and specialist support to new and growing science companies, including access to a world-class knowledge network that includes some of the nation’s most talented scientists. Current tenants include Clarity BioSolutions, Enigma Diagnostics, Lyosolutions and Q3 Analytical.
Surrounding universities such as the University of Bath, University of Bristol and Bournemouth University offer a world-class range of research institutes contributing to the development of new technologies, machines and systems.