Maryland – Midlands Biotech Collaboration Visit

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Nottingham & Birmingham, UK Midlands

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UK providers would like to work with you and develop long-term relationships Join this delegation of buyers and stakeholders from Maryland who are seeking to develop trade links and collaborations with innovative UK providers specialising in the Life Science, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical sectors.

Over the past two years, working in close partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) in the USA, UK delegations have visited BIO and Medtech making strong connections with and reinforcing trade commitments between the two countries.

What can the Midlands offer you?

• 65+ specialist NHS and Academic Clinical and Medical Research Centres

• 117 NHS Clinical Trial Centres

• 75+ Medical Clinical Trials & Testing Organisations (CROs)

• £1.1m of Intellectual Property income is generated per year by eight of the region’s universities.

• £1.1m of all UK research staff work within the Midlands Innovation Universities

• 20% of the national output of Medical Students is accounted for in Midlands Engine Medical schools.

About the Midlands:

The Midlands is at the cutting edge of the UK life sciences sector and home to over 1000 life science companies. It hosts excellent R&D and production facilities, brings academia and business together, and benefits from serving one of Europe’s largest and most diverse patient populations. It is also home to the innovative Medicines Discovery Catapult laboratory – a new facility targeted at developing complex biological assays and advanced biochemical analysis.

The region houses a number of clinical centres of excellence, including the largest Welcome research facility in the UK, a centre for Cancer Research UK and the National Centre for Trauma Research. It also hosts the second largest medical school in the UK at Birmingham University and Nottingham has both the Centre for Biomolecular Science and the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre. More widely, universities across the region provide a strong talent pool of graduates in medicine, biochemistry, and medical engineering.

The Institute of Translational Medicine at the University of Birmingham is a beacon of the collaboration possible in the Midlands. The institute brings together clinical expertise as well as pioneering science and academic excellence both of which serve to speed up the translation of new discoveries into health applications. It sits alongside life sciences campuses in Birmingham, Nottingham and Loughborough which are developing clusters of expertise with companies. The region also has one of Europe’s largest life sciences incubators: BioCity in Nottingham.

About the visit:

This partially funded visit will include a series of high profile activities, culminating in a facilitated ‘Meet the Supplier’ event. This will give you the opportunity to meet a number of UK organisations and academia who are interested in collaborating and working with you to fulfil your requirements.

What is included?

• Three nights’ accommodation in the centre of Nottingham.

• Transportation provided throughout the duration of the programme.

• Support throughout your visit from the Department for International Trade Midlands Engine team and colleagues from our British Embassy in Washington.

• A contribution of up to £500 towards your flight (if your flight is less than £500 we will pay the full cost of your flight).

Register your interest:

Register your interest in joining the delegation today, free and without obligation. For any other enquiries, contact Elizabeth McCargo from the British Embassy Washington at: or call +12025881008

Proposed itinerary

For your convenience, here is a summary of the proposed activities that will be taking place during the visit subject to confirmation:

Monday 5 March
Arrival into UK airport followed by a welcome dinner.

Tuesday 6 March
Tour of BioCity Nottingham: a chance to meet companies and tour the facilities.
Tour of the laboratories at the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC).

Wednesday 7 March
Charnwood Campus, Loughborough: one-to-one meetings with Midlands’ suppliers at an event hosted by Simon Hall, Deputy Director UK Regions – Midlands Engine.

Thursday 8 March
University of Birmingham: visit to the Institute of Translational Medicine, BioHub, BioBank and Medicines Discovery Catapult.
Return to hotel or transport provided to Birmingham Airport.

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