One Nucleus, the Cambridge based life sciences facilitator, has joined forces with Harlow Council to create the M11 Med Tech Forum. Its events provide a network for like-minded people n the sector and promoting the business benefits of the zone.Harlow is an area steeped in the life science, ICT and engineering industries.
The global restructuring in industries such as pharmaceuticals has seen a shift of the R & D facilities overseas by many multinationals, creating an exciting opportunity for Harlow to complement the expanding life sciences and healthcare clusters of London and Cambridge.
Coordination of the development along the M11 Corridor is required. At a public sector strategic level, there is progressive collaboration around initiatives such as the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium and support from the Government with the creation of the Harlow Enterprise Zone.
The M11 Med Tech Forum will be vital in supporting the council to inform the skills and regeneration strategies that will support the delivery of the Harlow Enterprise Zone, as well as secure long term economic growth and employment for the town and the wider economic area.
One Nucleus, formed by the merger of the UK’s two most significant life science membership groups in 2010, is centric on the Cambridge-London axis, hence the ideal partner for the council in helping to coordinate the development of a life sciences strategy for Harlow and the surrounding area.
Capitalising on the current initiatives and resident talent pool can only be achieved by the creation of a network and forum through which stakeholders can engage, share their knowledge and build relationships that can lead to business creation and growth.
Cllr Tony Durcan, portfolio holder for resources and enterprise at Harlow Council said: “We are pleased to be working with One Nucleus to ensure the life sciences business sector is aware of the opportunities and support available to it in Harlow as we seek to complement the Cambridge and London offers.”
Harriet Fear, CEO of One Nucleus added: “The continuing expansion of the established clusters in Cambridge and London are placing increasing pressure on space and human capital for businesses in the region. Working with key stakeholders to facilitate the future growth and connectivity of the London-Cambridge super cluster is an important element of us bringing practical benefits to our ever growing membership base.”
• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: One Nucleus CEO, Harriet Fear