Science and Innovation Audit Success for the East of England

24 November 2016

There was good news for Norwich Research Park in yesterday’s autumn statement, with the announcement that a Science & Innovation Audit is to be conducted in the East of England. A consortium led by industry and academia from across the region has been selected to take part in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) Science & Innovation Audit (SIA).

The SIA will be facilitated by four of the region’s LEPs, led by Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership and covering the geographies of New Anglia LEP, Hertfordshire LEP and the Essex part of South East LEP.

The East of England was chosen as the geographical area for the audit because of the interconnection of key areas of research and technology focus across the region. These interconnections will be explored as a part of the SIA, as will the connections to other parts of the UK and the rest of the world.

The audit will focus on the strongest areas of research and innovation that already exist across the consortium; Life Sciences, Agritech, Advanced Engineering and Materials including advanced manufacturing, ICT including digital/creative technologies and Cleantech.

Norwich Research Park chief executive officer, Dr Sally Ann Forsyth has been appointed as lead for the Food, Health, Microbiome strand of review and sub-lead for the overall Life Sciences sector for the region.

Dr Sally Ann Forsyth said:

“We are delighted to be part of the successful SIA consortium and this will help to highlight our world leading strengths in the Life Science and Agritech sectors. Norwich Research Park is one of Europe’s largest single-site concentrations of research in the emerging multi-billion-pound food, health and life science sectors.

Science and innovation play a vital role in increasing regional productivity and growth. This SIA will produce evidence based reports that can be used for strategic planning which can underpin future investment decisions and will help to expand innovation in the East of England.

This is an exciting opportunity and will strengthen our position as a world class research centre and leading destination for international business."

A short questionnaire has been designed to enable businesses in the East of England in the field of life sciences to contribute to the Audit. It should not take more than five minutes to complete, and we would be grateful for any evidence you are able to provide. This will be aggregated with evidence from other businesses and used as part of the wider evidence base for the Audit.

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