Life sciences body helps East Midlands firms notch up healthy jobs tally

Simon Himsworth

Medilink Midlands says it has helped a raft of East Midlands-based life sciences companies secure £77m in investment since 2019, leading to the creation of more than 190 high-calibre jobs.

The industry association engaged with 1700 of the sector’s SMEs and played an instrumental role in 47 university collaborations and 34 traineeships during the same period.

Simon Himsworth, CEO at Medilink Midlands, said the level of job creation the body’s work has facilitated was “significant news” for the region.

“Medilink Midlands is a life science industry association working to help companies in the Midlands’ life sciences sector to establish themselves, develop and achieve long-term growth,” said Himsworth.

“Our mission is to be at the forefront of delivering direct support to the region’s life sciences industry, and working with companies in the sector to help them secure almost £80 million in funding – made-up of £37 million from private investment and £40 million in public funding – since 2019, is clear evidence we are fulfilling this.”

Himsworth also said the association has been helping companies in the sector tackle Brexit-related issues and challenges posed by the drive to achieve net zero.

He added: “Medilink Midlands remains focused on championing the region’s regional life sciences industry.

“We fully support the government’s decision to allocate £1.6bn funding for regional investment as part of the ‘level-up’ process. Hopefully, this will help address the current concentration of Gross R&D expenditure in London, the Southeast and East of England, especially as we approach the deadline for the end of EU structural funding.”