Life Sciences Opportunity Zone

On the edge of Loughborough, Leicestershire, Charnwood Campus is the UK’s first Life Sciences Opportunity Zone (LSOZ), providing a fully integrated drug discovery and development facility that supports drug development projects from target identification through to late-phase development and registration. Backed by a consortium of academia, industry and Government, and backed with Local Government Funding announced in March 2017, the LSOZ takes advantage of local expertise in, and reputation for, excellence in life sciences research that feeds directly into the Med-Tech and Biopharma industries.


Cross-sector collaboration

Charnwood Campus is one part of an Enterprise Zone (EZ) bid to government in 2016. If successful, this would create a four-strong network of EZ sites across Leicestershire; with different specialisms targeted at regional areas of strengths.

The network of Enterprise Zones across Leicestershire will provide a fantastic opportunity for the cross-fertilisation of ideas and the transfer of knowledge and skills cross sector.

The LSOZ partners will develop a series of peer to peer networking opportunities and create the potential to inspire new ideas, collaborations and business growth.

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“The University has big plans for building on our expertise in life sciences. Charnwood Campus LSOZ provides a perfect opportunity to build closer relationships between research and industry.”
Iain-Gillespie 100.jpgProfessor Iain Gillespie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, University of Leicester