Sector Hubs


Our region has a number of hubs for research, innovation and business covering key areas of the bioeconomy. Use the map and list below to find out more:

Cefas is a world-leading marine science and technology institute, providing innovative solutions for the aquatic environment, biodiversity and food security.

Earlham Institute brings together a wealth of expertise in biosciences, bioinformatics and high performance computing to understand complex biological systems.

Gipping Valley Food Cluster in mid-Suffolk off the Stowmarket A14 links existing food producers and supply chain businesses.

The Greater Norwich Food Cluster will be a vital economic hub, boosting collaboration, bringing better connectivity to the supply chain and encouraging links with skills and agri-tech research.

South of Cambridge, the Haverhill Research Park in Suffolk is home to influential sectors including bioscience, electronics, advanced materials and clean tech.

Hethel Engineering Centre is an award-winning incubator for advanced manufacturing businesses, including a number in life science and biotech industries and supply chains.

The John Innes Centre is a world-leading centre for research in plant and microbial science, which has spun out a number of exciting plant biotechnology businesses in recent years.

Newmarket is home to a cluster of equine development, including world-leading sites for breeding research and bloodstock science.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust carries out nearly 1 appointments, procedures and admissions annually.

Set in 230 hectares of parkland, Norwich Research Park is a thriving community of over 75 businesses, 3,000 scientists, researchers and clinicians.

OpenPlant is s a £12.5m virtual research and innovation hub, helping researchers to implement open standards and practices for plant synthetic biology with a network of international collaborators.

The Orwell Food Cluster near the River Orwell is anchored around existing operators, including Suffolk Food Hall, East of England Co-operative and Jimmy’s Farm.

Scheduled to open in 2018, Quadram will be at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health, developing innovative solutions to worldwide challenges.

Scottow Enterprise Park is driving enterprise and innovation in North Norfolk by providing space for innovative science and technology-led businesses to grow.

The Sainsbury Laboratory is a world-leading research institute working on the science of plant-microbe interactions.

The University of East Anglia is 10th in the UK for the quality of its research, with biological and environmental sciences both recognised on the international stage.

The University of Suffolk is a transformational university with several significant assets relating to biotech and the bioeconomy, including a Biotechnology Unit created in 2009.