Put a face and a story behind a name. We asked Matt to briefly explain his role and his sector in no more than 300 words. So grab a coffee and have a quick read.
Although I’ve been at Liverpool Vision for over 10 years, my current position at Invest Liverpool is much more recent. My role is to help create jobs in the life sciences sector by attracting new businesses to Liverpool, helping local businesses to grow, and by promoting the city as an investment location.
The northwest is one of three major life science clusters in the UK, and Liverpool is one of the central ‘hubs’. The city has a strong research base steeped in history, being home to the world’s first school of tropical medicine, the University of Liverpool (part of the leading Russell Group of universities) and one of the world’s oldest schools of pharmacy at Liverpool John Moore’s University. Innovative new companies are spinning-out of these institutions and developing in centres such as Liverpool Science Park. The city also has the largest cluster of biomanufacturing companies in Europe, with global brands such as Novartis, Astra Zeneca, Actavis Biologics (Allergan) and Eli Lilly located to the south of the city.
Ground breaking new projects are happening in Liverpool. The Liverpool Life Sciences University Technical College, which opened in 2013, is the UK’s first specialist school for 14-19 year olds. More projects are coming, including the new Royal Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool BioInnovation Hub, the Materials Innovation Factory and Sensor City.
I have a very exciting and challenging role. I work closely with the UKTI and Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership to bring overseas companies to the city, as well as meeting local companies to explore new investment projects. I attend events to meet businesses that are looking to expand and grow, and use social media to encourage a buzz around Liverpool’s life science community.
Read more about the Life Science sector in Liverpool here.