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Strategic and Industry Partnerships

Our aim is to help our region become the favoured location for inward life science investment, life science business creation and growth – helping the NHS to accelerate the adoption of clinical innovations bringing significant benefits to patients.

We have set up a website dedicated to our Strategic and Industry Partnerships across the Oxford AHSN region:


The Oxford AHSN region is a leading national and international life sciences cluster. It is home to over 640 life sciences businesses – including healthcare, medical products, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and informatics companies.

The research and clinical assets pooled through the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre provide a deep resource for industry, with the Oxford AHSN strengthening wider regional opportunities. While industry is attracted to centres of strong R&D, this has to be linked to opportunities for early product launches in the home market to ensure competitiveness in a global market.

The Oxford AHSN Strategic and Industry Partnerships strategy focuses on those immediate areas where enhancement and opportunity improvements can impact the region’s attractiveness. These are:

  • improving industry access to the NHS home market
  • building investment opportunities and access to capital across the region
  • cultivating a pool of entrepreneurs and innovators from within the cluster, including industry, academia and the NHS
  • building long-term partnerships with businesses and other organisations to cement a strong regional presence
  • supporting infrastructure development through working with local partners and central government.

The Strategic and Industry Partnerships programme is unique in that it provides an opportunity for the whole innovation pathway – from origination, through concept development and testing, regulatory approval and adoption – to be joined together in a way not done before.

The role of the AHSN is to help bring together the academic, clinical and business communities through innovative partnerships. This means that the regional community – including innovators, academics, experienced entrepreneurs, clinicians, industry, investors and commissioners – has an opportunity to build greater alignment across the innovation and adoption pathway.

We have set up a website dedicated to Strategic and Industry Partnerships across the Oxford AHSN region:

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