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England's Northwest has a strong biotechnology and pharmaceuticals sector with particular research expertise and commercial capability in pharmaceutical production and formulation. Also closely related is the biomanufacturing strength. More than twenty companies operate in this area from development through to market and the region employs more a quarter of the UK's pharmaceutical and chemical sector's workforce. The North West is home to big pharma with several global pharmaceutical companies operating a facility in the region. Speke in Liverpool is home to the largest cluster of biologic manufacturing in Europe.

AstraZeneca (Alderley Park)
Global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has one of its major research bases at Alderley Park employing 4,500 people. Alderley Park has a major focus on new medicines to combat cancer. It also plays an important role in our work in several other areas including cardiovascular, diabetes and obesity and Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, and infection research.

AstraZeneca (Macclesfield)
Macclesfield is the second largest Manufacturing & Supply site in AstraZeneca and the site supplies products for all of AstraZeneca's therapy areas, and currently sources 130 markets worldwide. Macclesfield is also a New Product Launch Site, and is the sole global supplier for one of AstraZeneca's leading cancer products.

Baxter Healthcare
Baxter Liverpool is an FDA/MHRA approved site responsible for the development and manufacture of Icodextrin, an API used in a product to treat end stage renal disease.

Bristol Myers Squibb
Bristol Myers Squibb at Moreton, Wirral is the UK Formulation Centre and a CoE for stability testing.

Carbogen Amcis
Carbogen Amcis, Manchester, offers a range of chemical development services to support all stages of drug development, including process R&D and cGMP material supply.

Eli Lilly
Eli Lilly, Speke is the largest biologics manufacturing plant in the UK, producing a treatment for multi drug resistant TB, human growth hormone and five animal antibiotics under the Elanco Animal Health brand.

GSK, Ulverston, Cumbia manufacture bulk APIs (cephalosporin antibiotics) both steriles and non-steriles, of which almost all is exported.

Intercytex is a leading developer of regenerative medicine products to restore skin and hair, and uses its fully integrated cell technology platform to develop living, human cell-based products.

IS Pharma
IS Pharma is a specialised hospital medicines group operating internationally through a network of distribution partners with a commercial infrastructure in the UK.

Medimmune is the worldwide biologics business for the AstraZeneca Group. UK facilities include vaccine manufacturing operations in Speke and antibody discovery and research laboratories in Cambridge.

National Biomanufacturing Centre
The NBC comprises three cGMP suites, catering for mammalian, microbial and live virus production, three process development suites with dedicated upstream and downstream areas and an extensive analytical laboratory area. Eden Biodesign, now part of Watson Pharmaceuticals, is the commercial operator offers state of the art biotech development services worldwide.

Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics is a division of Novartis, focused on the development of preventative treatments. Novartis Vaccines is the world's fifth-largest vaccines business and the world's second largest manufacturer of flu vaccines with a major manufacturing facility at Speke, Liverpool.

Pharmaserve Northwest is a division of the O'Brien Group (OBG) offering development and manufacturing services that focus on aerosol and spray technologies.

Recipharm is one of Europe's leading pharmaceutical Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisations (CDMO). Recipharm Ashton offers solid dose, sterile biological and pharmaceutical fill/finish, dry powder handling, process development, packaging, stability testing and full analytical testing.

Renovo is a biopharmaceutical product company and is a leader in the discovery and development of drugs to improve the appearance of scars and enhance wound healing at multiple body sites including skin, eyes and nerves.

Sanofi Aventis
Sanofi Aventis specialise in inhalation product development and industrialisation supplying medicinal products to the global market. The site supplies products to over fifty markets worldwide including USA, Europe and Japan. The modern production facility has experience of supplying metered dose aerosols, dry powder inhalers and nasal spray products. The range of platform delivery technologies available may offer opportunities to companies that are seeking collaborations to develop or manufacture their own products and consideration will be made for the potential to supply to third party customers. Enquiries relating to contract manufacturing opportunities can be directed to

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is a global pharmaceutical company specializing in the development, production and marketing of generic and proprietary branded pharmaceuticals as well as active pharmaceutical ingredients. Teva is among the top 20 pharmaceutical companies and is the largest generic pharmaceutical company in the world.