SkillsForward 2023

Do you need to upskill your workforce, attract talent, or build connections with local universities? Join our upcoming Skills Conference!

Save the date for our upcoming Skills Conference on Tuesday 31st October 2023.

This will be a rewarding, engaging, professional & skills-focused event for all industry sectors, education and government organisations. The conference will provide an overview of the skills landscape, proposed education forms and employment pathways.

More information including speakers, timings and the agenda to follow shortly.

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BioForward 2023

Discovery Park is attending OBN BioForward 2023!

BioForward is OBN’s ‘Roadmap for Growth’ Life Sciences event, designed to provide the support, skills, know-how and industry connections required to build a commercially successful business.

Now in its fifth year, BioForward is attended by leaders and decision makers of growing R&D companies across all therapy and technological areas, alongside companies who provide services that help support the sustainable growth of emerging companies throughout the life sciences ecosystem.

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Kent & Medway Women’s Health Innovation Summit

Join us for an inspiring and ground-breaking event as we bring together a dynamic group of clinicians, patients, students, academics, innovators and system partners from across the Kent & Medway health and beyond, all dedicated to revolutionising women’s health through innovation, leadership, inclusivity and systemic change. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be part of the conversation and drive positive change! Register now to secure your spot!



Dr. Kate Langford, Chief Medical Officer, NHS Kent & Medway ICB (Chair)

Dr. Maryann Ferreux, Medical Director, Health Innovation KSS (KSS AHSN)

Professor Chris Holland, Founding Dean, KMMS

Dr. Mayur Vibhuti, Chief Clinical Information Officer NHS Kent & Medway ICB

Natasha Walton, Deputy Director Digital Diagnostics and Transformation, NHS England South East


Why Attend?

Empowerment: Gain insights from individuals and organisations who are leading the charge in challenging the status quo and driving systemic change to improve health outcomes for all women in Kent & Medway.

Inclusivity: We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive space where all voices are heard.

Innovation: Understand pressing problems to be solved and explore the latest innovations and technologies that have the potential to change the landscape of women’s health.

Partnership: Create opportunities for partnership and collaboration to enable new solutions for women’s health and a Kent & Medway Innovation Hub.


Who Should Attend?

Healthcare professionals and practitioners, researchers and academics Innovators and entrepreneurs Advocates for women’s health and anyone passionate about driving positive change for women’s wellbeing

Ticket Information:

This event is free to attend, but registration is required due to limited space. Reserve your spot today to be a part of this transformative initiative.


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International Women’s Day Event

Celebrate International Women’s Day 2024 with us, as we champion women’s inclusion and empowerment at Discovery Park. Join an inspiring lineup featuring both innovative women at the early stages of their careers and seasoned professionals who serve as exemplary role models and mentors. We aim to unite our community at Discovery Park and beyond in recognising the importance of women’s contributions.

You’ll hear from a diverse range of career stories, showcasing the power of collaboration, teamwork, and shared success, both personally and professionally. This event isn’t exclusive to CEOs and founders – it’s a platform for everyone to gain insights, explore exciting career journeys, and seek valuable advice. From breaking barriers to fostering innovation, the discussions will touch upon various aspects of business navigation and leadership.

We’re also thrilled to announce the first Discovery Park Inspirational Women Awards, showcasing inspiring women as chosen by the Discovery Park community. The event is not just limited to women; it’s an open invitation for everyone to actively participate in driving positive change, regardless of industry or background.

Mark your calendar and secure your spot by registering today.

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Discovery Park Worth £324M a Year to UK Economy

A report into the economic impact of Kent’s largest community of science and innovation companies suggests Discovery Park is estimated to be worth more than £324 million a year to the UK economy.


The value is thanks to the combined efforts of the 160 companies and 3,100 employees at the Sandwich site. A further 900 contractors were employed at the science park during the last year, and an estimated 1,840 jobs are supported elsewhere, thanks to the activities of the Discovery Park-based companies.


Welcoming the news during a visit to Discovery Park, Cllr Roger Gough, Leader of Kent County Council, said: “The report confirms Discovery Park’s place as one of the county’s most important economic drivers. With some 14,600 STEM undergraduate and postgraduate students at the county’s universities it is important that we do everything to retain these skills in Kent. The commitment to promoting collaboration between the companies on site and the county’s colleges and universities is a model of good practice that we should highlight and encourage others to consider in strengthening Kent’s skills base and improve productivity.”


Of the jobs on site, 57% are involved in life sciences, health and social care, technology, information and communication companies. A further 9% work in manufacturing and engineering, plus 10% in construction, development and facilities management, and 13% in professional services.


Mayer Schreiber, CEO of Discovery Park, said: “The report recognises the work we have done to promote innovation and provide business support for our companies. We have successfully helped open doors to funding opportunities, made high quality laboratory and office space available, and nurtured the STEM skilled workforce of the future.


“Our mission is to become a world-leading science park. Many of the companies based here are driving improvements in healthcare through innovation and collaboration, and we are determined to play our part in creating the right conditions for growth.”


Demand for laboratory and office space remains strong. A £6m investment in a flexible laboratory facility, offering spaces from 250 sq ft to 3,000 sq ft, has proved popular with companies eager to set up and then scale-up, without the need to relocate as they expand.


Funding for start-ups and scale-up businesses remains a challenge for the country’s science community. Since it launched Discovery Park Ventures, the early-stage life sciences fund, it has invested in six high potential businesses. The companies are involved in manufacturing, digital and AI, cell and gene therapies, synthetic biology and neurology, including ophthalmology.


An important element of Discovery Park’s success has been achieved by helping companies grow on site by focusing on skills development. The Skills Hub, a partnership with Canterbury Christ Church UniversityEKC GroupPfizerThe Stem Hub and University of Kent, is helping tenants to offer further training to their workforce, as well as helping them to find new talent and retain existing people to drive their businesses forward.


Discovery Park recently became home to one of the country’s 30 Barclays Eagle Labs offering co-working and incubator communities for start-ups and scale-up companies. Based in Innovation House, it helps entrepreneurs and ambitious businesses innovate and grow, with a focus on collaboration between the life sciences and technology sectors.


The 220-acre science park has also been identified by the Government as a Life Sciences Opportunity Zone, with established links to academia and a thriving scientific community.

Discovery Planet Secures Backing of Discovery Park

A Kent social enterprise that offers popular and practical workshops on science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) to people in East Kent has struck a deal with Discovery Park, the science and innovation park near Sandwich.

Discovery Planet CIC, which is based in Ramsgate and operates across Thanet, partners with scientific institutions and industry professionals to connect young people and their families with the exciting world of science.

The charity has secured the support of Discovery Park in connecting it with businesses on the 220-acre science park, as well as East Kent College and local universities.

Having worked closely with Discovery Park’s management team, Discovery Planet will now work with companies at the science park to design and deliver a series of extracurricular workshops and learning opportunities.

Xanthe Pitt, Director at Discovery Planet, said: “This is fantastic news as it will give greater access to the practical applications of exciting science and how it solves real-world problems.

“It will connect us and the district’s young people with many of the forward-thinking, innovative companies at Discovery Park which have made a commitment to working with the local community.”

As part of the deal, Discovery Park will make its events, marketing, social media and public relations teams available to Discovery Planet to help promote its work.

Jane Kennedy, Chief Business Officer at Discovery Park, said: “By collaborating with Discovery Planet, we reaffirm our commitment to making STEAM learning accessible for all and helping to foster a passion for these subjects from school years right through to working at the science park.

“We have many companies on site that are keen to show how science and technology can improve our world, and also promote the career opportunities that STEAM subjects can open up. By joining up with the team at Discovery Planet we will be able to make that happen quicker for the benefit of the local community. Together we will arrange and promote a programme of events, including one with global power specialist Cummins’ on-site team.”

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