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Greater Cambridge Health Tech Connect UEZ

The University of Cambridge is establishing a new Research England-funded University Enterprise Zone (UEZ), as a part of the wider government initiative which has been announced by Universities Minister Chris Skidmore on the 20th of September 2019. The new UEZ received a start-up investment to operate a bridge between West (Science and Technology) and South (Biomedical) hubs, bringing together a community with stakeholders from within the University, research institutes, industry, investors, government and beyond. It will test and integrate interdisciplinary models of innovation incubation.              


To create a future Greater Cambridge cluster with natural cross-fertilisation of scientists, companies, entrepreneurs, research-exchange, acceleration and incubation activities between innovation hubs.

The UEZ is an opportunity to create positive interventions around the health-tech axis, supporting the ambition of the University of Cambridge to provide the ecosystem with a world-class, well connected research and development that benefits Cambridge, the region and the UK - now and in the years to come. 


The three themes the Greater Cambridge Health Tech Connect will focus on supporting are Medical Technologies, Therapeutics and Digital Health, where the UEZ will provide access to existing and newly-funded facilities, best practice sharing, events and facilitation.


Strategic Partners 

University of Cambridge (UEZ Lead: Prof Andy Neely, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations):

  • Milner Therapeutics Institute*
  • Maxwell Centre*
  • Office for Translational Research*
  • Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences*
  • Cambridge Enterprise
  • Judge Business School
  • Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
  • IdeaSpace

*) jointly tasked with leading the delivery of the UEZ

External Partners in the bid:

  • Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Association of the British Healthcare Industries
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Babraham Research Campus
  • Bradfield Centre
  • Cambridge Innovation Capital
  • Cambridge Network
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority
  • Cambridge University Health Partners
  • Cartezia
  • Eastern Academic Health Science Network
  • Cytiva
  • One Nucleus
  • Start Codon


Progress of the UEZ will be regularly updated online. Enquiries and expressions of interest to get involved with the University Enterprise Zone can be directed to the core team on: