Our Purpose

 

GoBio is working to address key challenges and opportunities for the bioeconomy across the East of England.

 

Challenges

Ageing, polluting, unproductive

 

  • UK farm productivity has plateaued for 20 years
  • More over-65s than average in an ageing world
  • Energy consumption is rising despite greenhouse gas reduction targets

Uneven, unequal success

 

  • Lower than average output, jobs and skill levels outside Cambridge
  • New Anglia a low-scoring region for new products and research collaborations
  • Key indicators of activity in decline

A need to connect the dots

 

  • Only 2 of UEA’s 20 top industrial funders are local
  • World-class knowledge, but little cross-regional capture mechanisms
  • No holistic voice promoting assets beyond Cambridge

Opportunities

Agri, food + health credentials

 

  • The East of England produced more crops in 2015 than anywhere in UK
  • Largest group of top 100 Norfolk + Suffolk companies are in food
  • 5 of the 8 BBSRC strategic institutes are in the East of England

Potential, powered by people

 

  • More than 3,000 researchers and clinicians at Norwich Research Park
  • Cambridge an R&D city of international significance
  • 300,000 people in the wider New Anglia bioeconomy

World-class assets, regional links

 

  • Cutting-edge facilities at University of Suffolk
  • £80m Quadram food & health institute expected in 2018
  • More than 1,000 tech and biotech companies in Cambridge