AstraZeneca set to close its Alderley Edge R&D site

AstraZeneca is planning to relocate 1,600 jobs with the closure of its research and development facility in Alderley Edge in Cheshire

Cheshire East Council supports its continued commitment to the UK, in particular their focus on Macclesfield as their major centre for research, manufacturing and packaging.

Cheshire has a long history of excellence in pharmaceuticals, and we want to ensure that as AZ goes through restructuring over the coming years, we build a strong and sustainable future for major R&D centres such as Alderley Park and Hurdsfield in Macclesfield.

The global pharmaceutical sector is in a period of significant transition and the announcements this morning reflect the growing trend away from direct investment research and development to developing new models for the discovery of medicines.

Councillor Michael Jones, Leader Cheshire East Council, said today: “UK Plc should support AstraZeneca through its restructuring and Cheshire East Council will work hard to ensure the future sustainability of their major centres in Alderley Park and Hurdsfield, Macclesfield.

“We will now need to accelerate our emerging plans for a new Bio Science Park and Incubator, as part of drive to foster growth of the Life Science sector in the region and maximise the wider potential of the site for future development.

“I am very pleased to say that George Osborne, Chancellor and local constituency MP for Tatton, has personally fought very hard to retain a strong position for AZ in the UK and I believe without his direct involvement the announcements today would have meant a complete closure of Alderley Park.

“I believe that with the collective efforts of theNorth Westscientific community, life sciences business, Cheshire East Council and Government, that we can build a sustainable and vibrant future for our science sector.

“We have all the ingredients – we just need the backing and initial up-front investment from Government through a Task Force led by the Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts MP and AstraZeneca.

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