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AstraZeneca and MedImmune in the North West

North West England is an important hub for AstraZeneca and MedImmune – a centre of innovation, world-class science and high-tech manufacturing. It’s a region where creative, talented and committed people can make their mark in a diverse and vibrant environment.

As well as being home to Pharmaceutical Sciences and our largest Pharmaceutical Technology and Development (PTD) team, North West England is where you’ll find specialist manufacturing and chemical development teams and our flu vaccination unit. Our global quality, supply chain and external sourcing teams are also based in the area. 

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North West England is a natural habitat for a world-class biopharmaceutical company such as AstraZeneca. As well as being a base for more than 400 life science companies the region has links to great universities, the Academic Health Science Centre, and both the largest cancer centre and the largest clinical campus in Europe. With a combination of vibrant cities and beautiful countryside, it’s also a great place to live and work. With the picturesque Peak District, Pennines and Lake District, as well as the bustling cities of Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds on your doorstep, you’ll find some of the best housing, shopping, sport, leisure and cultural activities in the UK.

Macclesfield, Cheshire

Our 101-acre campus at Macclesfield in the heart of the Cheshire countryside is a hub for innovative science and technology. It’s focused on the design and development of innovative products and manufacturing processes that enable progression of clinical studies and, ultimately, the delivery of commercial manufacturing processes and products that impact the lives of millions of patients.

The campus is home to Pharmaceutical Sciences and our largest Pharmaceutical Technology and Development (PTD) team, and is the only AstraZeneca site with chemical development capabilities. R&D activities here span the whole of AstraZeneca’s development and commercial portfolio, creating pioneering ways to bring life-changing medicines to patients.

Macclesfield is also our biggest pharmaceutical manufacturing site in the UK, producing more than 50 different medicines for the global market, and is the base for our second largest global IT hub. This makes it a unique environment, where development scientists, technology specialists and manufacturing work closely together, supported by teams in quality assurance, procurement, logistics, legal, HR and finance.

The Macclesfield site also houses our global quality, supply chain and strategy, and external sourcing teams.

Speke, Liverpool

Our biologics site at Speke, Liverpool is a unique place that brings together research scientists, manufacturing associates, engineers, quality professionals and support personnel. Flu is a killer – and we work as one relatively small team to deliver a vaccine that tackles each year’s particular flu strain or mutation.

Over the last few years, around £75m has been invested to bring all aspects of vaccine strain development and manufacture together in Liverpool and increase production. We now have the facilities to research, develop, produce and distribute up to 20m vaccine doses a year for the global market. In the UK, our bulk-manufacturing capabilities enable us to supply the nasal spray influenza vaccine Fluenz as an important part of the Government’s extended childhood flu vaccination programme.

Alderley Park, Cheshire

Over 60 years, our teams at Alderley Park developed more than 25 new medicines to treat serious illnesses. Their innovations have helped fight breast, prostate and lung cancer, aid anaesthesia, combat bacterial infections, and reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol.

We remain a tenant at Alderley Park, as the state-of-the-art labs and research facilities which sparked so many medical breakthroughs develop into a major biohub and springboard for a raft of companies. Many of these are exciting new ventures that will spearhead the future of medicine and scientific discovery; others are CROs, service companies or mature pharmaceutical companies.

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Opportunities in the North West

Our Macclesfield campus is a place where innovative science meets world-class manufacturing and ground-breaking drug delivery. This unique environment offers a variety of exciting science career opportunities that touch our whole business. Join Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Technology & Development (PTD), or take your place in one of our manufacturing teams – you’ll help to transform patients’ lives. Alternatively, you could be part of one of the vital teams that support our scientific innovations and our ability to develop ground-breaking drugs.

Our biologics site at Speke, Liverpool brings together research scientists, manufacturing associates, engineers, quality professionals and support personnel to deliver a vaccine that tackles each year’s particular flu strain or mutation. Over the last few years, around £75m has been invested here to bring all aspects of vaccine strain development and manufacturing together in Liverpool and increase production.

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Working here

At AstraZeneca, we take great pride in ensuring that our people reach their full potential so they can help us solve some of the greatest medical challenges facing humanity and make real changes to patients’ lives. In North West England, we offer a wealth of challenging opportunities for personal growth and professional development – wherever you work, whatever you do.

We invest a lot in our people and they give a lot to their communities. Over the years, many employees have volunteered to spend a day helping a community group, painting hospital wards, gardening at care homes and building school facilities. In addition, we have a thriving team of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) ambassadors working with over 6,000 local children.

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