Medicines Discovery UK Landscape




Established by Innovate UK to build better links between science, creativity and business, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has specialist teams covering all significant sectors of the economy, from health, defence and aerospace to the creative industries, the built environment to biotechnology and robotics. Our expertise in connecting sectors, disciplines and skills with the right collaborations and business approach is what helps unlock the tremendous hidden value in people and companies. In the last five years, KTN has helped thousands of businesses secure funding to drive innovation. And we support them throughout their business cycle to see that investment through to success. Further information can be found on the KTN website.


This tool aims to provide a visual, dynamic representation of the UK Medicines Discovery Landscape. It is intended as a user-friendly interface that presents a simplified view of the UK opportunities. It allows users to access support to drive medicines discovery innovation and is available as a resource to all within and external to the UK. The KTN has assimilated data with a view of discovery, focusing on medicines of all types and therapeutic areas, contract research organisations supporting medicines discovery and the broader supply chain. This provides an understanding of the company landscape in the UK. The data set also includes an analysis of the other capabilities and supporting organisations in the UK including: academic expertise; Catapult Centres; Government bodies; Trade Associations; and Learned Societies. The tool allows the user to see, at top level, a snapshot of this landscape and then explore under different categories and subheadings. It allows users to narrow down searches by type of activity, location and signposting to the relevant website. The KTN referred to publicly available data for the landscape and has performed an in-depth analysis of the medicines discovery landscape.

How to use

How to use the tool

The KTN’s Medicines Discovery Landscape was designed to map the innovation landscape in medicines discovery to showcase the UK capabilities, enable the added leverage from external collaborations from outsourcing to strategic partnerships. In order to help with searching this data, we have categorised assets in a number of ways. On opening the medicines discovery landscape tool, you will see an overview of top-level infrastructure categories, with the numbers, within the bubbles, showing how many assets are held in each category. Clicking on one of the bubbles, the top-level infrastructure categories, will scroll the page to a map of the UK with bubbles, indicating the number of assets in each region.

On the overview page, selecting either the Contract Research Organisations or Medicines Discovery categories will present a number of service offerings or therapeutic area sub-categories respectively. Clicking on one of the sub-category options will scroll the page to a map of the UK with bubbles presenting the number of assets in each region, as with the other top-level categories. Clicking on any bubble on the map view will present the list view for that region. Alternatively scrolling down to the detailed search section, or clicking the button “Detailed Search” at the top of the homepage, allows the selection of all assets, a category or subcategory (if available) and subsequent filtering by typing in, sorting or selection of a specific region on the list view.

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The KTN is the UK’s innovation network. We bring together businesses, entrepreneurs, public sector organisations and funders to develop new products and services by:

  • Driving knowledge transfer between the science base and industry
  • Promoting networking and stimulating innovation key to our industry sectors
  • Partnering: access to a strong network of industry and research partners
  • Funding: help in finding and obtaining the right funding
  • Providing a coherent voice for industry to inform government policy
  • Events: for knowledge transfer and collaboration
  • Information & News: in one place, up-to-date
  • Resources such as the Medicines Discovery, Medicines Manufacturing and Precision Medicine Landscape tools

Further information can be found on the KTN website.


You can contact us at any time at:, with queries about this tool, and suggestions on how this resource could be improved. We welcome your thoughts, including any omissions, corrections, ways of expanding or further filtering and curating the content in the future. Alternatively you can contact us via Alexander Henzing with further questions, help finding a partner, requests for support or arranging a meeting.