Pushing the boundaries of science in Cambridge
With more than 440 life sciences and healthcare organisations in Cambridge, providing 19,000 jobs locally, being in Cambridge enables the delivery of our science-led strategy. It is where we carry out cutting-edge science and contribute to an environment that drives the convergence of scientific innovation and talent.
Employees based in Cambridge
Collaborations with Cambridge academic institutions
PhDs in Cambridge sponsored by AstraZeneca
We have established over two hundred partnerships across Cambridge with academia, business and leading scientific institutions.
At AstraZeneca we share a common purpose: to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines.
We take an active part in our local community and work in partnership with various local initiatives.
Our site locations
Central Cambridge and da Vinci
Welcoming and vibrant office facilities located at Academy House, City House and Eastbrook House (Central Cambridge) and da Vinci (Melbourn Science Park). These accommodate people from our Oncology and BioPharmaceuticals R&D organisations as well as our Enabling, corporate office-based and Operations colleagues.
Babraham Research Campus
Located on the Babraham Research Campus, the building provides high quality lab facilities for our colleagues working in Drug Safety and Metabolism, personalised healthcare and biomarkers.
We have built on the local legacy of Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT) – acquired by AstraZeneca and integrated with our former biologics R&D unit MedImmune in 2007. Our high quality lab and office facilities accommodate teams from our Oncology and BioPharmaceuticals R&D organisations.
Located on Chesterford Research Park, the building provides high quality lab and office facilities accommodating teams from our Oncology and BioPharmaceuticals R&D organisations.
Located on Cambridge Science Park, the building provides high quality lab and office facilities accommodating teams from our Oncology and BioPharmaceuticals R&D organisations.
Cambridge R&D Centre
Our new R&D facility at the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC) will be an open, welcoming and vibrant centre that will inspire our team and our partners to push the boundaries of scientific innovation. The opening of our R&D Centre in 2021 will enable us to take the next step towards fulfilling our Cambridge vision – to bring our research together under one roof.
STEM Outreach Activities & Partnerships in Cambridge
We want to inspire the next generation of scientists through our STEM outreach programme, and by our student apprenticeship and graduate placement programmes. In Cambridge we are in partnership with many organisations as well as shaping and delivering science activities and programmes to local schools and colleges.
For more details on the UK STEM programme please contact us via email
Over 100 of our employees are STEM volunteers in Cambridge, cultivating and inspiring talent for the future. Our volunteers are involved in some exciting initiatives in the city and the surrounding areas:
- The Cambridge Science Centre, helping 60,000 children and young adults a year discover life sciences.
- The Cambridge Festival, public engagement through outreach activities, talks and sponsorship.
- The Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, through an annual challenge for 14-18-year-olds and joint outreach.
- The Cambridge United Community Trust – Active Science programme – ‘meet a scientist’ sessions in primary schools.
- Enthuse Partnerships – High impact programmes working in partnership with selected schools, combining teacher development with engaging and inspirational activities for students.
- Shaping and delivering science activities and supporting our employees in their local schools meeting the national curriculum and Gatsby benchmarks.
As part of our commitment to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in life sciences, we support a number of initiatives that help biotech entrepreneurs advance their business ideas.
From connecting entrepreneurs with dedicated business mentors, organising guest lectures to offering internships, we have over 60 business mentors in Cambridge. To date around 75 start-ups have benefitted from their experience.
Judge Business School
As part of our relationship with the Cambridge Judge Business School, we support a number of programmes run by the Business School’s Entrepreneurship Centre. This includes Accelerate Cambridge, which is an initiative designed to further engage, train and mentor fledgling life science businesses. Over 60 colleagues from AstraZeneca are now involved in the programme and over 75 start-ups have benefitted so far.
Lucy Cavendish College
Our strategic collaboration with the Lucy Cavendish College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, supports our common goals of advancing women in science and business leadership. We provide one-to-one mentoring to students, supporting their scientific projects as well as career and personal development, and offer work placement opportunities in the life sciences sector, including at our global hub in Cambridge. Lab facilities for our colleagues working in Drug Safety and Metabolism, personalised healthcare and biomarkers.
We support the new bio-incubator and life science accelerator at the Babraham Research Campus in Cambridge by offering new life-science ventures, one-to-one mentoring and entrepreneurial guidance.
Panacea Stars is a life and health sciences accelerator programme by Panacea Innovation that aims to enable bio-entrepreneurs turn their scientific ideas into marketable products. We support the scheme providing business mentors who are coupled with a team for eight weeks to help develop their business plan. The programme culminates in a final pitching competition in Oxford where a winner of the programme will be chosen.
We partner with others around the world, combining the great science in our labs with complementary technologies, know-how and molecules to accelerate the delivery of new life-changing medicines.
Be among our employees who continue to make us an innovation-driven company that stands firmly among the worlds leaders in biopharmaceuticals