AstraZeneca in Cambridge

  • UK

Where science thrives

Cambridge is one of the most exciting bioscience hotspots in the world. It is home to one of AstraZeneca’s three strategic, global R&D Centres, alongside Gothenburg and Gaithersburg, and plays a central role in our mission to deliver life-changing medicines to patients.

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.                                                                                         

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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.

STEM Ambassadors

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.

Learn more about STEM in the UK.


Business Mentoring

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.