National Horizons Centre

A UK centre of excellence for the bioscience industry

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The NHC offers state-of-the-art analytical and digital infrastructure supporting basic and applied research in the biosciences and across disciplinary boundaries, aligned to academic excellence and industry needs.


The NHC is founded on the principle of industry partnerships, working together with business to accelerate innovation and productivity growth in the biosciences.

Training & education

The NHC's world-class facilities and resources support professional CPD and apprenticeships as well as a range of taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in life and physical science, engineering and forensic science disciplines.

National Horizons Centre

The National Horizons Centre (NHC) is an exciting new £22m research, teaching and training facility sitting at the heart of a cluster of excellence on Darlington's Central Park alongside the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre and the Centre for Professional and Executive Development.

The NHC has been established to address the growth needs of the bio-based industries set to transform the UK economy, including biologics, industrial biotechnology and bio-pharmaceuticals. It will bring industry and academia together, to provide the sector with knowledge, skills, talent and facilities to support its development and growth.

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