Hull is rich with businesses which are committed to developing innovative, globally competitive products.
In a marketplace that never stands still, such innovation would not be possible without the city’s exceptional research and development (R&D) facilities, led by some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies in the city.
As the birthplace of LCD technology, the boiled sweet, Dettol and the Venn diagram, Hull’s innovative spirit has been celebrated for decades.
And that creativity is perhaps demonstrated nowhere more greatly than in the city's market-leading consumer research, which has seen countless inventive ideas become essential household and healthcare products.
Healthy growth and innovation
New state-of-the-art R&D facilities are being developed in the city to create the opportunity for future breakthrough.
World-leading healthcare companies RB (Reckitt Benckiser) and Smith & Nephew, both established in the city, share a rich history of innovation and growth in healthcare. The firms have led a huge wave of investment in R&D in recent years.
One of the world’s largest consumer goods groups, RB will in 2018 open its new £105 million Centre for Scientific Excellence – the largest single investment in the company’s history. It already employs more than 500 people in R&D in Hull.
And Smith & Nephew, the second-largest producer of wound care dressings in the world, invested around £300 million in R&D across its sites in 2017, including a partnership with the University of Hull to create one of the world's largest wound care research clusters. The firm opened its £8 million R&D centre in May 2017 and now employs 200 people in the sector in Hull.
The University of Hull’s Faculty of Health Sciences is carrying out world-leading research into the biggest global health challenges, while The Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is involved in a range of healthcare-related R&D activities, as are many of the city’s SMEs. Indivior and Novartis, two global leaders in pharmaceuticals, have bases in Hull and nearby Grimsby respectively.