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Life sciences firm reveals 25-job ambitions after Newcastle move

A life sciences sector consultancy firm has announced plans to create at least 25 jobs.

RBW Consulting is expanding into The Catalyst [pictured above, left], on Newcastle’s Helix development.

Bosses say the office will create an initial ten posts, which could rise to 25 and beyond as the firm grows.

The base builds on existing hubs in Sussex, and comes less than six months after the company opened a third US base.

Richard Warren, co-founder and chief executive, said: “This is an exciting time for the life sciences sector, witnessing accelerated growth and unprecedented levels of innovation.

“Extending our current operations to become part of the thriving global centre for life sciences in Newcastle was a great opportunity, and we look forward to playing an active role in this impressive ecosystem.”

The Newcastle University graduate added: “The North East has a highly skilled talent pool, which we are excited to tap into, offering the opportunity to work internationally in the most exciting sectors.

“We are incredibly proud of the work we do in helping life sciences companies deliver life-enhancing work and we want to continue to grow the team with individuals whose values and purpose match our own.”

Reacting to the news, Jen Hartley, director of inward investment at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said RBW will be a “major asset” for the area’s healthcare sector.

She said: “With close access to our world-class university talent pool and life sciences community in The Biosphere (at the Helix), I look forward to seeing RBW grow and thrive in our innovation quarter.”

Councillor Joyce McCarty, Newcastle City Council’s cabinet member for inclusive economy, added: “RBW is a brilliant addition to the ecosystem, supporting businesses to grow and thrive and creating jobs for local people as we recover from the pandemic.”

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