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Life Sciences

The Life Sciences Group is a global team of professionals whose focus is advising clients in the life sciences industries which includes the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biomedical technologies, life systems technologies, nutraceuticals, environmental and biomedical devices.

Making the correct real estate decisions means being in the right location, at the right cost and at the right time for your staff, your clients and your business. Our Life Sciences Group shares best practice, research and knowledge from the real estate industry to assist in all aspects of a life sciences company’s real estate needs.

Life Sciences’ Real Estate Challenges

In addition to the economic downturn the sector has also faced significant challenges in recent years such as patent expirations of blockbuster drugs , global economic and market shifts, technology changes, increasing pressure from investors for return on equity, a decline in public funding, increasing regulation and outsourcing of former core business functions, all of which have impacted on the industry. More specifically this means that real estate executives will need to develop strategies which address some/all of the following:

  • flexibility in up-scaling and down-scaling commercial operations 
  • attracting and retaining top scientific talent 
  • adapting real estate needs to meet emerging therapeutic fields 
  • migrating to lower cost environments 
  • shedding -surplus liabilities 
  • monetising underutilised assets

So the fundamental real estate challenge for the life sciences company is to ensure the greatest measure of flexibility and adaptability for its expensive, highly specialised, long-term fixed assets.

How can we support real estate executives in developing and implementing these strategies and adding value to their businesses?

The Life Sciences Group offers industry leaders a partner in meeting these challenges. Our professionals have decades of experience covering all sectors of the industry and all asset classes - R&D, manufacturing, distribution, and office. With clients spanning four continents, we help them to leverage the global market and effectively manoeuvre through a dynamic landscape in order to improve margins, maximise productivity, and remain competitive in every sector.

Drawing from this broad experience, our team of consultants and transaction specialists add unique value by helping align real estate portfolios with company business goals. We can help through the following services:

Business consulting

From real estate due diligence for merger and acquisition activity, to location analysis and portfolio optimisation programmes, our focus is helping you improve business performance and operational productivity whilst reducing risk.

Occupier strategy

We help you optimise the value of your property while considering the impact on your firm’s balance sheet, from lease versus buy options analysis, to support strategic decision making to innovative disposition strategies.

Global lease administration

Implementing everything from global lease administration, lease abstraction and database management to help minimize the associated risks of managing your corporate portfolio; we provide you with the detailed business data which you need to properly and intelligently develop your corporate strategy

Transaction management

By implementing the ‘intelligent client’ role in managing transactions, our agents and brokers can advise and facilitate smoother and more cost effective transactions, whether it be a full property search and relocation or simply a lease renewal

Brokerage and research

Our transaction professionals are active in every major market and asset class worldwide, Supported by our worldwide research they provide unrivalled market intelligence uncovering hidden opportunities for clients and delivering local solutions.

Programme and project management

We integrate design, construction and infrastructure expertise into the transaction, informing the site selection process and then managing construction to optimize timing and expense, delivering real estate projects on time, within budget, and to agreed specifications.

Facilities and property management

We deliver the quality of service that top-tier clients expect from their real estate firms and we produce that quality of service within common-sense budgeting guidelines. We think and act like owners/occupiers to maximize asset value by improving operations, attracting and retaining tenants, reducing operating costs, minimising expenses and maximising income.

Valuation and lease advisory

C&W has one of the largest fully integrated real estate valuation and consulting teams in the world. We act as the foremost valuation advisor to corporations, institutional investors, and lenders on critical debt and equity investment decisions.

The Life Sciences Sector Group also maintains partnerships with organisations dedicated to the advancement of the life sciences industry, including leading research-based companies, academic institutions, and government agencies.

Experience and Resources

Our Life Sciences clients benefit from an experienced research team, including a team of expert sector specialists in local markets across Europe, the Middle East, and across the globe and who regularly publish sector specific research papers. We are also strengthened by our international network of 15,000 professionals including researchers, strategists, business modellers, accountants, business consultants and agents in 253 offices across 60 countries.

We have worked with a broad range of clients in the life sciences industry, including GE Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, TEVA Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi, Novartis, Stryker, Quintiles and AstraZeneca.


Neil Gorman

Neil Gorman


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