A leading, sustainable ecosystem to start, nurture, scale and grow a bioscience business

Vision & Mission

Our vision is for the Babraham Research Campus to be one of the best places in the world for discovery bioscience research and innovation and a leading sustainable ecosystem to start, nurture, scale and grow bioscience business, capturing new opportunities.

Our mission is to deliver a growing and vibrant Campus. A Campus that enables world leading bioscience research and business to come together in a unique combination, with a focus that accelerates scientific discovery and helps to build and scale businesses. Delivering a highly connected, sustainable and dynamic ecosystem, that creates new discoveries, therapeutics, jobs and growth to support the UK economy.

Vision & Mission

Our vision is for the Babraham Research Campus to be one of the best places in the world for discovery bioscience research and innovation and a leading sustainable ecosystem to start, nurture, scale and grow bioscience business, capturing new opportunities.

Our mission is to deliver a growing and vibrant Campus. A Campus that enables world leading bioscience research and business to come together in a unique combination, with a focus that accelerates scientific discovery and helps to build and scale businesses. Delivering a highly connected, sustainable and dynamic ecosystem, that creates new discoveries, therapeutics, jobs and growth to support the UK economy.

Over 60 Organisations on site

Campus Impact Report

Our aim is to create an environment where companies can focus on developing their science and building their business in a supportive and highly networked community, helping to create new medicines, jobs and growth, and maximising the impact of UK science. Public investment has played a critical role in enabling the Babraham Research Campus to realise this aim. Today we have over 60 commercial life science organisations on site and a community of over 2,000 people. In 2019, the Campus partners (Babraham Research Campus Ltd, Babraham Institute and BBSRC) commissioned a report to evidence the impact the Campus has had on science, the economy and society. 

The Babraham Research Campus caters to a segment of life science companies that is typically under-served UK wide; namely those in the early stage of incubation and with ambition to scale to an Initial Public Offering (IPO). The uncertain viability and therefore higher risk profile of these companies makes them far less attractive as tenants to more commercially orientated science parks. Furthermore, the standard commercial science park offering of shell and core buildings on long leases, are also unfavourable and unappealing to the companies and investors themselves.

This report provides evidence of the critical role public investment has played in enabling the Babraham Research Campus to overcome this clear market failure, to offer a stable and supported community within which these organisations are able to flourish. This, in turn, has led to faster growth in the life science sector in Cambridge.

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Adaptable Spaces

We are committed to developing adaptable spaces, led by our experts in lab/office building design, to support all stages of life science venture – from our flexible, co-working bench space - LiveLabs - to nurture and accelerate an idea - to fully fitted, high-tech lab and office space for scale-ups. The Campus provides over 350,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art facilities to meet the demands of life science start-ups and more established businesses which are developing technologies or products of relevance to human healthcare and the pharmaceutical sector.

We have multi-occupancy buildings, ideal for start-ups, which are designed to support the early stage needs of new life-science ventures by providing easy-access laboratory and office space – suitable for both chemistry and molecular biology - in units from approximately 600 sq ft on short-term flexible leases.

We have R&D buildings on Campus ranging from 8,000 sq ft to 50,000 sq ft, consisting of bespoke R&D laboratory and office space, which can be tailored to suit both chemistry and molecular biology set ups, while also providing the key collaborative spaces and facilities required for companies wishing to provide their growing workforces with the high quality experience they need to thrive.

Flexible spaces, developed by specialists THRIVE Space to

Availability

Babraham Research Campus is a growing and vibrant destination that enables world leading bioscience research and business to come together. Seize the opportunity to join this leading, sustainable ecosystem community and benefit from our exceptional campus infrastructure and wider network. Start, nurture, scale and grow your bioscience business with us. To view the latest property availability on site click below...

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Flexible, co-working lab space for early-stage life science companies

Looking for hot-benching space for a few key experiments or to accommodate a growing team? LiveLabs provides fully serviced and equipped labs, ideal for molecular biology and cell culture work and write-up space on short-term memberships (as little as 3 months initial term). What's more you'll get all the support you need to help supercharge your discovery.

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Access to leading global research World-leading RESEARCH INSTITUTE

The world-leading Babraham Institute

We provide a dynamic environment, with the Babraham Institute at its core, where discovery research and business come together with a shared scientific focus that accelerates innovation and strengthens links between academia and the commercial world.

The Babraham Institute undertakes world-class life sciences research to generate new knowledge of biological mechanisms underpinning ageing, development and the maintenance of health. This research focuses on cellular signalling, immunology and epigenetic regulation and their impact at different stages of life. By determining how the body reacts to dietary and environmental stimuli and manages microbial and viral interactions, the Babraham Institute aim to improve wellbeing and support healthier ageing.

The current success of the Campus is underpinned by a shared focus in the science and innovation themes undertaken by the companies and academic researchers on site. The Campus research community is delivering research and innovation with a focus on key questions in biology that resonate with the Campus’ commercial community, with global investors, and society more widely.

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Access to Shared Services and Support

We provide a wide range of scientific and operational services including equipment and facilities hire, technology help and scientific expertise on a pay as you go basis, as and when required by our Campus companies to help them grow and further develop their science in the most efficient and cost-effective way.

The Babraham Institute maintains nine cutting-edge science facilities that are accessible to Campus companies – from Flow Cytometry and Gene Targeting to Mass Spectrometry and NGS Sequencing. Access to these facilities includes expert advice, support with experimental design, data analysis and trouble-shooting.

From maintenance and meeting rooms to IT and security, there is also a comprehensive range of services, provided by our expert Campus team to help Campus companies run smoothly, creating an environment within which they can flourish.

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SUPPORT Shared Services & Specialist equipment and scientists

Flow Cytometry

Flow Cytometry through the Babraham Institute offers high quality, world class instrumentation to help meet your research goals. Within the facility there are self-use analysers and cell sorters that are run as a service.

Bioinformatics

Babraham Institute offers a team of experienced bioinformaticians and statisticians all with a biological background. They provide advice and assistance on using computational methods to extract biological information.

NGS Sequencing

The NGS facility is equipped with an Illumina NextSeq, MiSeq and a HiSeq. Having a selection of sequencers allows researchers to select the read length and sequencing depth best suited for their projects.

Central Facilities

The Cambridge building, at the heart of the Campus, was specifically designed to enable collaboration and facilitate connection. The restaurant and café seat over 200 people, and offers a high-quality full breakfast and lunch service through our catering partner BaxterStorey; and is an ideal space to meet, grab a coffee, or a bite to eat and share ideas. The first floor of the Cambridge Building holds our two state-of-the-art meeting rooms and The Petersfield Lecture Theatre, which can hold just over 200 people. Many internal lectures and external events are held here throughout the year, from investor conferences and networking functions to lunch and learn seminars.

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ON TAP Knowledge & Expertise A passionate, collaborative community

Campus Network

The Campus is recognised as an exciting and vibrant place to carry out world leading discovery research and start and grow bioscience companies. Exceptionally talented people are attracted to work in the organisations that comprise the Campus community and network. The Campus’ Accelerate@Babraham bioincubator programme and our involvement with Start Codon also help to support talent in the transition from research into business and encourage innovation. Furthermore, the dynamic and highly connected ecosystem on the Campus creates a low risk environment in which people can share knowledge and skills, develop, and take risks. This contributes to an enterprising, inclusive, and collaborative Campus culture that supports people and their development.

Expert support & advice Over 20 years in life science

Scale-up Profile

Dr Olivia Cavlan, MD Head of Business and Operations, Alchemab

“Business operations and also some of the strategic elements around fundraising is really what I enjoy. How to bring together the external environment and tell the story of what you are doing in compelling way so that it achieves what you need it to – is quite a difficult task! And I think that some of the experience required to do it well is quite hard to come by- so I’d be delighted to talk to and help people shape how they can start thinking about this.”

Olivia has enjoyed a varied career in life sciences spanning the past 20 years. She qualified as a medical doctor before switching into life sciences with GSK. From there, she spent ten years at McKinsey in various roles working with big pharma companies on many different topics - from drug and target discovery through to clinical operations and commercial activities. Then, as a partner at Quantum Black she focused on analytics and advanced analytics in pharmaceuticals, before moving into venture capital - spending a couple of years with SV Health Investors helping investors analyse deals and build companies. Olivia is really motivated by the scientific capabilities and tools that we have today combined with the data and analytics. She is excited by being part of the next generation of drug discovery with Alchemab and being at the cutting edge of the next innovation for patients that is going to be transformative. 

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Start-up Profile

Jolyon Martin, Head of Business Development, PetMedix

Having previously worked with Simprints and Horizon Discovery prior to his founding position at PetMedix, Jolyon offers the following advice to fellow entrepreneurs: “Always keep in mind why you are doing what you are doing. There are always challenging times when starting a new company, but if you keep focused on the 'why' it can get you through and also help prevent drift. Secondly, ask for advice! You’d be surprised how happy people are to give valuable advice if you ask with genuine interest.”

Working at the interface between the technical and commercial worlds, with people looking to realise a common goal and build something special, is what drives Jolyon. He believes in the ability of scientific and technical research to bring about significant impact and change, and greatly enjoys seeing that through to fruition.

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Working to create impact and change

Investment Opportunities

Babraham Research Campus works hard to facilitate and develop investor engagement, through specific events such as the Babraham Investor Conference, as well as forging strong and long-lasting links with other networks like Cambridge Enterprise, Innovate UK and One Nucleus. These activities along with the strength of the Campus network attract high quality investment into the companies on Campus (over £1.2bn to date) and into the Campus itself. Evidence shows that being located on Campus accelerates the rate at which, and amount of investment, that companies located here are able to raise.

Investment Successes

With over 60 commercial science organisations on site, the Campus is an exciting, dynamic and collaborative ecosystem of talented people dedicated to making a difference to the health of the population. Part of that work involves raising investment to sustain these ground-breaking activities. Find out more about some of the latest successes below.

Alchemab raises £60 million in Series A financing

Alchemab raises £60 million in Series A financing

Alchemab Therapeutics, which is developing novel products for patients with hard-to-treat diseases by harnessing the power of naturally protective antibodies, raises £60 million in Series A financing to advance its novel platform for identifying disease-modifying antibody therapeutics.

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Transine Therapeutics’ £9.1m will drive forward RNA therapeutics

Transine Therapeutics’ £9.1m will drive forward RNA therapeutics

Transine Therapeutics emerges from stealth to advance its novel cla...

Transine Therapeutics emerges from stealth to advance its novel class of therapeutic RNAs having closed a £9.1 million seed round co-led by Takeda Ventures, Inc and the Demential Discovery Fund.

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BioMed@Babraham - Property Tour

BioMed@Babraham - Property Tour

A world leader in providing real estate solutions to the life scien...

A world leader in providing real estate solutions to the life science and technology communities, Biomed partnered with us in 2017 to develop the next generation of scale-up space on Campus.

All 100,000 sq ft of the mixed lab and office space was leased prior to completion of the tw buildings, which bit.bio, Inivata, Mission Therapeutics, Petmedix and RxCelerate now call home. Enjoy a tour of the building here.

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Expert team

Executive Team

The experienced Executive Team at the Babraham Research Campus are at the heart of the Babraham Ecosystem.  They ensure that the ongoing development and management of the Campus provides the appropriate space, connectivity and opportunities for the Babraham Institute, commercial Campus companies and, research-led technology platforms and services to co-locate successfully. 

The combined expertise and skill of the team enables the Babraham Research Campus to offer a unique combination of capability across research, science-led facilities, and business support (including entrepreneurship and attracting high quality investment). These capabilities enable world leading discovery bioscience research, generate new knowledge and concepts, support translation and company creation and help to accelerate company growth and scale-up.

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The Board

The Board of Babraham Research Campus includes representation from our shareholders, BBSRC and the Babraham Institute, as well as leading life science entrepreneurs and international pharmaceutical organisations based within the Cambridge cluster. 

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Operational Team

Our dedicated Babraham Research Campus teams support every aspect of life on Campus, from the management of the grounds themselves to maintenance of all the buildings on the Campus. In addition, the Security Team manage our 24-hour security provision and act as the first point of contact for all visitors and our Helpdesk staff are available to offer occupiers support and advice when required.