In 2017, we launched an exciting partnership with Biomed Realty. BioMed Realty, a Blackstone portfolio company, is the largest provider of real estate solutions to the life science and technology industries. It entered the Cambridge, UK market with the acquisition of Granta Park in 2012 and our Campus partnership brings its total presence here to 860,000 square feet. The organisation currently owns and operates 11.3M sq ft of high quality life science space in the leading innovation markets both here and throughout the US, including Boston/Cambridge, San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle. Our collaboration has resulted in 100,000 sq ft of newly constructed, fully fitted, flexible lab and office space across two buildings – ideal scale-up research space for growing life science ventures.
As you arrive on Campus the two new buildings create an outstanding first impression of our Campus environment. BioMed Realty completed the leasing of this flagship life sciences development within 12 months, and in the summer of 2020 we were delighted to see the first tenants take occupancy. The space has enabled existing Campus companies - RxCelerate, Mission Therapeutics and Artiospharma - to continue to scale up their businesses here, and in addition we welcome new companies bit.bio, Inivata, and Petmedix.
The building names - Glenn Berge and Dorothy Hodgkin – were as carefully considered as the buildings themselves…
Glenn Berge, a US fighter pilot, was killed in action when his plane crashed on the Babraham Estate during WWII. He flew out of RAF Bottisham but soon after take-off was forced to return to base due to technical difficulties, but sadly he didn’t make it.
The Campus development team felt it a fitting tribute to an American pilot fighting on behalf of the United Kingdom, which furthermore represents the ongoing partnership between the US and UK. The tribute was made even more poignant as 2020 is the 75th year since the guns fell silent to mark the end of WWII.
Dorothy Hodgkin was a Nobel prize winning chemist, best known for her work to advance the technique of X-Ray crystallography to determine the structure of biomolecules, which became an essential tool in structural biology. Hodgkin completed her PHD at Newnham College in Cambridge.
The Royal Society awards the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship (named in her honour) for outstanding scientists at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health-related reasons”.
The Campus development team chose to name the second building after Hodgkin, to represent the relationship between chemistry and biology and the history associated with the life science industry.
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Babraham Bioscience Technologies Ltd
Babraham Research Campus
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