Welcome to the Investor Hub

The Babraham Research Campus continues to attract regional, national and international funding streams, from both public and private sector finance, to support the continued development of infrastructure on Campus and investment in the Campus community. Scroll down to explore how we connect investors with those seeking investment, meet some of the investors within our network and read about our community’s investment successes to date.

Over 200 million pounds invested last year

Babraham Investor Conference 2021

Babraham Investor Conference 2021 (BIC), an event for investors focusing on early-stage and scale-up life science and med-tech companies, moved online for the first time in its 15-year history on 9 June. The virtual conference saw a day’s worth of content condensed into two hours including start-up and scale-up company presentations, keynotes from Daniel Mahony of Polar Capital and Martin Murphy of Syncona, as well as many interactive Q&A opportunities. 

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Campus Network

The Campus is considered strategically important to the local ecosystem and plays a key and active role in contributing to the wider Cambridge life science cluster, the national research and innovation ecosystem, and the global investor base.

Early-stage life science investor

Michael Anstey

Partner, Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC)

Dr Michael Anstey specialises in life science investments and manages CIC’s investments in Bicycle Therapeutics (NASDAQ: BCYC), Congenica, Immutrin, PredictImmune, PolyProx Therapeutics, Sense Bio, Start Codon and Storm Therapeutics.

Before joining CIC he was a Principal in the Healthcare Practice Area at The Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) Toronto office. Michael has experience in advising multinational businesses across North America, Europe, India, and Japan.

Michael was also co-founder of an early-stage biotechnology company focused on developing small molecule drugs that target protein-protein interactions implicated in disease. Prior to BCG, Michael worked at Oxford Capital Partners, where he focused on investing in early-stage life science businesses.

Michael earned his DPhil in Zoology in the field of neurobiology from the University of Oxford.

Cassie Doherty

Investment Director, Parkwalk Advisors

Cassie is an Investment Director with Parkwalk Advisors specialising in Healthcare and Life Sciences.

Cassie joined Parkwalk Advisors in June 2019, a fund whose focus is investing in University spin out companies. Prior to this, from 2008 she worked at IP Group Plc as an Investor in their Life Sciences team. She has strong experience of investment rounds, company strategy, operations and governance. Cassie sits on several company Boards, including Ikarovec Ltd and MoA Technology Ltd. Cassie is also a Trustee for the Leeds Hospitals Charity.

In her early career Cassie had hands on experience of technology commercialisation. She worked for a start-up that took drugs developed during her PhD into Phase II clinical trials.

Strong experience in investments Healthcare and Life Sciences
Biotechnology specialist Early-stage ventures focus

Miao He

Life sciences and healthcare investor

Miao focuses on early-stage ventures in biotechnology and life sciences. She is an investment professional at Luminous Ventures, a UK-based venture capital firm focusing on human health and deep tech. Previously she worked as a Bioinformatics Scientist at Illumina, where she developed new algorithms for interpreting genomic sequencing data to help deliver better cancer management. At Illumina she worked with the early members of Solexa and collaborated with key opinion leaders in academia and Genomics England on the 100,000 Genomes Project. Miao has worked in early-stage investing at OurCrowd, a venture capital firm in Israel, and has carried out consulting work for Cancer Research UK and Ori Biotech.

Miao holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from London Business School. She is the author of 18 peer-reviewed publications and has published in high-impact journals such as Nature Genetics. Her research has been featured in the Guardian, BBC News, LA Times etc.

Company Investment in the News

With over 60 commercial companies on site investment activity is a year-round pursuit on Campus. From start-ups securing their first rounds of investment to the more seasoned ventures negotiating collaboration deals, mergers, and acquisitions there is always something to highlight.

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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Welsh startup Antiverse raises $2m for antibody discovery toolkit

Welsh startup Antiverse raises $2m for antibody discovery toolkit

Antiverse raises seed funding of £1.4 million ($2 million) to devel...

Antiverse raises seed funding of £1.4 million ($2 million) to develop its artificial intelligence-based platform for discovering therapeutic antibodies. The organisation combines machine learning and phage display techniques to model antibody-antigen binding and says it can cut the time it takes to develop a drug candidate.

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100 million invested by Government

Investment in the Campus

There has been significant public investment through the provision of land and construction of additional Campus capabilities, including  bio-incubator, conferencing and meeting facilities, which have been key to establishing the innovation aspects of the Campus. £100M has been invested by the UK Government to date. This is in addition to the long-term strategic investment by BBSRC-UKRI in the Babraham Institute. This public investment has also attracted further private sector investment into the Campus to provide follow-on space for growing companies from BioMed Realty (construction of Biomed@Babraham fully fitted lab and flexible office buildings) and Kadans (for a facility constructed and previously owned by Imperial College London). 

The Story of BioMed

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 two buildings, which bit.bio, Inivata, Mission Therapeutics, Petmedix and RxCelerate now call home. Enjoy a tour of the building here.

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1.2 billion pounds invested to date

Investing in Companies

Investor engagement activities which are a key part of life on the Campus - and specific events (eg: Babraham Investor Conference) as well as links with organisations like Cambridge Enterprise - have contributed to attracting high quality private investment into the companies located on Campus (£300M invested in Campus companies in 2017/18, and £1.2 bn to date). With evidence showing that being located on the Campus accelerates the rate at which, and amount of investment, that companies have been able to raise. The establishment, with partners, of the Campus’ bio-entrepreneurial programme, Accelerate@Babraham, and strong links with the Start Codon accelerator fund provide further access to support and investment for the Campus community.

Insights into...

... Building a life science cluster: The key ingredients for a successful Campus

Chris Chapman, Director of Campus and Facilities, is responsible for the operation and development of the Campus and its estate and has worked at the Babraham Research Campus for 40 years.  In this article, Chris credits the successful development of the Babraham Research Campus to ‘The Six C’s’: Campus, Community, Connectivity, Culture, Capability, and Commercialisation: “We are committed to these important component parts. Collectively, they describe what you need to have in place to have a thriving campus; individually, each one has its own particular function that contributes to the wider experience and character of the Campus.”

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... Investing in life sciences: Recycling success by paying it forward

In this article, Karolina Zapadka, Head of Accelerate@Babraham, who is passionate about facilitating and accelerating opportunities and growth for early-stage life science ventures explores the key ingredients needed to develop a successful incubator initiative.  She explains the key role the Campus community and the power it’s intrinsic knowledge of building commercially viable life science businesses plays in facilitating others’ successes.

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Investment Insights

Investor Insights: From humble beginnings to influential science

Investor Insights: From humble beginnings to influential science

From making antibodies on Campus in the 1990s to mentoring new Acce...

From making antibodies on Campus in the 1990s to mentoring new Accelerate@Babraham start-ups, Dr Jonathan Milner has a long, dedicated and collaborative relationship with the Babraham Research Campus. In this article we explore Jonathan’s experience as an entrepreneur and investor with a passion for supporting UK life science and high-tech start-ups. He has provided investment and support to more than 70 companies and is currently CEO of Meltwind Advisory offering guidance for early-stage healthcare and biotech companies.

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The emerging themes of the Cambridge Cluster: pace, diversity and connectivity

The emerging themes of the Cambridge Cluster: pace, diversity and connectivity

The Cambridge Cluster is well known as a hub for innovation and lif...

The Cambridge Cluster is well known as a hub for innovation and life sciences, but what does its future look like? Having recently stepped down from his role as Chair of the Board of Babraham Bioscience Technologies (BBT), which develops and manages the Babraham Research Campus, life science entrepreneur and investor Dr Andy Richards CBE shares his forward-look on clusters, connections and alternative thinking.

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The Babraham Research Campus: At the forefront in supporting the UK’s Bioscience Enterprises

The Babraham Research Campus: At the forefront in supporting the UK’s Bioscience Enterprises

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). This impact 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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