Impact for scaleups
Access to finance since 2017
The Babraham Research Campus brings together world-class research and lifescience businesses in an environment with a common culture to promote innovation and strengthen links between academia and the commercial world. Campus businesses are translating UK science from ideas into products, services and therapies.
The Research Campus has increasingly been seeking to support companies that have grown beyond the startup stage. In the past year BioMed Realty has completed two new laboratory buildings designed to accommodate scaleup companies.
Funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the site provides a supportive infrastructure to its tenants. Campus companies have access to the science laboratories and offices on short-term tenancies, with the opportunity to grow into larger space as the company evolves, and specialist scientific facilities via the Babraham Institute.
Access to funding sources is provided by the site hosting Venture Capital investors and each year there is a Babraham Investor Conference which brings investors and companies seeking investment together. Networking events include “show and tell” sessions for major pharmaceutical companies and investors.
Additional support from the 4-month Accelerate@Babraham programme is provided to ambitious life science companies via a competition. Successful companies win a cash prize and can access consultancy, specialist equipment, skills training and leadership capacity-building as well as mentoring. The second cohort started the programme in Autumn 2019.