Impact for scaleups
Size of the community
Market value of campus companies
Commercial investment raised in 2020/21
GVA impact of the Campus on UK economy
The Babraham Research Campus has a vision 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.
The Campus brings together world leading bioscience research and business with a focus that accelerates scientific discovery and helps to build and scale businesses. The result is a highly connected, sustainable and dynamic ecosystem that creates new discoveries, therapeutics, jobs and growth to support the UK economy.
Campus businesses operate in a supportive infrastructure with access to laboratories and offices on short-term tenancies with the opportunity to grow into larger space as they evolve. Access to Venture Capital investors is facilitated via the annual Babraham Investor Conference which brings together investors and companies seeking investment.
The most recent review of the Campus’ economic impact, published in 2020, showed that companies estimated being located on the Campus had on average accelerated their fundraising by three months and increased the amount of funds raised to date by 10%. In addition, the number of employees is estimated to be around 20% larger than it otherwise may have been due to the Campus location. The total market value of the largest 14 companies on site was calculated to be £4.1bn, which represents a 7.2 times return for investors, who have put in £636m in total.
Additional support for early-stage life science start-ups is provided by the Accelerate@Babraham bioincubator programme which Labiotech recognised as one of the top 25 such incubators in Europe. Access is via an annual competitive application and pitching process with up to five early-stage ventures being selected to experience life as part of the Babraham Research Campus. The programme includes a bespoke five-month timetable of scientific, business, and technical support, free lab space, access to the exceptional Cambridge Cluster network, investor introductions and £10k non-diluted funding; the fourth cohort of 5 businesses started the programme in September 2021.