BioHub Birmingham® develops new incubator space to meet increasing demand for biomedical facilities
- Published: Wednesday, 19 September 2018 13:49
- Written by University of Birmingham
Success Story by the Unviersity of Birmingham
The BioHub Birmingham® is constructing 5,000sq ft of self-contained laboratory and office suites to meet an increasing demand for biomedical incubator space.
The BioHub opened in 2015 and its shared facilities on the ground floor are now operating at capacity.
It is managed by University of Birmingham Enterprise and is located at the Birmingham Research Park, which provides incubation services and facilities, as well as commercial office space for biomedical and hi-tech companies.
The Birmingham Research Park is on the University campus – and the University has invested significantly to create a formidable landscape for medical innovation. In last year alone, the University has opened: the Healthcare Technologies Institute, where experts in chemical engineering, biomedical science, computer science, applied mathematics, chemistry and physics work collaboratively on translational projects; the Centre for Custom Medical Devices Centre for Custom Medical Devices, which works in collaboration with Renishaw and uses additive manufacturing (3D printing) to speed development in the medical devices supply chain; and the Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre which helps remove the regulatory blockages encountered by small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
The University ranks 4th in the UK for the production of Intellectual Property (patents) and much of its medical innovation comes from interdisciplinary research, where scientists who apply engineering or chemistry know-how to solve problems in medicine. This collaborative landscape has attracted increasing attention from international business, and the University currently has over 200 industrial partners, spanning all business sectors, who use its facilities and research expertise.
The BioHub is one part of this landscape, and its current tenants include diagnostics, precision medicine, and biotechnology companies, who share laboratory and office space. The new development will create laboratory/ office suites with sizes starting at 600sqft/55m2. The enquiry list for the new suites is now open.
Published: 19 September 2018