Institute welcomes future vision for the Babraham Research Campus


13-05-2021
An aerial view of the Babraham Research Campus

The Babraham Institute welcomes the Babraham Research Campus strategy to develop the Campus into “one of the best places in the world for discovery bioscience research and innovation.”

Following a strategic review by the Babraham Research Campus partners (the Babraham Institute, BBSRC, and Babraham Bioscience Technologies (BBT) Ltd), the Campus has published its strategy to achieve the vision of developing the Campus into: “one of the best places in the world for discovery bioscience research and innovation; a leading sustainable ecosystem to start, nurture, scale and grow bioscience business”.

Already one of the UK’s leading locations to support world-leading discovery research and early-stage bioscience enterprise, the Campus is a vibrant showcase of the benefits and strengths created by combining world-leading academic research with commercial life science companies. Not only is there a rich exchange of scientific knowledge through networking and knowledge exchange opportunities, plus collaborative funding support, the Institute’s scientific facilities provide state-of-the art capabilities, in some cases unique either within the UK or Europe. 

Professor Wolf Reik, Institute Director and BBT Board member, commented: “Put simply, science comes alive on the Babraham Research Campus. Whether you’re looking for specific expertise in a biological mechanism or innovative technology, you’ll find it here. A unique experience of the Campus, but something we take for granted, is that you might well find that connection as part of an informal chat in the restaurant or at seminars as well as through the comprehensive knowledge exchange activities we benefit from.

“The Institute is committed to undertaking innovative life science research and ensuring the use of this knowledge to improve human health. Our active Campus partnerships enable us to do that, so we welcome the Campus’ ambitious plan and look forward to working with BBT and BBSRC as our Campus partners to take the Campus from strength to strength.”  

In addition to the Institute’s research and nine science facilities, the Babraham Research Campus is home to a vibrant collection of over 60 life science companies from early stage start-ups to highly-successful established companies.

Over the past three years, the Institute has undertaken 25 collaborations or consultancies with campus companies and the Institute's scientific facility teams provide services to 76% of the companies on campus.

To continue to develop the Campus as a recognised leading centre of research and innovation, the Campus plan identified six strategic areas:

  1. Deliver research and innovation

  2. Develop people and talent

  3. Grow Campus capabilities

  4. Nurture the ecosystem

  5. Seek investment and ensure sustainability

  6. Sustain and create new partnerships

A high-level summary of the Campus strategy which expands on each of these six areas can be viewed from the Babraham Research Campus website. In addition, a video sets out the Campus vision and ambitions: Our Campus Strategy - Delivering the Vision. The Babraham Research Campus announcement on the Campus strategy can be viewed from this link: The Babraham Campus sets out its vision and ambition for its future.

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The Institute is an independent charitable life sciences research institute, strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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