Babraham Research Campus sets out future vision and ambition

Babraham Hall in Babraham, Cambridgeshire, part of the Babraham Institute

The BBSRC-funded Babraham Research Campus’ vision is to be one of the best places in the world for discovery bioscience research and innovation.

The campus will be a leading sustainable ecosystem to start, nurture, scale and grow bioscience business.

The campus is already one of the UK’s leading locations to support world-leading discovery research and early-stage bioscience enterprise.

Strategic review and future development

The campus partners (Babraham Institute, BBSRC, and Babraham Bioscience Technologies Ltd) have recently undertaken a strategic review of the campus and the opportunity for its future development.

This review built on evidence and understanding of the campus’ success and existing strengths as identified in the campus economic impact report (PDF, 1.4MB).

The campus is a distinct co-location of academic research and commercial bioscience enterprise. It already plays a pivotal role in the Cambridge life science ecosystem, supporting excellent discovery bioscience, and the start-up and scale-up of entrepreneurial business.

Refreshed strategy

Details released today highlight the key elements of the refreshed strategy, which sets the course for the continued development of the campus.

The strategic objectives identified aim to deliver a highly connected, sustainable and dynamic ecosystem that creates new discoveries, therapeutics, jobs and growth to support the UK economy.

At the heart of the new strategy is a commitment to ensure that the campus:

  • builds on its research and entrepreneurial strengths
  • develops people and talent
  • continues to grow and play an active role in the development of the Cambridge life science cluster and the broader UK life science ecosystem.

World-leading research and capability

A major strength of the campus is the co-location of the world-leading academic research and capability of the Babraham Institute with over 60 start-up and bioscience companies.

The strategy seeks to ensure that:

  • excellent research (both academic and commercial) continues to flourish
  • the capabilities and facilities on site are enhanced to support both the start-up and scale-up phases of a bioscience company’s journey.

To that end, the further development of the campus, with support from third parties, to build upon the public sector investment made to date is a key objective.

From further campus growth, support to the campus community and wider cluster will be enriched, and the campus can boost its contribution to nurturing the scientists and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Watch a video explaining the campus’ vision and ambitions:

Video credit: Babraham Research Campus
An autogenerated transcript of the video is available on YouTube.

Further information

About the Babraham Institute

The Babraham Institute undertakes world-class bioscience research to generate new knowledge of biological mechanisms underpinning ageing, development and the maintenance of health.

Our research focuses on:

  • cellular signalling
  • gene regulation
  • the impact of epigenetic regulation at different stages of life.

By determining how the body reacts to dietary and environmental stimuli and manages microbial and viral interactions, we aim to improve wellbeing and support healthier ageing.

The institute is strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, through an institute core capability grant. It receives funding from other UK research councils, charitable foundations, the EU and medical charities.

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