Expansion plan revealed by Biohub Birmingham

The BioHub Birmingham, which provides laboratory space for life science companies, is to expand.

When the university-owned BioHub building first opened in 2015, its ground floor was designed and fully fitted out to be a shared-space life science incubator. 

By early 2016, the ground floor had reached capacity, had a waiting list of interested tenants. 

The resident companies include 550 medical companies, more than 180 medical organisations, 80 hospitals and specialist care centres, 44 GP clinics and routine care facilities, and 23 training facilities. 

Dr James Wilkie, chief executive of the Birmingham Research Park, which hosts the BioHub Birmingham, said:

“Birmingham is increasingly visible as a destination for early stage medical and life science companies.

“In the last months alone, we had more than 10 enquiries from overseas companies who are looking seriously at Birmingham as the location for their UK operations.”

The university is investing £606m investment in infrastructure to build assets that will further bring together the clinical, academic and commercial strengths of the region, and make Birmingham a destination of choice for life science companies.

The first floor of the BioHub will be fitted out to offer life science companies their own self-contained laboratory spaces, with adjacent office and breakout space. 

Companies on the site will also benefit from access to the world-class research of the University of Birmingham and other business support services.

The development will start in early 2018, and complete within the year.

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