With its established collaboration pathways, centres of academic excellence and wealth of flexible laboratory space, Greater Birmingham offers an attractive ecosystem for life sciences firms – particularly those working in medical devices, diagnostics, digital healthcare, Big Data and clinical trials.
In the space of just a few miles, over 30 medical facilities and research institutions work on the next scientific breakthroughs, from the Centre of Rare Diseases to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, which is unique to the region and provides medical support to military operational deployments.
Birmingham’s central draw is the potential to take new healthcare treatments and technologies from early development to real-life application. The city has a proud record of clinical-academic collaboration, driven primarily by Birmingham Health Partners (BHP), which unites two major NHS Trusts with the University of Birmingham.
The Institute of Translational Medicine brings together many disciplines to accelerate innovation across cancer, inflammation, rare diseases and bioengineering. In years to come, the ambitious Birmingham Life Sciences Park will harness the region’s world-leading academic and clinical strengths while bringing new commercial power to the city. As a testbed for research, the region’s settled and diverse population of over 5 million people offers significant opportunities for clinical trials.
In addition, Greater Birmingham offers an unparalleled strategic location at the heart of the UK’s road and rail network, with 90% of the population less than 4 hours away – and High Speed Rail bringing London just 38 minutes away by 2026.
Taken together, the city’s leading health facilities, excellent universities and unparalleled location make Greater Birmingham one of the most dynamic life science clusters in the UK.
Life Sciences: Key facts and stats
The ideal ecosystem
The space to grow
The academic excellence to break new ground
The ideal environment for clinical trials