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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

  • Eighteen NHS Trusts serve 5.6million patients
  • A large, ethnically diverse and stable population
  • Strategic location at heart of the UK
  • Already home to over 500 medical technology firms

The space to grow

  • Edgbaston Medical Quarter hosts over 180 medical organisations
  • BioHub offers quality biomedical equipment and space
  • Innovation Birmingham Campus – a major location for life science
  • £8m iCentrum scheme is Birmingham’s first incubator for health tech

The academic excellence to break new ground

  • University of Birmingham renowned for life science research
  • Aston Brain Centre specialises in research on ADHD, autism and epilepsy
  • Birmingham City University has new School of Life Sciences
  • Institute of Digital Health improves wellbeing through digital technologies

The ideal environment for clinical trials

  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital is one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals
  • Edgbaston Medical Quarter hosts over 80 hospitals and specialist care centres
  • Midland Metropolitan Hospital due to open in 2022, treating 500,000 people
  • Institute of Translational Medicine takes treatments from bench to bedside
  • Dental Hospital has catchment area of over 5million patients