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Babraham Research Campus

Babraham Research Campus


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Acknowledged as a leading research and innovation campus for the UK, home to both world-class academic research and commercial life-science companies, the Babraham Research Campus has established itself as a hub of bioscience innovation at the heart of the Cambridge cluster and is now home to over 60 biomedical companies.  

Babraham offers an innovative community, a dynamic co-location of academic research from the world-class Babraham Institute, with commercial organisations on the campus developing bioscience therapies and technologies to treat human disease.  The Campus’ role is to support bio-enterprises, both for organisations located at the campus, but also with the wider Cambridge cluster, including our relationship with amongst others, AstraZeneca, Medimmune, Cambridge University, Cambridge Enterprise and One Nucleus.  

The campus is home to the internationally-regarded Babraham Institute, which receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).  The Institute’s research is focused on generating new knowledge of the biological mechanisms underlying ageing, development and the maintenance of health. The Institute also aims to promote knowledge exchange between academia and industry and to initiate partnerships to translate innovative science into viable ventures. 


Babraham Bioscience Technologies (BBT) has successfully developed and managed the campus infrastructure over the last 18 years.  Core to this are Babraham’s tenant  buildings (total offering is 160,000 sq. ft. of lettable area in 2016 planned to be over 200,000 sq. ft. by 2017), which offer serviced facilities, on attractive, flexible terms, to support bio-ventures and catalyze the commercial exploitation of biomedical research.  Currently over 60 companies occupy these facilities as the Campus continues to expand and is attracting new and growing tenants including regional, national and also European and overseas companies. 

Development to the north of the Campus continues with the completion of the Eddeva building in December 2015 which offers follow-on molecular biology laboratory and office space.  The construction phase continues with a new R&D facility which will be open early in 2016, including a building being constructed by Imperial College London on the campus to support companies which Imperial College have an interest, and a new facilities building with additional catering, lecture and meeting space.

Accelerating Innovation

Another feature at the Campus is the Technology Development Laboratory (TDL), established by BBT to provide access to resources, equipment and space so that early-stage concepts can be developed to commercially-viable opportunities. The TDL’s scientific staff offer fee-for-service bespoke, state-of-the-art R&D services and scientific assistance across many fields including molecular biology, protein biochemistry, cell biology, and immunology.  

The services of the TDL are available to campus companies, academic scientists and also external biomedical companies.

Many companies don’t need full time access to lab facilities but want to access it on an ‘as needed’ basis. The superb facilities at Babraham support a wider range of members from different sectors who require such specialist facilities. This includes a secure, fully fitted and managed CAT I and II laboratories containing scientific equipment for tenants. There are various packages available to access the space and equipment housed within it. 

Companies don’t have to be based on site to be part of the community, our virtual tenancy service offers access to many of the benefits of the Campus without having to take on the cost of physical laboratory and office space.  The service is aimed at small biotech businesses looking to establish their first commercial base, but are not quite ready to take physical space.

Each year BBT seeks to encourage and enhance bioscience investment through presentation and networking opportunities for early-stage biotechnology and med tech companies and investors at an annual the Biotechnology Investment Forum (BIF).

babrahamAccess to world-class scientific facilities

Companies located on the Babraham Research Campus also have access to the Babraham Institute’s world-class scientific facilities and expertise. These facilities include bioinformatics, imaging, mass spectrometry (including lipid analysis), next generation sequencing and flow cytometry.  The campus also has a state-of-the-art small animal facility which is available for use by tenant companies.

Catalysing Academic-Commercial Collaboration

A clear draw of the campus is the opportunity for companies to interact and collaborate with the internationally-recognised research undertaken at the Babraham Institute.  The Institute seeks to understand how signal transduction and epigenetic genome regulation coordinate physiological adaptations during the lifespan of an organism. For example, by determining how the body reacts to dietary and environmental stimuli, and manages infections, it aims to improve lifelong health and promote healthier ageing.   


The Institute aims to maximise the impact of its research through knowledge exchange and commercialisation, and its scientists work with other organisations (from small start-ups to multinational companies) to translate that research into action for social and economic benefit. This includes collaborative research projects with industry and providing expert advice via consultancies.  

The translation of the Institute’s intellectual property is managed by Babraham Institute Enterprise Ltd and is achieved through licensing technologies and creating spin-out companies, such as Crescendo Biologics Ltd which is based on the Babraham Research Campus. Several events are organised throughout the year to bring together Institute researchers with commercial scientists on site, providing opportunities for sharing scientific progress and knowledge and networking. Many of the companies on site work closely with the Institute, for example by collaborating with the academic scientists and using Institute services and facilities.

Campus Community

Situated on an attractive 450-acre parkland estate, the campus blends modern laboratory facilities with historic buildings in a spacious, beautifully landscaped setting.

The campus offers its tenants excellent amenities: fully-equipped meeting rooms and conferencing facilities, bar and refectory, a sports and social club, gym, tennis court and football pitch. Babraham’s Nursery offers a safe, attractive and stimulating environment for the formative pre-school years. 

List of organisations currently at the Babraham Research Campus  are found at http://www.babraham.com/companies/companies.html


Babraham Bioscience Technologies Limited
Babraham Research Campus
CB22 3AT

Contact:   Derek Jones
Job title:   Chief Executive
Tel:   01223 496269
Email:   info@babraham.co.uk
Website:   www.babraham.com

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The Bennet Building - Babraham Research Campus

Babraham’s Bioincubator provides around 115,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities, services and expertise with flexible terms to meet the demands of start-up and more established businesses.

Ventures must be developing technologies or products of relevance to human healthcare and the pharmaceutical sector, with potential synergy with the Institute's science base.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements and to arrange a site visit. Click here to view current availability.

The Bennet Building 

A 20,000 sq ft follow-on building providing molecular biology laboratory and office areas around central core facilities

Conference Facilities

Meeting Rooms & Conferencing

The Babraham Research Campus has a number of meeting rooms, seating between 10 and 80 people. The rooms are available during normal office hours, from 09:00 to 17:30, Monday to Friday. They can also be hired for certain evening events outside these hours. Catering, from tea and coffee and buffet lunches to formal dining, can be provided by the Campus caterers.

The Campus have a range of modern and classic meetings for hire.

For availability, costs and bookings, please contact babraham.meetingrooms@babraham.co.uk

Hardwick Room

The Hardwick Room, once part of the Library in the Babraham Hall is a very versatile room offering a boardroom style seating for up to 24 and seminar style for up to 60 delegates and is ideal for accommodating the larger lunchtime buffet. The opulence of the room is the perfect setting for reception events offering space and light. Audio visual equipment and wireless internet access is available by prior arrangement.

The Board Room

This oak panelled room in the Babraham Hall is suitable for prestigious meetings around the antique mahogany table seating 18 people. The room is fitted with state of the art audio visual and videoconferencing equipment. Wireless internet access is also available by prior arrangement.