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The Imperial College London, Incubator South Kensington

 The Incubator’s facilities are modern, well-equipped and versatile, allowing tenants to manage their business efficiently and effectively. Serviced to a high standard, the Incubator gives tenants peace of mind, allowing them to focus their energy on their business. Covering 24,000 square feet, the two-storey Incubator facility provides laboratory and office space for new and growing businesses in every sector, from medical devices to software to mechanical engineering.

The Imperial College London, Incubator White City

Opening late summer 2016, The Imperial College London Incubator at White City is an extension to the Incubator activates already occurring at Imperial and will form 2 floors of the new Translation & Innovation Hub run by Imperial College ThinkSpace. The New Imperial White City Campus will bring business and researchers together in a 25-acre Innovation precinct translating scientific ideas into value. We have a number of laboratories still available for rent.

Laboratory write-ups

Both Incubators boast modern Laboratories and Write-Up Suites. The laboratories, each include separate write up areas. Each laboratory has adjustable benches, sinks, eyewash stations, gas and electrical supply, mechanical ventilation for the installation of fume and flow hoods, high-speed communications network and telecom services, and an access security control system. Companies have access to shared equipment including an autoclave and glass wash.

Office Space

Individual private office suites range in size from 150 square feet to 425 square feet. The Imperial Incubator’s private offices vary in size and style to suit the need of its clients. All office suites have power, telephone and high-speed network points and are fully furnished with desks and filing cabinets. For short-term occupancy, six office cubicles are also available at south Kensington.

Meeting Rooms

The Incubators have a large number of meeting rooms of high specification which can accommodate groups of 10 to 30 people. These modern rooms are fitted with audio visual equipment and the room layouts are flexible to suit individual needs. The incubator has plenty of social areas for networking and informal meetings as well as a tea and coffee lounge. The Incubators have receptionist teams and secretarial services.

For businesses looking for a base in London or for companies expanding into a new market, a Virtual Office is an easy, cost-effective way of boosting a company’s image by having a prestigious business address. The Incubator offers a professional answering service, mail forwarding services and hot desks.

Services and Support. Networking and Events

The Incubator contains a truly entrepreneurial community who share the experience of developing technology businesses. Imperial Innovations runs a programme of seminars and events at the Incubator, designed specifically for entrepreneurs and inventors. These events are designed to inform businesses about the issues affecting start-up companies, generate discussion and debate around key subjects and to help establish new networks which will aid the growth of companies.

The Imperial Incubators – incubation facilities within a centre of excellence.


The Incubators are a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship providing office and laboratory space for early-stage companies. Situated at two campuses of Imperial College London, one of the highest ranked universities in the world, early-stage businesses are able to take advantage of being in close proximity to eminent scientists and experts in technology. The Incubators central locations in London also offers easy access to customers, sources of finance and commercial partners. Incubation support is offered by Imperial Innovations, one of the UK’s top technology commercialisation, investment and incubation companies.


The Incubator is wholly owned by the Imperial College London and managed by Imperial Innovations (‘Innovations’).

About Imperial Innovations

Imperial Innovations creates, builds and invests in pioneering university technologies addressing global problems in healthcare, energy, engineering and the environment. It combines deep understanding of science and technology with commercial acumen and strong investment expertise.

  • Innovations supports scientist-entrepreneurs in the commercialisation of their ideas by:
  • leading the formation of new companies and providing facilities in the early stages
  • providing significant investment and encouraging co-investment to accelerate the transition from R&D to products
  • providing operational expertise helping to recruit high-calibre industry figures and experienced entrepreneurs as executive management and Board members.


Innovations invests in companies based on technologies from or associated with four universities: Imperial College London; and Cambridge University, Oxford University, and UCL supported by its collaborations with Cambridge Enterprise, OSEM and UCL Business. These are the UK’s leading research intensive universities, measured by research income.

Progress to Date Over 35 (including virtual clients) technology companies are now operating successfully from over 24,000 square feet of office and laboratory space in the South Kensington  Incubator

Since it opened in July 2006, several highly successful Imperial Innovations portfolio companies have graduated from the Incubator.

Circassia: Circassia is a specialty biotechnology company developing a portfolio of novel immunotherapy products for the long term treatment of common allergies through short-course treatments using its SPIRE (synthetic peptide immune-regulatory epitope) technology.

The Company (an Imperial College London spin-out) entered the Incubator in 2006 as a first base of operations and prior to 2014 had raised over £100 Million pounds in investment.

In March 2014 Circassia Pharmaceuticals undertook an initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange raising £200 Million pounds with a market cap of £581 Million pounds.

Nexeon: Nexeon has raised a total of £55m in funding to date, following a £40m round in August 2011. The company has moved to premises in Oxford, where it operates a pilot scale production facility for its innovative lithium-ion batteries.

Midaz Lasers, a producer of high performance lasers, was acquired by Coherent in 2012.

Some of the companies in the Imperial Incubator as of March 2016:

  •  Abingdon Health
  •  Autifony Therapeutics
  •  Calchan
  •  CVIS  
  •  Econic Technologies
  •  Hexxcell
  •  Kesios
  •  Mentat
  •  Mesh Power
  •  Plaxica,
  •  Pulmocide
  •   Sensor Coating Systems
  •  Topivert
  •  Sub Salt Solutions





Imperial College Incubator
(Imperial Innovations plc)
Level 1 Bessemer Building
Imperial College London

Contact:   Graham Hewson
Job title:   Incubation Manager
Tel:   020 7594 1054
Email:   g.hewson@imperial.ac.uk
Website:   www.imperialinnovations.co.uk

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