BioCity Glasgow 

BioCity Glasgow

Bo’Ness Road



BioCity Glasgow part of Pioneer Group

The Nucleus of Biotechnology

BioCity Glasgow has an outstanding reputation in pharmaceutical and biotherapeutics research. A former MSD research facility with pharma grade site security, this 20-acre biotech incubator has an assortment of fully accessible, contemporary offices and laboratories.

Located between Glasgow and Edinburgh on the M8, BioCity Glasgow delivers more than simple lab space. With access to on-site to MHRA licensed controlled conditions, cryostorage, a compound management library and a nurturing business community designed to help you flourish, this Scottish life sciences cluster provides the perfect setting for businesses of all sizes to lay down roots.

Nestled in amongst landscaped gardens, and mature trees. Companies based here enjoy a break from work in ‘Nowhere’, a stylish coffeehouse co-working space with air hockey, a pool table, a gym, cosy lounge spaces and patio garden.

Life science start-ups based here make use of the ample car parking, 24/7 pharma-grade site security provision, easy access to the M8, two airports and two local train stations only a short distance away.


Entrepreneurs, investors, experts, academics, industries, and associations come together at Pioneer Group. Creating a UK-wide business collective.

We surround businesses with people who share a common goal with us and with each other – to help science entrepreneurs tackle global challenges. Individuals with diverse expertise, experience and resources who can open the doors, make the introductions and identify the opportunities; that help businesses grow.

Allowing even the smallest of ventures to be part of, and do something, big.

Venture Building

Not just for start-ups and spin-offs, Pioneer Group coaches entrepreneurialism at every stage from idea to exit. We help businesses get off the ground and continue to grow, entrepreneurially via the Pioneer Group Accelerator Programme.

After working with Alex Osterwalder, the originator of the Lean Methodology, Pioneer took the principals of Lean Start-up and applied a framework of commercial science to create evidence-based entrepreneurship specific to those wanting to turn their science into business.

Pioneer runs Accelerators throughout the year across our locations and in partnership with other organisations, including AHSN, AbbVie and Astellas.

Despite this, we focus on the quality, rather than quantity of applicants, awarding a limited number of places only to entrepreneurs and ideas we think can ‘make it’. Those entrepreneurs who successfully secure a place work closely with our coaches in an intensive eight-week programme specifically designed to help scientific entrepreneurs launch and grow sustainable businesses from their science.


The idea is just the start. Turning that idea into something that will impact people’s lives can be a long and challenging process. Pioneer are here from the beginning and have been for nearly 20 years, bringing our hands-on, tailored approach to getting your business off to the best possible start.

We operate several funds that invest in young businesses and specialise in pre-seed and seed funding. We like to get involved early. Pioneer Group provides vital life sciences investment and funding primarily to companies that we have worked with through our Accelerator Programme or with companies based at our sites across the UK. That way, we get to know the people, technology and business well before investing.

Expert Network

Part of Pioneer Group, the Expert Network are altruistic individuals our entrepreneurs can call upon for help. They are leaders of industry, working at the highest levels in the areas of commercial science (regulatory, safety and toxicology, finance, legal, acquisition etc.) that life science entrepreneurs will tackle at some point.

The Expert Network give their time, share their knowledge and offer guidance at the crucial moments, when getting it right, really matters.

Laboratory, office and coworking spaces

For start-ups, we try to make life as straightforward as possible. Scale up your space without the risk of lengthy leases. Take on new labs with just one month’s notice with the option to scale back with only three months’ notice. The flexible and modular lab space is perfect for life science startups and scaleups, labs come with fully extracted and recirculating fume hoods.

The site is designed to support companies looking to commercialise opportunities in Life Science, MedTech, Digital Health, Healthcare and wellness. BioCity Glasgow was built to an exceptionally high specification, with tailored bench space, extra-large laboratories and grow on space for companies at all stages.


Enjoy social events such as complimentary yoga or join industry events where leaders share their thoughts, experiences and most importantly, the lessons learnt over a beer or two with an invited audience of Pioneer Group’s business leaders. Learn from the best and connect with the community.

Industry Perks:

The cluster effect of Pioneer attracts benefits and opportunities not typically available to life science start-ups. Invitation-only pitching competitions, investment opportunity roundups, unique collaborations and trade visits are regular features for Pioneer based start-ups.

Shared Facilities:

  • Autoclave
  • Glass wash
  • Drying oven
  • Washing machines/dryers
  • Gas and waste solvent stores
  • Ice machine
  • Clinical waste store
  • Water purification system
  • Café
  • Bike storage
  • Pool table
  • Gardens


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