Birmingham Research Park is managed by Alta Innovations Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Birmingham.
History and Objectives
The Research Park was established in 1986 as a location for new research led companies wishing to work with the University of Birmingham. Today the Park is a thriving and vibrant community enabling companies to gain competitive advantage from access to the world-class knowledge base and market opportunities provided by the University of Birmingham and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. This unique position makes the Research Park the best location in Birmingham for young ‘high growth’ companies that need access to both the best research minds and the biggest markets in this part of the UK. The principle aim of the Research Park is to provide the right resources and environment for companies to flourish. Past occupiers have built successful businesses based upon the University’s own reputation in biotechnology, computer systems, medical diagnostics and scientific instruments.
For those in the medical field, the Park is located at the hub of research activity within the Edgbaston Medical Quarter. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the University of Birmingham’s College of Medical and Dental Sciences are adjacent to the Park, giving the opportunity to access key personnel and markets for your products or services. A new Institute of Translational Medicine and Life Sciences Campus are currently under development close by.
The Research Park is at the heart of one of the most significant opportunities for public and private investment around the medical and healthcare sector outside London.
Accommodation and Facilities
The Research Park provides secure high quality office accommodation on competitive and flexible terms. Space ranges from small one person offices up to 700sqm units for larger occupiers. The Park benefits from it’s own high speed internet network, free secure car parking, 24 hour access, CCTV, and meeting and conference facilities.
Units start from 32 sqm and are provided with heating, lighting and single-phase power. Gas, mains water, three-phase electricity are also available.
The Park has excellent meeting and conference facilities of varying sizes, the largest room can accommodate up to 80 delegates.
The BioHub Birmingham
The BioHub (Biomedical Innovation Hub) is a brand new, fully serviced biomedical laboratory specifically designed to provide entrepreneurs and innovative start-ups with access to affordable, shared laboratory facilities and equipment. It is the first purpose-built facility of its kind in the UK. For a very attractive and fully inclusive price you can take a workstation in the fully serviced laboratory and a desk in a vibrant innovation office. As part of the package, we will provide you with full support in developing your innovative technology.
- Individual ‘owned’ Lab Station
- 4,500 sqft fully serviced biomedical laboratories including Dark Room, Tissue Culture, Category II
- On-site support and training by qualified Laboratory Manager
- Access to laboratory consumables
- Hot desk in an open plan innovation office with free high speed internet access
- Access to meeting rooms and conference facilities
- Central reception and switchboard with messaging facility
- Flexible access and secure location
- Free car parking
The Birmingham Biomedical Innovation Hub is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
BizzInn – Business Incubator
The BizzInn provides a unique business incubation facility that accelerates the growth of companies exploring ideas in Life and Health Sciences or hi-tech Digital and Creative sectors. At BizzInn, entrepreneurs, start-up companies and small businesses work alongside each other and have access to a wide range of support services, specialist facilities and shared experiences which help them to grow as fast as possible. In addition to providing hot desking, meeting rooms and specialist business advice, the incubator provides an open environment to share best practice, discuss challenges and network with other users.
- Free commercial office space for new eligible enterprises
- Wi-Fi and equipped work space (hot desks, internet, meeting rooms) with 24/ access
- Free parking & subsidised refreshments
- Free business guidance
- Business meeting space adjacent to the University of Birmingham and within the Edgbaston Medical Quarter
- Access to finance, grants, loans, investors and other business support organisations
- Further access to a wide range of support and advice from professional advisors and trade/cluster associations, e.g. in intellectual property, legal, finance
- Joint exhibition and presentation area – A place to ‘showcase’ research, products and services
- Networking events and free lunchtime enterprise seminars
Birmingham Research Park’s Virtual Tenancy package is for early stage companies who are not ready to commit to their own space, but who recognise the value of being part of the Park community. Virtual tenants benefit from the use of Birmingham Research Park as a business address, receipt of mail, and use of Park facilities including conference and meeting rooms at preferential rates.
Current rental costs for all of the above are available on request. Flexible lease options and short-term licences are available to ensure occupiers’ requirements are met. A service charge is also payable to cover on-site management, security, reception services and maintenance to all common areas.
Many of the current and past Research Park tenants originated within the University, their businesses being started on the basis of technology developed within the University and then spun out by members of the academic staff. Several have gone on to outgrow the site and become significant employers in the region. Other organisations have located at the Research Park in order to make use of University expertise or facilities.
Alta Innovations Ltd, the University of Birmingham’s technology transfer company is also located at the Research Park. Alta Innovations connect organisations with academic expertise and Intellectual Property to enable effective and innovative solutions to industry-based issues.
Tenants have the opportunity to access The University of Birmingham’s facilities and world-class expertise in medicine, engineering and science. More than 3,000 academic staff in 5 colleges constitutes an enormous resource of expertise allied to laboratories, equipment and facilities of the highest standards.
Companies located at the Research Park are integrated within a vibrant and diverse network of businesses, researchers and the wider University of Birmingham research community. The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is at the forefront of medical and dentistry research and we have one of the largest academic trust-based ‘super hospitals’ in the world a stone’s throw from the Research Park.
The staffs of all companies based at the Research Park are offered access to the University of Birmingham’s outstanding campus and key facilities including a range of shops, sports facilities, libraries, arts facilities, restaurants and access to open events.
In addition to the on-site conference/meeting facilities at the Research Park, meeting rooms and lecture theatres in the University may be available for hire by Research Park companies (subject to availability).
A wide range of business support is available to occupiers of the Research Park. We can connect you with professionals who can advise you on intellectual property issues, patent applications and access to finance. We can also sign-post to other support agencies and the Local Authority to access a variety of funded support. Advice on how to access collaborative funding with our academic community, particularly in areas such as European funding and funding from UK Research Councils is also available.
Birmingham Research Park has an enviable location in Edgbaston, approximately 2 miles from Birmingham City Centre and adjacent to both the University of Birmingham’s main campus and the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The Park also benefits from being a two minute walk from the University train station, with a frequent local rail service to Birmingham New Street and the City’s central business and shopping areas. Birmingham is at the heart of the UK’s motorway network and both the National Exhibition Centre and Birmingham International Airport are within easy reach.
Companies Located at Birmingham Research Park include:
Abingdon Health Ltd
Abingdon Health’s core expertise is in the development and commercialisation of rapid diagnostic tests to the healthcare, veterinary, food, and agriculture industries worldwide. Success in these markets is demonstrated by own brand products such as Seralite® – FLC, a quantitative rapid test for the diagnosis and monitoring of multiple myeloma, PCRD nucleic acid detector, and Pocket Diagnostic® plant pathogen diagnostic kits
Abgentis’ goal is to provide a new broad-spectrum IV/oral antibacterial to treat acute and chronic, life-threatening and drug-resistant infections.
Alta Innovations Ltd
Alta Innovations connects organisations with academic expertise and intellectual property to enable effective and innovative solutions to industry based issues.
Analox Instruments Ltd
Analox Instruments Ltd is an independent British company established in the United Kingdom with 40 years experience in the development, manufacture and supply of analytical measurement systems (analysers and biochemical reagent consumables) for the scientific research markets.
Aspen Healthcare Solutions Limited
AHSL is a company specialising in the provision of medical training, personnel and facilities.
BILD (the British Institute of Learning Disabilities)
We want people with learning disabilities to be valued equally, participate fully in their communities and be treated with dignity and respect.
Birmingham Quality (UK NEQAS)
Independent and impartial technology assessment in laboratory medicine.
Research and Development of the use of new and existing drugs in various areas of neuroimmunopharmacology.
Bringing innovative campaigns to the public for full market saturation.
Dyna-lytics is an innovative analysis driven design engineering consultancy, specialising in computer aided engineering for the automotive industry.
Engineering Development Trust
Provides science, technology, engineering and mathematical enrichment activities for the UK youth.
Research and Development of the ‘Birmingham Knee Replacement’ for use in the treatment of osteoarthritis and related arthropathies.
Luminous BioSciences (Luminous Bio) provides quality products and services to our fellow researchers from pharmaceutical, biotechnology and biomedical research institutions. Luminous Bio has developed several innovative products and services that expedite and enhance scientific research and collaboration in Genomics and Proteomics.
Linear Diagnostics Ltd
Linear Diagnostics Ltd (LDL) was formed in 2011 as a spin out from the University of Birmingham by the founders Dr Matt Hicks, Prof Tim Dafforn and Bioscience Ventures. LDL’s core skills are in the development of a suite of rapid , hand-held diagnostic tests in a wide range of sectors including agriculture, medicine, environment and security.
M&G Blood Supply Team
Research and support services in connection with the organisation and monitoring of blood products to the UK Armed Forces.
Metal Nanopowders Ltd
Metal Nanopowders Ltd, a spin-off from the University of Birmingham, is dedicated to the production of metal powders at the sub-100nm scale. Our facilities allow us to produce nanopowders with exceptional purity & physical properties
Neuregenix provides neurobiological support for neural repair and axon regeneration-related drug discovery programmes
NIHR Clinical Research Networks: West Midlands
The NIHR Clinical Research Network is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS
Oral Health Innovations
OHI Ltd is the UK provider of PreViser and DEPPA (Denplan PreViser Patient Assessment). Our web-based technology offers a simple, objective and reproducible means of predicting a patient’s risk of developing oral diseases and communicating their risk and current health status as scores in an easy to understand traffic light format
Plasgene is a biotechnology company specialised in bacterial plasmid research. We create new plasmid technology for use in research and industry
Research, innovation and development of national and international medical education programmes for the military and civilian communities.
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
We are the professional membership body and guardian of standards for family doctors in the UK, working to promote excellence in primary healthcare.
Royal College of Physicians
A professional body, representing over 25,000 physicians that aims to improve the quality of patient care by continually raising medical standards.
RTC Innovations Ltd
RTC Innovation transfers technology from leading UK academic and research institutes to industry
Serviceteam IT design and deliver sophisticated connectivity, network, and telecoms solutions
Smart Antenna Technologies Ltd
Smart Antenna Technologies (SAT) was founded in 2013 as a spin-out from the University of Birmingham. SAT’s patented smart multiband antenna technology offers breakthrough design and functionality solutions to the global portable device market .
Spring Active Ltd
Spring Active is an evidence based provider of back pain services. We provide innovative digital-physical programmes to improve clinical care for providers whilst reducing costs of delivery
Synexus (Midlands) Clinical Research Centre
Clinical research studies in a variety of disease areas.
Tracer Measurement Systems Ltd
Applications R&D, sales & marketing of mobile chemical ionisation mass spectrometers. Devices for continuously generating trace VOC standards.
University Research and Innovation Services (RIS)
Support for commercial development and research funding.
University of Birmingham Business Engagement
The Business Engagement Team works with key regional, national and international partners to develop academic-industry links and strategic business partnerships with the overall aim of generating positive reputation, impact and income
University of Birmingham Development and Alumni Relations (DARO)
We work together to maintain and build relationships with former students (known as alumni) and to build and develop multi-faceted partnerships with business.
WRK Design and Services Ltd
WRK Design & Services Ltd, founded in 2002, is an independent Chemical & Biochemical Engineering Consultancy, engaged in Research, Design and Development in the fields of Environmental and Alternative Energy with its own proprietary technology for Biogas Upgrading and Carbon Capture.
Zogenix Europe Ltd
Zogenix is committed to developing therapies that address specific clinical needs for people living with CNS and pain-related conditions who need innovative treatment alternatives to help them return to normal daily functioning.
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