Cardiff Edge

Cardiff Edge

Longwood Drive
CF14 7YT



Cardiff Edge part of Pioneer Group
A dynamic life science campus

Five miles north of Cardiff city centre, nestled within a Nature Reserve on the River Taff, is Cardiff Edge, our 11-hectare, beautifully landscaped, life sciences R&D site, which provides serviced lab space and offices in Cardiff.

Recently having undergone a £1.5m refurbishment, Cardiff Edge reflects South Wales’ ambition to create an exemplary life sciences ecosystem, connecting business, academia, and the public sector at a single location.

The South Wales Life Science cluster is fast growing. Locally there are three universities, two hospitals (£180m Velindre Cancer Care Hospital in planning next door), Life Science Hub Wales, the Wales Life Science Investment Fund, Life Science Bridging Fund and the Life Science National Research Network.


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 startups, 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.

Ventures that call Cardiff Edge home, have specialist requirements, and so we work together to create tailor-made spaces. From minor alterations to custom fitouts, we have seen it all. So, if the space is right, but the contents aren’t, we work together to get it spot-on.

Excellent transport links

Cardiff Edge is adjacent to Junction 32 of the M4 Motorway and the A470 dual carriageway. We are an 8-minute walk from Radyr train station and 20 minutes from Coryton Train Station. We are also adjacent to the Taff Trail, a dedicated cycle and pedestrian route running through Cardiff, and roughly 13 miles from Cardiff International Airport.

Shared facilities:

  • Bike storage
  • On-site parking
  • High speed internet
  • Unique common areas
  • Shared outdoor spaces
  • Cleaning services
  • Showers & hair dryers

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