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Indian biotech leaders visit Birmingham for life science facilities briefing

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Indian biotech leaders visit Birmingham for life science facilities briefing A delegation of Indian biotech company leaders visited the University of Birmingham to see the life sciences cluster, where the University’s world-leading research is translated into new medical therapies. The delegation travelled to Birmingham as part of bioConclave 2017 - an annual gathering of Indian life science business leaders, who come to the UK to explore investment and partnership opportunities. Birmingham’s life science ecosystem combines basic research and translational facilities in a single site, and is rapidly becoming a major site for health research investment. The visitors were welcomed by Indian Consul General Dr Aman Puri, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, and Dr James Wilkie, CEO, University of Birmingham Enterprise, which runs business incubation and commercialisation services for the University. They toured the University’s Institute of Translational Medicine, the biobank, the gene and cell therapy manufacturing facility, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the School of Dentistry and the BioHub and BizzInn incubation facilities. Professor Robin Mason, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International), said: “The University of Birmingham has a long-standing strength in life sciences. Four of our 11 Nobel Prize winners received their awards for work revealing the structure of DNA; developing new treatments for heart disease and cancer; understanding pain relief; and pioneering organ transplants. “Birmingham is one of the UK’s most important sites for life sciences - characterised by strong partnerships that link academic excellence with innovation in addressing the health care requirements of a diverse regional population of five million people. “The University’s engagement in India is extensive, dating back to 1909 when we welcomed our first students from India to our Edgbaston campus. For both these reasons, we are very pleased to be hosting this delegation visit as part of bioConclave 2017.” Dr James Wilkie said: “Birmingham has a long established ecosystem that accelerates innovations in medicine. Our clinical-academic partnerships support all stages of the journey from bench studies to clinical trials and post-marketing surveillance studies. “Our resources, such as the Birmingham BioHub, the UK’s first dedicated shared facility for early stage life science companies, are co-located in close proximity to the University of Birmingham and two of the largest Hospitals in the country – this speeds up the translation of research, enables more rapid assessment, and quicker adoption of medical technologies.” Naveen Kulkarni, CEO of Quantumzyne, is a senior delegate from the Association of Biotech Led Enterprises – the pan-India forum representing the Indian biotechnology sector. He said: “The UK market is a global innovation hub for biotechnology and has a world-class pharmaceutical industry. The potential for UK-India collaborations in life sciences and biotech could see UK biotechs and pharma companies leverage innovative technology and market access to India.” This year’s bioConclave saw the main one-day conference programme held in London, before delegates travelled to Birmingham to learn more about the University’s research and incubation facilities and opportunities in the city. Dr Aman Puri, Consul General of India, said:  “I am delighted to attend bioConclave 2017. Collectively, we should explore opportunities for greater collaboration between British institutes of excellence such as Birmingham BioHub and India's Genome Valley, where six out of 10 world leaders in biotech R&D already have a presence. “Britain is a global innovation hub, and must increase its footprint in India – an economy which is the fastest growing large economy of the world. The pharma market is projected to grow to US$ 55 billion by 2020 making it the sixth largest market in the world and the biotechnology market is likely to grow to US$ 100 billion by 2025. “After the US, India is the second largest producer of English-speaking highly skilled scientific and technical human resources, a critical component for advancement in these sectors.” India remains one of the largest foreign investors into the UK, with biotech, pharma and life sciences investments creating or safeguarding 7,049 jobs in the UK, according to the latest figures from the Department for International Trade. For more information or interviews, please contact Tony Moran, International Communications Manager, University of Birmingham on +44 (0) 121 414 8254 or  +44 (0)782 783 2312. For out-of-hours enquiries, please call +44 (0) 7789 921 165.

Pitchfest 2017

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Venturefest West Midlands, the event for entrepreneurship, innovation and investors, will arrive back at the NEC in Birmingham on the 27th June and this year with the increased support of Barclays Bank, who will be offering even more support and expert advice to help to early stage entrepreneurs and established business owners grow their business. Venturefest is a free, one-day event aimed at supporting business growth through innovation. It will bring together entrepreneurs, innovators and investors, bringing with it a wealth of opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs and local support providers.  

Linear Diagnostics wins BioBrum 2017.

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We held a vibrant BioBrum 2017 last week at the Birmingham Research Park. The first national event of its kind hosted by The BioHub Birmingham was a great success with lively networking, talks packed with useful content and personal insights from entrepreneurial journeys. We were delighted to present the prize of six months free laboratory space at The BioHub Birmingham and business support to our winner - Linear Diagnostics.  

The BioHub Birmingham® hosts national life science event – BioBrum – on 16th February 2017

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The BioHub Birmingham® hosts national life science event.

The BioHub Birmingham®, Birmingham’s flagship life science incubator, is hosting its first BioBrum Life Science event on 16th February 2017.  Aimed at pre-revenue life science companies the free event will include talks on finance, intellectual property, effective use of professional networks and business development.  There will also be an opportunity for one-to-one advice sessions with IP, finance and business planning specialists. The event will be held at the Birmingham Research Park, which houses a community of research-led companies and is the home of The BioHub.  All eligible companies registering for the event will have the opportunity to win six months free laboratory space at The BioHub*, and complementary business assistance provided by the Enterprise Acceleration team at the University of Birmingham. We are looking for highly disruptive and innovative approaches, and the projects will be judged on how novel they are, as well as their long term commercial potential.  

Statistics Training Workshops – May to July

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One of our Research Park tenants, Dr John Thompson F.R.Stat.Soc, is running a series of Statistics Training Workshops over the next few months.

Applications covered include Clinical trials, Engineering data and Process Control. Full list here Statistics training workshops May to July 2016

For more information on each workshop and for booking forms, please email Dr. Thompson at:

The BioHub Sponsors Medilink UK Award

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BioHub were delighted to sponsor 'The BioHub Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Award' at the Medilink UK Awards 2015. This year's winners were Mast Group Ltd,  a market leader in manufacturing and supplying diagnostic products which are mostly used for the detection and diagnosis of infectious diseases.

Mast Group Ltd- Winners

The photo features (from left to right) :

Ken Wong, Instruments Development Manager Mast; Sarah Wallis, Sales Support Manager Mast; Sean Rose, Paralympian; Howard Rose, R&D Director Mast; Dr James Wilkie, CEO Birmingham Research Park

For more details of the awards and winners, please click here

The BioHub Birmingham Officially Opens!

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The BioHub Birmingham Launch
The doors to The BioHub Birmingham® officially opened on Tuesday 24th March to unveil the first purpose-built facility of its kind in the UK. The £7 million biomedical laboratory and innovation office based in Edgbaston’s Medical Quarter is set to bring a thriving concentration of biomedical entrepreneurs and start-up companies to the region, all looking for affordable space where they can research, complete proof of concept work and bring their innovative medical developments to market. The format of shared biomedical laboratory facilities with accompanying office space is based on the successful co-working concept of ‘plug-and-play’ biotech incubators that is emerging across the US. To mark the opening of the venture, Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, spoke about the importance of The BioHub Birmingham, stating that as part of “a core mission to translate the results of research and teaching into economic impact, the University of Birmingham has for many years been promoting and supporting entrepreneurship and enterprise activity by our students, staff and local business people."
Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham
“The opening of The BioHub is a significant milestone contributing to the growth of the life sciences sector in Birmingham and is a major new asset for the outstanding medical cluster here in Edgbaston, and the wider City region.” Councillor Tahir Ali from Birmingham City Council reiterated how the new facility was good news for Birmingham and would build on its reputation as a UK leader in biomedical innovation: “There’s a growing life science sector in the West Midlands, with over 850 science businesses in the region, a large medical school, and the city has a proven track record in clinical academic programmes and translational research. The BioHub is the latest project to spearhead the next step on linking innovators with medical experts and opportunities for clinical trials – all to better improve our healthcare. It’s putting Birmingham on a map internationally in a way that has never been done before.” George Freeman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Life Sciences sent a strong signal of support to The BioHub team and the broader Birmingham science cluster: “The truth is, that our life sciences in the UK goes further than the traditional ‘golden triangle’ of London, Oxford and Cambridge.  The work going on at The BioHub Birmingham is absolutely key to the success of our economy." He continued: “The multi-disciplinary convergence is really changing the life sciences landscape and examples like The BioHub create great opportunities for people to work together.”
The BioHub Birmingham Launch
After the unveiling of a special plaque by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham to commemorate the launch of the research facility, the 50 visitors including professors from the University of Birmingham were given a tour around the venue. The BioHub Birmingham is now open for prospective tenants, contact us for more information.

Glen Howells Discusses Birmingham’s Life Sciences Credentials

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This week, Birmingham-based architect Glen Howells gave a talk about the city's Life Sciences credentials as part of MIPIM 2015. Listen to what he had to say here:  

PharmaTV News discovers all about The BioHub at Biotrinity 2014!

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Learn more about The BioHub and BizzInn, in this interview with Helen Miller-Viney, Business Development Manager.  

The BioHub sponsors ‘Best Emerging Medtech Company’ award at the OBN Awards 2014

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On 2nd October 2014, The BioHub  attended OBN’s prestigious black tie Annual Awards Dinner, which celebrates achievements within the bioscience sector each year. Awards ranged from ‘Best Emerging Biotech Fundraiser’, to ‘Best Medtech Dealmaker’, with BioHub sponsoring the ‘Best Emerging Medtech Company’ award.