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.  

Rightangled Ltd joins the BioHub

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We are delighted to welcome the Rightangled Ltd, a company developing a novel screening test, to the BioHub! The Innovators have the opportunity to work at the BioHub and have also joined the BizzInn community to receive intensive business development support and maximize their chances of commercial success.

Biohub: Few Last Lab Benches

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We have a few remaining all inclusive/flexible terms lab benches available for rent, please contact Ewa e.g.truchanowicz@bham.ac.uk for more information.

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: statisticstraininguk@btinternet.com

“The Right Approach”

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An independent report has recently concluded that 'The BioHub can be regarded as the right approach, in the right location at the right time.'

The report, by well respected firm ERS Ltd;  specialists in Research and Consultancy, covers many aspects of The Biomedical Innovation Hub (The BioHub) project, including strategy, delivery and impact . The project, which was delivered by the University of Birmingham with project partners Alta Innovations and Birmingham Research Park Ltd, was funded by the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council and ERDF.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, Professor Sir David Eastwood, welcomed the report as a very encouraging and supportive review, saying “The BioHub makes a significant contribution to the growth of the life sciences sector in Birmingham and is a major asset for the outstanding medical cluster here in Edgbaston, and the wider City region.”

A number of recommendations were made with the purpose of continuing the impetus that that has been achieved so far, and in particular to maintain engagement with all stakeholders.

ERS conclude that 'The BioHub has provided a bridge between university laboratory space and businesses own, standalone premises, at a reasonable rent. This enables increased cash flow, therefore supporting the growth of new companies. In addition The BioHub has raised the profile of the life sciences sector in Birmingham, in that it provides a tangible space that can be seen and touched, adding a reality to the range of strategies and plans for the sector currently under development.'

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University success at Biotechnology YES

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Algagen 1

A team of PhD students from the University of Birmingham, have won the prize for ‘Best IP strategy’ at the finals of a national business start-up competition, sponsored by Potter Clarkson LLP, worth £500. The Biotechnology YES (Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme) aims to find the entrepreneurial scientists of the future.

The postulated company Algagen fended off stiff competition from other teams at the 2015 UK finals, to win the prize for their best consideration of IP.

The prize was awarded for the team’s investment pitch for Algamix, an algae-based swine feed supplement engineered to express antibodies targeting the leading causes of swine mortality.  Algamix significantly reduces pig mortality and enhances farm productivity whilst simultaneously permitting elimination of prophylactic antibiotics which are contributing to a global crisis in antibiotic resistance.

Niall Gilding, Managing Director of Algagen commented “We are thrilled to win a prize – the standard of the competition was extremely high and this success is a recognition of all the hard work the team put in”.

“We are extremely grateful to several people at the University of Birmingham - particularly at Alta Innovations and The BioHub on Birmingham Research Park – for so generously donating their time and advice whilst we shaped our business plan”.

Biotechnology YES is an annual business plan competition designed to raise awareness of science commercialisation amongst junior researchers.  Organised by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and The University of Nottingham, Biotechnology YES is now in its 20th year and attracts significant support from industrial partners including GSK, Unilever and Syngenta.

The BioHub attends BIO-Europe 2015 partnering conference

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  • 19,153 scheduled one-to-one meetingsBIO-Europe 2015 Exhibition web article picture
  • 4,358 licensing opportunities were posted
  • 3,520 delegates
  • 1,886 companies
  • 162 company presentations
  • 97 exhibitors
  • 55 countries

BIO-Europe, Europe's largest partnering conference serving the global biotechnology industry, took place in Munich, Germany between 2nd – 4th November. Our stand was on the UK BioPartner pavilion which showcased many UK biotech SMEs and provided a lively base for all UK delegates. It provided an excellent platform at which to promote The BioHub Birmingham® and meet with delegates from around the globe.

In addition to productive partnering meetings, BIO-Europe offered high level workshops, panels, company presentations, and a lively exhibition. The program offered executive level panellists who openly shared their insight and opinion on many important industry issues. The company presentation sessions provided a forum for innovative start-ups, established biotech companies, and large and midsize pharma to present information on products, partnering opportunities and corporate strategy. Over 150 biotech, midsize pharma, next generation and academic-phase companies presented.

chocolate model of Cologne Cathedral

Our joint participation with the BioPartner UK Delegation enabled some high quality interaction between UK companies in our sector and a great relationship building environment. The Scottish whisky tasting proved particularly popular with all conference attendees! Networking events gave us a chance to see some of the popular cultural venues in the centre of the city, such as the Munich Residenz and Löwenbräukeller.

We attended the Council for European BioRegions (CEBR) workshop which included presentations on biocluster experience and ambitions from around the world, by new, as well as established clusters. International bioclusters were very well represented in the Exhibition area too and made for an interesting browsing experience, with a ‘guess the weight’ competition of a chocolate model of Cologne Cathedral, Japanese origami models and our own brain-shaped stress balls proving very popular!

All in all it was a very busy and productive few days for us!

BIO-Europe 2016 will be in Cologne, Germany on 7-9th November, further information will be posted shortly on the BioEurope website.

Linear Diagnostics Ltd featured in Professor Stephen Hawking TV programme

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(The device displaying results via computer)

Dr Matt Hicks and Professor Tim Dafforn feature in an episode of the programme series 'Stephen Hawking's Science Of The Future'. This particular episode showcases five 'game changing innovations' inspired by nature. Linear Diagnostics' reader to detect deadly e-coli bacteria is one of these innovations, which can be viewed at 25min 30secs. In the programme Professor Hawking explains that "nature's most ingenious solutions are inspiring ground-breaking innovations".

Professor Dafforn describes the technology behind their device and how they have re-engineered a completely inert virus and added an antibody to it, which then becomes a virus which hunts down bacteria. When the virus hits bacteria it binds around it so you can tell there is a pathogen there. Dr Hicks then goes on to demonstrate this with the device, testing if deadly bacteria is present in seconds. The exciting prospect for the reader is that it can be downsized to a hand-held device and developed for different types of bacteria, diagnosing deadly viruses in seconds and in the future could be used in hospitals, surgeries and out in the field. Find out more information on Linear Diagnostics Ltd.

Talking Biomedical and Business with local MP Gisela Stuart

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Gisela Stuart news story

Gisela Stuart, MP for Birmingham, Edgbaston, since 1997, recently visited The BioHub and BizzInn to learn more about our fully serviced laboratory and business support services. Ms Stuart has taken a keen interest in the development of Birmingham Research Park over the years and has visited several times previously. On this occasion Dr James Wilkie, Director of Research and Innovation services at the University of Birmingham and Helen Miller-Viney, Business Development Manager at The BioHub, accompanied Gisela on the tour and introduced her to Dr Matt Hicks, Chief Technology Officer of Linear Diagnostics Ltd, who have bench space in The BioHub, and BizzInn tenants RealTag, who are developing anti-counterfeiting technology via smartphone platforms.

Abingdon Health Win Best UK Medtech Dealmaker at OBN Annual Awards 2015

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Award 8 Winner - Abingdon Health

Abingdon Health Ltd, the specialist rapid diagnostic technology company, is pleased to announce it has won the Best UK Medtech Dealmaker at the OBN Annual Awards held on Thursday 1st October, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The Awards, which are in their 7th year, celebrate outstanding achievement in the UK life sciences sector.

The award, received by CEO Chris Yates, recognises the company’s successful acquisition of the optical detection company Molecular Vision Ltd, as part of its strategy to become a leading technology based diagnostic company.

Abingdon Health is focused on providing rapid and near-patient medical diagnostic testing solutions. The company is developing a multiplexed immunoassay system based on fully disposable medical diagnostics for the rapid testing market. The device uses organic light emitting diodes (OLEDS) and organic photodetectors (OPDs) for versatile and quantitative optical detection in a portable and disposable format.

Chris Yates, Chief Executive of Abingdon Health, commented: “We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of our acquisition of Molecular Vision. The Molecular Vision technology provides Abingdon Health with a great opportunity to build a next generation rapid testing platform that offers portable, connected, cost effective and multiplexed immunoassay testing”.