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Innovation Hubs

The Thames Valley is home to a number of science innovation ‘hubs’ and centre of excellence facilities.

Harwell Campus, Oxford

Located in Didcot, Oxfordshire, Harwell Campus is a science and innovation district, with world-class facilities, such as the Diamond Light Source Synchrotron and the Central Laser Facility’s “Octopus” and unrivalled access to open source national laboratories and super computing resources.


In just five years, the HealthTec Cluster at Harwell has tripled in size, creating more than 700 new jobs. The cluster is now home to more than 66 organisations, which employ more than 1,250 people.


The strength of its ‘HealthTec’ cluster is highlighted in its Life Science Brochure, which outlines its ambition to be ‘a world-leading healthcare innovation hub, founded on inter-disciplinary collaboration between physical and life sciences’.

Harwell Campus is an established and important hub for the very best of European space and science technology. The European Space Agency’s decision to base itself there underlines the quality of the facility and shows the high regard that the industry has for Harwell. I’m delighted to see it first hand and be part of its success. It’s always exciting to visit Harwell campus, I can’t wait to be back.

Major Tim Peake, Astronaut

Hub for Life Sciences

Harwell Campus was designated a Life Sciences Opportunity Zone by the UK Government in 2020, one of only seven in the UK. This perfectly positions the Campus to attract investment to the sector, establish trade agreements and provide a launch platform for companies.


The Cluster is a network of experienced scientists with cutting edge facilities to tackle some of the most pressing issues in life sciences. The environment created by the cluster allows researchers and industry professionals to share expertise and skills easily, creating impactful progress for the entire sector.

The Harwell HealthTec Cluster plays a pivotal role in the ground-breaking innovation that leads to better outcomes for patients across the country. Not only has it created hundreds of new jobs, but it has also brought in significant inward investment to the UK.

Nadhim Zahawi, UK Vaccines Minister

The Bayer LifeHub UK

The LifeHub UK is an artificial intelligence focused innovation space by Bayer that aims to brings the UK scientific community together to network, learn and collaborate.


Located in Bayer’s UK Headquarters in Green Park (Reading), the LifeHub UK is the latest addition to its global network of innovation hotspots.

The focus of the LifeHub UK is connecting with the community through networking, mentoring and meetups, with open and transparent discussions about leading AI applications and other digital technologies, as well as, exploring impactful outcomes by collaborating with customers, entrepreneurs and innovators within the local community while building new skills and business models.

Click HERE to be a part of LifeHub UK, and to find out more.

Begbroke Science Park


Situated south of Oxford Airport, Begbroke is a cross-departmental research facility with office/laboratory space for 20 research groups and 30 high-tech science-based businesses, a conference venue and a business training centre. Owned by the University of Oxford, it facilitates interaction between industry and learning to produce new synergies and supports entrepreneurs as they translate those synergies into innovations that meet tomorrow’s industrial challenges.

Milton Park


Also in Oxfordshire, Milton Park is a globally recognised science and business park, home to more than 250 businesses and 9,000 people. One of the largest UK concentrations of life science and pharma businesses, organisations based there include Ipsen, Isansys and Oxford Biotech Network. The latter a not-for-profit membership organisation, supporting and bringing together the country’s innovative life sciences companies, corporate partners and investors.

The Park is owned and managed by Magdalen College Oxford, one of the university’s oldest and most famous colleges with a tradition of academic excellence and entrepreneurship.


Providing one of the most influential science, technology and business environments in the UK, Oxford Science Park is home to more than 2,500 people in over 70 companies, ranging from start-ups to SMEs and multi-national organisations. Examples include Oxford Academic Health Science Network, which brings together universities, industry and the National Health Service in a region of three million people to improve health and prosperity through clinical innovation.

Owned and developed by the University of Reading, TVSP offers access to the University’s infrastructure, support from Henley Business School, and interaction and collaboration opportunities with other companies in the life sciences and technology sectors.


It was recently officially opened and, once fully developed, will be amongst the largest dedicated science parks in the region, delivering approximately 800,000 sq ft of flexible laboratory and office space and providing up to 5,000 new jobs.


More information can be found here.

Expanding from Westcott Venture Park, Westcott Innovation Centre (WIC) offers a flexible facility with access to office space, meeting rooms and specialist equipment for light mechanical engineering and rapid prototyping activities.


It is a new facility that will occupy 1,200m2 , located in Buckinghamshire Aylesbury Enterprise Zone. The new centre is located off the A41 which provides direct, fast connections to the UK’s motorway networks. WIC aims to provide new businesses the opportunity to establish a presence in Westcott and achieve business growth.


More information can be found HERE.