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Innovation Hubs

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

Mike Moran, Chief Executive Officer of Proton Partners International, said:


“Reading is the perfect location for our third centre – it is close to well-connected transport links and opens the door to proton beam therapy to patients from the South of England. By being located at the Science Park in Reading, Proton Partners will be at the heart of one of most exciting and thriving projects in the health and life sciences sector in Europe.”

Harwell Campus is a science and innovation district, with world-class facilities and unrivalled access to open source national laboratories and super computing resources. The 710-acre campus in Oxfordshire is a unique place helping to fire the next generation of technology across many sectors, including science, space, life sciences and advanced materials. Over 5,000 people, working in some 200 organisations, are part of Harwell’s vibrant, fast-growing community. Many of them utilise the large “open access” facilities, such as the Diamond Light Source Synchrotron and the Central Laser Facility’s “Octopus” for drug discovery and the development of biocompatible materials.


In September 2017, Harwell launched its new Life Science Brochure, with the ambition for its ‘health-tech’ cluster to be ‘a world-leading healthcare innovation hub, founded on inter-disciplinary collaboration between physical and life sciences’. The driving objective is to ‘exploit Harwell’s unique combination of facilities and highly skilled people to boost healthcare growth and innovation.’


Milton Park, a premium business park, also in Oxfordshire, is home to one of the largest UK concentrations of life science and pharma businesses. One of the organisations based there is Oxford Biotech Network, a not-for-profit membership organisation supporting and bringing together the UK’s innovative life sciences companies, corporate partners and investors. Its 400-plus member companies are located throughout the Golden Triangle and beyond.


Begbroke Science Park, situated south of Oxford Airport, 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 embodies their commitment to promoting the county as a hub for knowledge-intensive activities. Facilitating interaction between industry and learning to produce new synergies, Begbroke supports entrepreneurs as they translate those synergies into innovations that meet tomorrow’s industrial challenges. Plans to expand Begbroke Science Park have recently been approved by the district council’s planning committee.


Created in 1991, Oxford Science Park, which is owned and managed by Magdalen College Oxford, is one of Oxford’s oldest and most famous colleges with a tradition of academic excellence and entrepreneurship. The Park upholds the college’s heritage and provides one of the most influential science, technology and business environments in the UK. More than 2,500 people in over 70 companies, ranging from start-ups to SMEs and multi-national organisations are based there, including Oxford Academic Health Science Network. This organisation brings together universities, industry and the National Health Service in a region of three million people to improve health and prosperity through clinical innovation.


Oxford University Innovation (OUI) supports Oxford University’s researchers, staff and students in applying their expertise for wider social and economic benefit. A total of 21 spinouts were created in 2018, with 160 created altogether since OUI opened in 1987. Typically, the organisation has supported the creation of regular start-up businesses and spinouts. However, OUI has recently launched support for the formation of a third type of organisation – impact-driven companies that have the profit generation strategies of a business – otherwise known as social enterprises. Some of the projects OUI will support include Greater Change and mobile and VR-based lifesaving emergency instruction platform LIFE.


Thames Valley Science Park, located along the M4 corridor in Berkshire, is owned and developed by the University of Reading, offering 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. A 50-acre site, with outline planning consent for 800,000 sq ft, ensures that the Park offers huge opportunities to create bespoke office or R&D buildings.


cancer treatment centre featuring some of the UK’s first proton beam treatments is set to be located there. Run by Proton Partners International, it will offer patients radiotherapy, imaging, chemotherapy, wellbeing services and proton beam therapy. It is expected that this facility will be completed and open in mid-2018.


More information on Thames Valley Science Park can be found here.