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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

Located in 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. It houses over 5,000 people, working in some 225 organisations.

 

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

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.

Oxford Science Park

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.

Thames Valley Science Park (TVSP)

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.