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Babraham Research Campus

  • Leading hub of biomedical innovation in the Cambridge area and UK
  • Plays a key role supporting the region's life-sciences network and early-stage biomedical enterprises

National research and innovation campus

On the Campus excellent basic bioscience researchers are co-located with growing biotechnology enterprises. This ensures that newly established and growing spin-out companies and SMEs have access to world-leading researchers and facilities, and drives excellent research into application.

Scientists conduct life sciences research to generate new knowledge of biological mechanisms underpinning lifelong health and wellbeing, particularly in the areas of cell signalling, immunology, neuroscience and epigenetics

Investment project

In 2011, the Government awarded BBSRC £44M to invest in the Campus to deliver innovation from the research base, generate economic growth and create jobs.

The investment will help to create and support new companies and jobs based on world-leading bioscience. Developments to the Campus include:

  • A fifth new bioincubator building
  • Two follow-on laboratory/office buildings (one Chemistry, one Biology)
  • New Central Scientific Services Building
  • Improvements to infrastructure including roads and utilities 
  • New composting facility

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Projects completed

  • An extension to the car park opened in October 2011
  • New bioincubator building – B280 Moneta – completed in March 2012 and officially opened by David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, in May 2012. Currently 96% occupied by 18 companies (May 2013)
  • Composting facility completed and fully operational May 2012
  • On-site infrastructure improvements, including new electric and water mains, completed September 2012
  • New follow-on laboratory (chemistry) building B910 – The Jonas Webb Building – completed in March 2013 and to be officially opened in June 2013. With 20,000ft2 of laboratory and office space, the building is 50% occupied by Cancer Research Technology Ltd, and total occupancy is expected to be at 80% by the end of June 2013

Projects underway

  • B580 – Scientific and technical Services building – construction started in April 2013, due for completion March 2014
  • B730 (Biological Support Unit) Extension – construction started in February 2013, due for completion March 2014
  • B930 – New Follow-on Laboratory Building (Biology), due for completion mid-2014