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May 05, 2014

20 European Biopharma Incubators

Find out where startups get started in the EU.

20 European Biopharma Incubators

Germany houses three incubators that are on this list, including one based in Leipzig. Learn more about them and others below. [© steschum - Fotolia.com]

  • Sweden

    Lund Life Science Incubator

    Address: Medicon Village, Scheelevägen 2 223 81 Lund

    Phone number: +46 (0)70 309 18 68

    Website: www.lundlsi.se

    Contact person: Örjan Norberg, CEO

    Space: Three-phase incubator program focused on startup, development and growth; square footage unavailable but focused on housing early-stage life sciences companies in specialties such as pharmaceutical, diagnostics, biotechnology, nanomedicine, chemistry, and materials as well as medical technology, nanotechnology, and food technology. Part of the Swedish national incubator program Business Incubation for Growth Sweden (B.I.G. Sweden), run by Almi Företagspartner.

    Number of companies: 22 companies listed online

    Resources: Access to all common facilities including conference rooms, meeting rooms, lunch rooms, and instrument lab with common instruments; guidance and training on instruments and management of regulations; coaching and providing decision support in business development and management functions; databases for analysis, patenting and chemical data; and agreements for discounted purchases of goods and services.

    Opened: 2007 as Ideon Bioincubator

    Uppsala Innovation Centre

    Mailing address: Uppsala Science Park SE-751 83 Uppsala, Sweden

    Visiting address: Dag Hammarskjölds väg 10 B, Uppsala, Sweden

    Phone number: +46 (0)18-477 04 40

    Website: www.uic.se/index.php?page=english

    Contact person: Per Bengtsson, CEO

    Space: Owned jointly by STUNS, Uppsala municipality, SLU Holding AB, and Uppsala University Holding Company (UUAB). Part of the Swedish national incubator program Business Incubation for Growth Sweden (B.I.G. Sweden), run by Almi Företagspartner. Square footage unavailable.

    Number of companies: Around 50 companies selected in 2011/2012

    Resources: Access to five different UIC Business programs (Start, Agile, Lab, Prep, and Accelerator), each suitable for businesses within different phases of idea commercialization. Access to about 50 business coaches, all connected to UIC and its virtual bioincubator, Uppsala BIO-X

    Opened: 2004

  • United Kingdom

    BioCity Group

    Website: www.biocity.co.uk

    Contact person: Glenn Crocker, D.Phil, CEO

    Number of companies: 89 companies and institutions listed online across all incubators

    BioCity Nottingham

    Address: Pennyfoot Street, Nottingham, NG1 1GF

    Phone number: 0115 912 4210

    Website: www.biocity.co.uk/locations/biocity-nottingham

    Contact person: Toby Reid, director

    Space: 129,000 square feet of small, flexible laboratory and office units, as well as and grow-on space for developing biotechnology and healthcare companies of between one and 80 employees. Four types of space available, including an Innovation Centre for early stage and smaller businesses, the Stewart Adams building for a range of businesses, particularly those with a focus on chemistry, and the Laurus building for larger businesses. Virtual tenancy for access to all BioCity offers, without having a physical lab or an office space.

    Number of companies: More than 70 resident companies and institutions

    Resources: Access to finance and funding capital; access to Biotel, a generically equipped laboratory suite within BioCity that can be leased on a daily basis by companies on or off-site, most commonly for research, demonstration or training purposes; and access to intranet, including a calendar of events and activities. Online advertising of job vacancies.

    Opened: 2003. BioCity Nottingham is a former BASF facility donated in 2001 to Nottingham Trent University, which joined with the University of Nottingham and East Midlands Development Agency to redevelop the site into the first BioCity incubator.

    BioCity Scotland

    Address: Bo'Ness Road, Newhouse, Lanarkshire, ML1 5UH (former MSD research facility at Newhouse)

    Phone number: 01698 539 607

    Website: www.biocity.co.uk/locations/biocity-scotland

    Contact person: Fraser Black, director

    Space: Joint venture with Roslin BioCentre. More than 130,000 square feet of high specification chemistry and biology laboratories and office space, available for rent to companies in the bioscience, pharmaceutical, medtech, and healthcare industries. Range of laboratory suites with offices for early-stage or smaller businesses, flexi-lab areas (either wet-lab, office or a combination) for larger businesses that can expand and are available in a range of fit-out options, custom-built spaces, and virtual tenancy offering access to BioCity services without having a physical lab or office space.

    Number of companies: 20 companies and institutions listed online

    Resources: Access to equipment available to rent, as well as a central lab services facility and meeting and conference facilities designed to accommodate events of up to 180 people.

    Opened: 2012

    BioCity MediCity

    Address: D6 Building West, Thane Road, Nottingham, NG90 6BH (site of former Boots International headquarters, within Nottingham Enterprise Zone)

    Phone number: +44 (0) 115 8961980

    Website: www.biocity.co.uk/locations/medicity

    Contact person: David Browning, director

    Space: Collaboration between Alliance Boots and BioCity. 100,000 square feet available designed for startups in diagnostics, as well as consumer healthcare, medical technology, and beauty products. Offices from 150 square feet to more than 1,000 square feet; smaller “pods” of 50 square feet. Virtual office package available for companies interested in establishing a commercial base in Nottingham, but are not yet ready to take on a physical laboratory or office.

    Number of companies: Five companies and service providers listed online

    Resources: Access to industry professionals, investment, specialist business support services, group purchasing scheme (OBN), Next-Business Generation (NBG) Accelerator program based at BioCity, events, internal newsletters and intranet, business support services, and on-site services that include lab service and access to meeting rooms at a 50% discount within the Meeting Space and access to informal meeting space.

    Opened: 2013

    BioHub at Alderley Park

    Address: Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK10 4TG

    Phone number: +44 (0) 1625 514000

    Website: www.biohubatalderley.co.uk

    Contact person: Ned Wakeman, BioHub director

    Space: Former AstraZeneca campus repositioned for early-stage and growing bioscience companies, managed on the company’s behalf by BioCity, and acquired March 2014 by Manchester Science Parks. 36,000 square feet of laboratory and office facilities in a range of sizes for early-stage and growing firms engaged in innovative drug discovery and development; virtual work space also available. AstraZeneca announced plans in January to expand BioHub into two further buildings totaling an additional 50,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

    Number of companies: 25 companies listed online

    Resources: Access to a program of business learning and networking events designed to strengthen the BioHub community. Onsite network of corporate partners. A group of local companies with expertise in the life science sector to offer BioHub tenants legal, IP, and accountancy support services. Communal meeting and social spaces within a modern atrium style facility.

    Opened: 2013

    Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centre

    Address: 1 Chapel Place, London, W1G OBJ

    Phone number: Inquiries are directed to [email protected]

    Website: www.jnjinnovation.com/global-innovation-centers/london

    Contact person: Patrick Verheyen, head

    Space: Focuses on accelerating early innovation and enhancing opportunities for collaboration and investment across J&J’s global pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics, and consumer healthcare businesses. London center is one of three existing J&J Innovation centers worldwide (the others are in Menlo Park, CA, with a satellite office in La Jolla, CA, and Cambridge, MA); a fourth J&J Innovation center is set to open later this year in Shanghai. Square footage unavailable.

    Number of companies: Two collaborations announced in January: J&J Innovation joined Bioceros on an agreement to license a monoclonal antibody directed at an undisclosed immune checkpoint modulator to J&J-owned Janssen Pharmaceuticals; J&J Innovation also joined Johnson & Johnson Development in an investment of an undisclosed amount in TopiVert, a company focused on developing topical medicines for inflammatory diseases of the gut and eye based on NSKI (narrow spectrum kinase inhibitor) technology.

    Resources: Access to house science and technology professionals with expertise in developing new products; access to business professionals with local capabilities to make deals and display flexibility in deal structures designed to match early-stage opportunities.

    Opened: 2013

    University of Manchester Innovation Centre (UMIC)

    Address: The Incubator Building, 48 Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9XX

    Phone number: 0161 606 7200

    Website: www.umic.co.uk

    Contact person: Yvonne Loughlin, head of UMIC

    Space: Campus consists of Manchester Incubator Building and Core Technology Facility (See below for both), as well as North Campus Incubator for high-tech companies established by the University of Manchester, and One Central Park, a joint venture between Manchester’s three universities, MANCAT and Manchester Science Park that offers higher education programs alongside opportunities for nurturing enterprise and growing businesses.

    Number of companies: 15 biotech companies among 66 tenants listed online

    Manchester Incubator Building

    Address: 48 Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9XX

    Website: www.umic.co.uk/locations/mancbio

    Space: 86,500 square feet of bioscience incubator facilities and related infrastructure. Lab space consists of 16 turnkey suites, each 1,000 square feet, comprising fitted out write-up and wet-lab areas, equipped for functioning at ACGM Containment Level 2 with the capability of conversion to Level 3. 

    Resources: Access to secondary support equipment, emergency generator and IT support. Conferencing and meeting room facilities including large informal interaction areas

    Opened: 1999 as Manchester Bioscience Incubator

    Core Technology Facility

    Address: 46 Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9NT

    Website: www.umic.co.uk/locations/coretech

    Space: 173,000 square feet of "grow-on" and incubation space for biotechnology and hi-tech start-ups or SMEs, to complement the existing successful Manchester Incubator Building. Four modular laboratories each 2,153 square feet comprising fitted out write-up and wet-lab areas, equipped for functioning at ACGM Containment Level 2 with the capability of conversion to Level 3. Four “flexi-lab” areas each with 5,380 square feet of grow-on space (either wet-lab, office or a combination of both).

    Resources: Access to Bioinformatics area for companies specializing in bioinformatics, medical informatics, and all forms of software/computing development and commercialization. Site facilities designed for a fully functional biotech, including shared secondary support equipment, emergency generator and IT support including broadband access. Office areas for SMEs and start-ups; a suite of meeting rooms capable of holding 8, 20, or 50 people; conferencing facilities available for booking by tenants or external users.

    Opened: 2006

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