Our business accommodation, including BizzInn and BioHub located at Birmingham Research Park on the University campus offers purpose built accommodation for companies seeking to work in research, development and training. Below are examples of how organisations have benefitted from our business space to help drive forward ideas and transform innovation to enterprise.
University of Birmingham spinout company, Linear Diagnostics Ltd has recently moved into The BioHub Birmingham®.
Linear Diagnostics is a specialist diagnostic company, established by BioScience Ventures Ltd, a joint venture between Abingdon Health and the University of Birmingham, and was spun-out of research at the University to commercialise a rapid diagnostic platform technology.
The technology was invented by Professor Tim Dafforn and Dr Matt Hicks from the School of Biosciences and their experience includes research into biophysical spectroscopy, DNA-drug interactions, fibrous protein structure, peptide-lipid interactions and synthetic biology.
As the work became more commercially orientated - leaning towards medical development rather than research - the team needed somewhere with more biological equipment. The BioHub, right on the doorstep of the University, was the perfect choice.
Dr Matt Hicks
CTO, Linear Diagnostics
“The shared facilities make access to high-spec, specialist and larger equipment affordable – and with the meeting rooms and office space all under one roof, it’s a great set-up. With the University and Queen Elizabeth hospital so close on our door step, we have access to world-class experts, as well as opportunities for ideas sharing and co-development work with PhD secondments.”
BizzInn tenant Serviceteam IT has been able to grow from one individual to a team of three, with a further three additional staff predicted in the short-term. Turnover for the current financial year is expected to be four times that generated in the year prior to BizzInn support and Sebastian Jesson-Ward, founder of Serviceteam IT, attributes 100% of this rapid growth to the support received through BizzInn. Serviceteam IT was founded in 2011 when Sebastian saw a gap in the market, helping growing companies that need dependable and secure IT and communications networks without sacrificing the flexibility that keeps them competitive.
Sebastian cites office space in the BizzInn as being particularly beneficial to Serviceteam IT, but also notes that additional elements such as access to the University of Birmingham specialist business support and academic expertise, were invaluable.
He describes that a wider spectrum of support has been made available, with the BioHub facility acting as a ‘fantastic conduit for expertise’.
Founder and Director, Serviceteam IT
“I can’t speak highly enough of the BizzInn team, and Serviceteam IT wouldn’t be where it is without their support.”