Cambridge Biomedical Campus at our January 2024 forum
Newnham College, Cambridge, at night (Courtesy Newnham College / Walters & Cohen)
Future Cities Forum is delighted that Nick Kirby, Managing Director, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, will be joining our 'Science Cites' discussion event at Newnham College Cambridge this January 2024.
Before joining Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Nick was Executive Director of Strategy & Major Projects for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and prior to that, Managing Director at UCL Health Alliance.
The Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC) is located at the heart of the UK’s and Europe’s leading life sciences cluster. It is a vibrant, international healthcare community and a global leader in medical science, research, education and patient care.
By locating world-leading academic and industry scientists on the same site as the teaching hospitals of the University of Cambridge, it says it is creating the optimum environment for the rapid and effective translation of research into routine clinical practice:
'We succeed because of the strength of our ecosystem which allows ideas to develop and flourish. We have the physical space to accommodate new and expanding companies and the international connections to be the global hub for content and research.
'The emerging spatial framework represents an important step in realising the whole-campus vision for coherent growth, shared campus amenities and greater environmental quality – the first time a holistic approach has been taken to campus development. It was informed by engagements with community representatives, campus members and landowners, as well as with officers from Greater Cambridge Shared Planning.
'The Cambridge Biomedical Campus combines world-class biomedical research, patient care and education on a single site. Now undergoing a major expansion that includes the co-location of companies alongside the existing 17,500-strong community of healthcare professionals and research scientists, the Campus is on track to becoming one of the leading biomedical centres in the world by 2020.
'As the largest employment site in Cambridge – encompassing renowned and much loved hospitals – we are focused on ensuring patients benefit from the campus’ world-leading research. The international nature of the collaborations cut across traditional boundaries to allow us to work together on care, research and training. Our success is based on everyone’s willingness to unite to exert a powerful global influence as the Campus attracts world-class companies, investment and talent to Cambridge with the aim of improving healthcare and knowledge.
'Nowhere in the UK and rarely across the world do you find this unique set of conditions. We have the physical space to accommodate expansion and the international connections to be the global hub for content and research. The site has planning permission to house an additional 75,000 sq m – the equivalent of 14 Wembley pitches – of new clinical and science related business.'
Below: aerial view of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (courtesy CBC)