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16 DECEMBER 2020

Colour changing tech will remind users when to change face masks

02 DECEMBER 2020

ILC Therapeutics announces first international investment

11 NOVEMBER 2020

Pharm2Farm develops antiviral coating for face masks

03 NOVEMBER 2020

ILC Therapeutics announces ‘significant’ Covid-19 drug breakthrough

21 JULY 2020

PhysioWizard tackles back pain as remote working takes its toll

26 JUNE 2020

Phenotypeca win IUK grant for the ‘rapid response to covid-19’ competition

23 JUNE 2020

ILC Therapeutics partners with University of ST Andrews on COVID-19 drug

12 MAY 2020

Expert CROs  at BioCity Nottingham join forces

20 APRIL 2020

Footfalls and Heartbeats Masks launch for the masses

15 APRIL 2020

BioAscent proud to support COVID-19 response

03 APRIL 2020

How BioCity based Sygnature Discovery is working on discovering drugs to battle coronavirus

03 APRIL 2020

BioAscent partner with the Scottish Government and the University of Dundee to establish major new COVID-19 testing facility

From BioCity

20 AUGUST 2020

BioCity and Opportunity North East (one) launches a new life sciences business programme in partnership

01 JULY 2020

BioCity signs Time To Change Employer Pledge

06 DECEMBER 2019

BioCity-based businesses triumph up at Medilink East Midlands Business Awards 2019.

11 OCTOBER 2019

BioCity hosts Ada Lovelace day to inspire the next generation of female stem scientists

01 OCTOBER 2019

BioCity Accelerator alumni take top prizes at this year’s Converge Challenge

BioCity invests in tech start-up INCUS Performance.

02 MAY 2019

BioCity invests in tech start-up Incus Performance.

24 APRIL 2019

BioCity invests in carbon recycling start-up, Deep Branch Biotechnology

17 JULY 2019

BioCity & Oxford AHSN partner to accelerate life science businesses in the golden triangle.

08 FEBRUARY 2019

BioCity appointed to run life science business accelerator in Newcastle

21 JANUARY 2019

BioCity receives investment from BGF and BSI

From The Collective


MediCity based NuVision to cut hospital waiting lists with new products

11 AUGUST 2020

Footfalls develops shoe upper that measures gait via knitted sensors

22 JULY 2020

Locate Bio raises £2.25m for new spinal treatments

29 APRIL 2020

Accelerator alumni Myndr receives £300k investment from Innovate UK to expand its proposition

09 APRIL 2020

BioCity Glasgow based Amphista Therapeutics raises $7.5m series a round

10 JANUARY 2020

Synova invests in Charnwood Molecular

07 JANUARY 2020

Novosound named in top ten Scottish digital and science start-ups to watch in 2020

19 DEC 2019

BioAscent scientists help identify potential new treatments for cancer

26 NOVEMBER 2019

Scot Bio biotech firm secures £2m-plus in funding deal


Worn Again Technologies breaks boundaries, raising £5 million investment, accelerating it to market

09 OCTOBER 2019

Biogelx and 3D Biotechnology Solutions announce collaboration to offer complete, tissue specific bioprinting solutions

25 JUNE 2019

Richard Weaver wins IoD East Midlands Director of the Year Award

09 APRIL 2019

New experimental packaging made out of waste langoustine shells shown to the Prince of Wales

27 MARCH 2019

Solaris Technology moves into BioCity after £250,000 funding deal

21 FEBRUARY 2019

CuanTec announce Sky Ocean Ventures as major new partner to investor portfolio

14 FEBRUARY 2019

Deep Branch Biotechnology part of Forbes 30 Under 30 manufacturing & industry 2019


AUGUST 11 2019

2020 Is now a good time to start a business? Pro con list.

21 April 2020

50 Years of Earth Day

09 DECEMBER 2019

New UKSPA Chairman DR Glenn Crocker MBE on the sector’s rapidly changing landscape

15 NOVEMBER 2019

Five years on at BioCity Glasgow


Produced biennially, the BioCity UK Life Science Start-up Report delves into the wider landscape of life-science start-ups and business incubators.

BioCity invests in tech start-up INCUS Performance.

23 OCTOBER 2019

Angels join the ranks of the BioCity Collective

02 MAY 2019

The rights and wrongs of life science entrepreneurship. why the BioCity accelerator programme wants to help you get it wrong.

18 April 2019

Accelerator vs. incubator? what’s the difference and does it matter?

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Home to more than 200 companies, BioCity is a pioneering life science incubator and business collective.


Not the typical business incubator, BioCity takes a holistic approach to business support. Offering entrepreneur coaching, investment, flexible lab and office space and PAYG services within a UK-wide business collective.


Founded in 2002 by the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, BioCity originated in a former BASF Pharma research facility in Nottingham city centre.


In 2012 BioCity acquired the MSD research facility in Newhouse near Glasgow to create Glasgow, BioCity. This was closely followed by a second site in Nottingham, MediCity, which is located on the Boots campus and is a collaboration with Walgreens Boots Alliance. In 2016 the Newhouse site was further expanded to create Glasgow, MediCity. BioCity also operates at Alderley Park, Cheshire, Aberdeen and Newcastle.


The company has made 29 investments in early stage companies and has delivered a healthy growth in portfolio valuation. Funds are deployed from its own cash reserves and from a joint venture vehicle with AstraZeneca which BioCity manages.


In 2017, BioCity was identified as one of Europe’s fastest growing companies in the Financial Times’ FT 1000 report. The BioCity model of ‘support from inception to incorporation’ initially challenged the industry standard but quickly became the industry leader due to the unprecedented survival rates of BioCity based businesses.


BioCity is a pioneering life science incubator and business collective. Where ideas become reality, investment flows and businesses succeed.




BioCity was founded in 2002 when the concept of a business incubator offering 360° support within a self-contained location was unheard of. But a small team of dedicated people fought hard to turn that idea into reality. A reality now replicated throughout the UK.

Never limited to the standard business ‘incubator’ model, BioCity has grown alongside the businesses who call us home.

Our community has become a UK-wide business collective. From our locations we now provide entrepreneur coaching and investment alongside rentable lab and office space and PAYG services.

But we’re not finished yet. We work tirelessly for the pioneers who call us “home”, “coach” and “investor”, helping ideas out of the lab and into the world.


Even more than this, to our companies, we are a cheerleader, a critical friend & a collaborator.




Entrepreneurs, investors, experts, academics, industries and associations come together at BioCity. Creating a UK-wide business collective.

We surround businesses with people who share a common goal with us and with each other – to help science entrepreneurs tackle global challenges. Individuals with diverse expertise, experience and resources who can open the doors, make the introductions and identify the opportunities; that help businesses grow.

Allowing even the smallest of ventures to be part of, and do something, big.


Because there’s more to life (sciences) than labs, BioCity takes a holistic approach.



Not just for start-ups and spin-offs, we coach entrepreneurialism at every stage from idea to exit. Advocates of the Lean Start-Up method, we help businesses get off the ground and continue to grow, entrepreneurially.



Our panel of investment experts is adept at spotting the ‘ones to watch’, investing in promising entrepreneurs and early stage ventures with real potential.

Seed capital
Convertible loans for very early-stage ventures to help get them off the ground.

We identify opportunities and invite High Net Worth Individuals and sophisticated investors to co-invest in growing businesses, alongside us.



Part of the BioCity Collective, the Expert Network are altruistic individuals our entrepreneurs can call upon for help.

They are leaders of industry, working at the highest levels in the areas of commercial science (regulatory, safety and toxicology, finance, legal, acquisition etc.) that life science entrepreneurs will tackle at some point.



Easy-in easy-out leases allow businesses to scale-up and down for new projects and new people; without the risk.

To support the science: uninterruptible power supplies, access card security systems, air handling systems and cryostorage. Class1 and class2 labs, GCP and GMP suites alongside office and co-working spaces.

To support the people: coffee houses, yoga classes, work perks and socials.



To lessen operational costs and capital expenditure, we provide services, resources and equipment on a pay-as-you-go basis.

  • Laboratory services
  • Equipment rental
  • Business services
  • Engineering
  • Meeting rooms & event spaces