A springboard to global growth
Andrew Cahn, UK Trade & Investment

Innovation: the business of shaping our world
David Golding, Technology Strategy Board

Going global
Jonathan Kestenbaum, NESTA

Diversity is good for innovation
Annette Williams, UKRC for Women in SET

Promoting physics supporting physicists
Institute of Physics

The cost-saving CEO
Taylor Wessing

The BIC network
UK Trade & Investment

Innovation inspires R&D tax relief



Addressing cross sectoral issues
Integrated Products Manufacturing KTN

Research Councils

Meeting the global challenge
Research Councils

The UK?s National Science and Innovation Campuses
Science & Technology Facilities Council

Aerospace & Defence

Enabling technology through innovative approaches
Aerospace & Defence KTN

Defence technologies for civilian applications
Ploughshare Innovations


Securing the future
Intellect Association for Biometrics


Supporting life sciences in the capital
London First

Tackling the threat of electronic crime
Cyber Security KTN


From invention to innovation
Electronics KTN

Grid Computing Now! KTN


A global fusion
UK Atomic Energy Authority

Design for a one planet economy
Giraffe Innovation

Managing carbon in the corporate and public sectors
Greenstone Carbon Management

Towards an energy efficient future
British Electrotechnical and Allied

Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) Home help
Energy Institute


Connecting people and technology
Health Technologies KTN

A centre of excellence for innovative translational research
University of Birmingham

Feeling your way to design success
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

University-industry collaborations
Imperial College London

Lost in translation
Pearson Matthews Innovation Consultants

Location and Timing

Location and Timing KTN
Intelligent Transport Systems

Mapping the route to intelligent transport systems deployment
Innovits KTN

Drive down fleet costs and reduce carbon emissions?
Energy Saving Trust

DRIVENet and sustainable vehicle engineering
Oxford Brookes University


Breaking the mould
Manufacturing Technologies Association

University of Nottingham

An innovative history
Scott Bader

Innovation for tomorrow?s built environment
Modern Built Environment KTN


Innovations in materials deliver value for money
Materials KTN


Nanotechnology in the UK
Nano KTN

Linking technology push with market pull

Running the risks
European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance

Nanofabrication solutions
Kelvin Nanotechnology

Innovative science for global applications
Oxford Instruments

Leading positive change for global industry
The Centre for Process Innovation


Making light work for industry
Photonics KTN


Unlocking the potential of the UK?s sensing community
Sensors & Instruments KTN


Investing in the future
Invest Northern Ireland

Ulster innovation delivering business success
University of Ulster

Focus: Northern Ireland

Belfast ? a city of creativity and innovation
Belfast City Council

A natural centre for innovation
London Development Agency

England?s East Midlands ? an innovative region
East Midlands Development Agency

Making it in Leeds
The City of Leeds

Collaboration in wireless technologies
Wireless Centre of Industrial Collaboration

Industrial Collaboration at the University of Leeds
Engineering Design CIC

One North East

Focus: North West of England

Connectivity, Catchment, Cost
St. Helens

Focus: South West of England

Be part of the equation
West of England Partnership

All change for Hastings
Innovation Centre Hastings

ITI Scotland


Raising the standards
UK Science Park Association

Special focus: collaboration
Edinburgh Science Triangle

Innovation: the key to economic growth
County Durham Development Company

Solutions across boundaries
Norwich Research Park

Partnership provides innovation success
Wolverhampton Science Park


The outsourcing advantage
Business Services Association

Fast start UK
Tenon Outsourcing

Inward investment trends

Divine intervention
British Business Angels Association

Know your rights
Intellectual Property Office

A perfect patent
Beresford & Co

Putting IP at the centre of business strategy
Cambridge Intellectual Property


Science lessons
GovNet Communications

Useful addresses



Supporting Life Sciences
in the capital

Not only is London a world-class destination for everything from finance to fashion, it is also a major bioscience hub. Dr Tony Jones, Director of Biotechnology and Healthcare at London First, looks at a new initiative to help new entrants and existing players find all the help they need to succeed in the industry

London is an established world-class destination for travel, art, culture, history, fashion, fine dining and business in general. It is also widely considered as the new financial capital of the world. Perhaps, because of these, the city is less well known as a major bioscience hub. But in fact, London hosts numerous national centres of medical excellence, such as Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Institute of Neurology and the National Heart and Lung Institute, as well as headquartering most life science funding bodies.

Additionally, London is home to no less than 28 higher education institutions, 55 hospitals and trusts, and five world-renowned medical schools. The sheer scale of the London offering makes it difficult to navigate, and hence in 2007, BioGuide London was conceived.

The BioGuide London project has been running for nearly a year now. It is the first co-ordinated effort to help existing players and new entrants to the London life science scene find free relevant information and contacts they need. These may be partnering and licensing opportunities, sources of grants and finance, available facilities, scientific experts or any other life science enquiry. The BioGuide London team links in with the UKTI, Think London and other agencies to provide tailored assistance to clients.

Recently, the first edition of The BioGuide ? the definitive source on life sciences in London ? was launched at the BIO 2008 convention in San Diego. The online version is to go live in August 2008.

A Centre of Biomedical Excellence

London is home to over 130 biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies working closely with institutions and associated organisations. It has also fostered some of the most important scientific advances in history. London continues this tradition of excellence as exemplified by its more recent accomplishments. In December 2006, the National Institute for Health Research created 11 biomedical research centres within leading NHS and university partnerships in England. The goals are to drive innovation in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and to translate research advances into patient benefits. As a result, five comprehensive and six specialist centres were chosen and of these, three and four came from London, respectively.

London is also home to 17 of the Medical Research Council?s centres, units and institutes ? more than any other city in the UK. These centres bring together the best of London?s clinicians and bench scientists to further understand mechanisms of disease; find useful biomarkers; and develop new modes of treatment.

Ground -breaking Translational Research

University College London (UCL) has an extensive history of high achievement, including 20 Nobel Prizes awarded to academics and graduates. Currently there is a range of ground-breaking research happening including the work of Professor Robin Ali who is undertaking a novel Gene Therapy Trial for inherited blindness in children. Dr Julie Daniels is developing an exciting new stem cell technology for corneal transplants.

Brunel University has a reputation for first-class research in subjects ranging from engineering to education, science to health, psychology to law, sport to business. Equipment designed in Brunel?s Institute for Bioengineering (BIB) has been used on several space shuttles and the MIR space station. The BIB is also home to top-quality research into advanced bio-processing, including novel liquidliquid chromatography technology. The campus is home to the world?s largest, made-to-spec, liquidliquid chromatography extraction machine, which is housed in a purpose-built facility.

Consistently rated amongst the world?s top universities, and attracting the most financial support from industry in the UK, Imperial College London has a reputation for world-class translational research, exemplified by Professors Ravinder Maini and Marc Feldmann who have made major breakthroughs in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Being the largest medical school in Europe, Imperial has also established itself as a world-class centre for medical imaging research, with one of the largest concentrations of state-of-the-art imaging equipment in Europe.

People often forget that discovery R&D is only half of the picture en route to developing a drug. Clinical trials comprise the other important half of the process and in this London excels. Over 60% of clinical trials in Europe are done in the UK with London being the major centre for such trials at major university hospitals.

The BioGuide London project has so far produced over 50 specific briefs on particular areas of London life sciences. These are either direct with an enquirer or channelled through the inward investment agencies. The detailed information held by the BioGuide London team is used to promote the sector and shed more light into the world-class research and activities in the capital.

Where to go for help

Details of all the companies, clinical trial centres and centres of excellence, among others, can be viewed in the new BioGuide London Directory at As well, if you have a specific enquiry, you may contact the team at .

The London Biotechnology Network (LBN) is a world-class networking hub with an extensive membership of over 2,000 individuals. Members can access contacts in all areas of the life sciences industry, plus learn about current industry challenges and trends at seminars and other special events.

For more information,
contact Dr Tony Jones on:
Tel: 020 7665 1403