Innovation and Entrepreneurship

There has never been a better time to pursue commercialisation of research, and there is no better place than the Wellcome Genome Campus to harness the intellectual property (IP) of genomics.

Already, venture capitalists and large companies are recognising our potential for rapid development of ideas and the expertise of our scientists in a setting of world class facilities and knowledge here in Hinxton. Commercial enterprises are co-locating here and embedding staff within the Campus Institutes to harness the value in collaboration and knowledge sharing.

At the Wellcome Genome Campus we have a culture where innovation is seen as an extension of our science, rather than just a revenue generator. Our academic researchers are encouraged to maximise the potential of their IP through partnerships with industry, and they are supported by mentors from industry. Alongside regular scientific activity, creating or working for a company is seen as a mark of success and offers the opportunity for academics to work with some of the best business minds in the world.

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Innovation Case Studies

As well as academic success, our results are evidenced by the new scientific ground that we break, by the new learning, technology, and know-how that we develop. This is largely due to our ability to scale-up research ideas whilst maintaining scientific excellence, and the fact that we are free to pursue any avenue of life science exploration that we feel is important to the future of humanity. Our Technology Translation Team on Campus has supported many such projects. Read our case studies to find out more.

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Academia and industry working together

The Campus is a collaborative global hub bringing together institutes and industry. Companies are locating their teams here on Campus in the BioData Innovation Centre, our industry partners and investors are working with us on many collaborative projects and spin-outs to help transform healthcare.

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DNA bases are output by the Sequencing Centre every day


our Sequencing Centre provided the equivalent of gold-standard (30x) human genomes a week

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full-text articles with links to underlying data are available on EMBL-EBI's free biomedical literature resource, Europe PMC

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every 17 minutes we read the equivalent of a single gold-standard (30x) human genome

Jeff Barratt Open Targets

Pharmaceutical companies urgently need to improve their success rate in developing new drugs and are increasingly realising that the fastest route to success is through collaboration. Open Targets is a public-private initiative: we're trying to eliminate barriers by having scientists from academia and industry work side by side to translate genomic discoveries into new medicines.

Jeff Barrett, Former Director of Open Targets and Group Leader, Wellcome Sanger Institute

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The Wellcome Genome Campus is the largest hub for genomics research, bioinformatics, and associated commercial and engagement activities, in the world.

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