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Venturefest West Midlands set to boost growth for the region's brightest science and tech innovators

For the fourth year, Venturefest West Midlands will be providing an arena for the region’s brightest entrepreneurs, innovators and investors to grow and collaborate whilst exploring new products and services.

Tailored for growth-focused businesses in the science and technology sector, the single-day event will be taking place on Thursday 27th September at Innovation Birmingham’s iCentrum facility.

NETPark firm wins multi-million investment for pioneering drug

Image: Janet Todd (left) Manager of NETPark with Dr Stuart Cockerill, ReViral

A PIONEERING biotechnology firm will start the next phase of clinical trials of its antiviral drug early next year after winning US$55 million from US and European investors.

BioCity makes senior Board appointment at time of growth

Image: (left) Dr John Brown, Chair of BioCity group and Stuart Henderson

BioCity, the Nottingham-headquartered life sciences incubation business, has appointed Stuart Henderson to the Board to help drive its growth and further strengthen its connections within the life sciences sector.

Unique 26,000 sq ft sports engineering facility to open at Silverstone Park

Aerodynamics specialist TotalSim has chosen Silverstone Park to develop a new 26,000 sq ft state-of-the-art sports engineering facility which it believes will have “global appeal”.

The exciting project – named the Silverstone Sports Engineering Hub – benefits from a £2m BTVLEP grant and will comprise two wind tunnels: one for cycling and other sports such as wheelchair athletics, speed-skating, skeleton and running; the other for testing fabrics.

Offices, design studios and workshops for production, prototyping and testing will also be included.

Stevenage Bioscience Catalysts tenants, Ossianix sign agreement with Novo Nordisk

PHILADELPHIA, PA, USA: Ossianix, Inc. today announced a research collaboration and option agreement with Novo Nordisk to deliver therapeutic molecules in diabetes and other metabolic diseases across the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) to the brain.

Ocean Village Innovation Centre, Southampton reaches 92% occupancy

Image: A warm welcome from Stephen Deller, the centre manager at Ocean Village Innovation Centre, Southampton

A series of summer signings has seen an innovation centre for small-to-medium sized enterprises in the South record 92% occupancy.

Of the 70 offices at Ocean Village Innovation Centre, Southampton, just five are available.

The Art of Business - at Base Bordon Innovation Centre

ART OF BUSINESS: Celebrating the unveiling of commissioned artwork by illustrator Lydia Fee at BASE Bordon Innovation Centre in Bordon, East Hampshire, are, from left, Oxford Innovation’s managing director Jo Willett, Lydia Fee, Geoff Swatridge, Oxford Innovation’s centre development director, and Myf Plunkett, centre manager. 

Her illustrations grace banknotes and the passports of millions of people around the world.

Sensor City on IoT Korea mission


Sensor City executive director, Alison Mitchell, has been invited by Innovate UK to participate in an Internet of Things (IoT) delegation to South Korea next month.

Selected as a thought leader and IoT expert, Alison will be joining 15 UK, IoT focused companies from 9th – 15th September for the visit.

SETsquared set to contribute £26.9 billion to the UK economy and 22,000 jobs by 2030


The SETsquared Partnership, the global no.1 business incubation and start-up growth acceleration network, comprising five research-intensive universities: Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, will contribute £26.9 billion to the UK economy by 2030, independent research undertaken by Warwick Economics and Development (WECD) has found.

Key findings from the report:

Loughborouh University SP's major deal

Major deal sealed with tech giant 

Innovative plans to create hundreds of jobs, and generate £1.6million for front-line County Council services have been unveiled by the Secretary of State for Communities the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, during a recent visit to the Midlands.

Leading software company, The Access Group, will be expanding its headquarters and moving into a new 100,000 sq. ft. office on the Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP).