London life sciences cluster
The vibrancy of the London life sciences cluster is reflected in the activities of various networking groups which provide regular opportunities to make new contacts via events, conferences and other meetings:
British Library - Business and IP Centre
The British Library Business & IP Centre is designed to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. The Centre offers free access to the UK's most comprehensive collection of business and intellectual property information.
One Nucleus was formed in April 2010 by the merger of two regional lifescience networks – Cambridge-based ERBI and the London Biotechnology Network (LBN). Together we form a commercial, clinical and academic powerhouse. The merger of ERBI and LBN recognises that the Cambridge-London network is an international life science “super cluster”.
The Royal Veterinary College (RVC)
The RVC is pre-eminent among veterinary schools, and offers the highest quality in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research - meeting the growing demand for veterinary professionals and biomedical scientists. It also provides support for the veterinary profession through its three referral hospitals, diagnostic services and continuing professional development courses.
Launched in April 2014, MedCity is supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Mayor of London, and works with the region’s academic, research and NHS institutions, as well as local enterprise partnerships. Over the next 20 years, they aim to position the greater south east of England as a world-leading, interconnected region for life sciences research, development, manufacturing and commercialisation to stimulate greater economic growth.
The BioIndustry Association
The BioIndustry Association (BIA) is the trade association for innovative enterprises in the UK's bioscience sector. Its mission is to encourage and promote a thriving, financially sound sector of the UK economy, built upon developments across the biosciences.