From discovery to application
As a fundamental research organisation, the Institute’s research generates the essential biological knowledge that provides the platform for lifestyle and healthcare interventions. Sometimes the translation of Institute research may take decades to come to fruition, yet over the course of its history the Institute has demonstrated its ability to deliver high-impact research advances and we remain committed to achieving impact from our research in as short a time as possible, including by observing open science practices.
Through our proactive engagement and knowledge exchange activities on the Babraham Research Campus, we support the Campus’s commercial companies through access to scientific and technical expertise and state-of-the-art equipment. In this way we provide valuable support for the Campus community, helping translate early stage science into outcomes for social and economic benefit and establishing the Campus as a leading location for commercial bioscience.
The Institute’s commercial arm, Babraham Institute Enterprises (BIE Ltd.), supports the commercialisation of the Institute’s science, and is responsible for managing and commercialising the Institute’s intellectual property portfolio through partnerships with industry, licencing activities, and the formation of spin-out companies.
Our life science research has significant potential to shape and inform policy on topics such as gene editing, stem cell research and the effect of dietary restriction over the course of a person’s life. We also participate in broader discussions including animal welfare and the importance of the bio-economy. We have an active public engagement programme that not only discusses and supports dialogue about important topics related to our research but works to widen participation in research, inspiring students to consider a future career in science and providing placements for students to gain active research experience.