In 2001 BASF made one of the largest ever corporate donations to a new university, gifting more than 129,000 sq ft of offices and highly equipped laboratories to Nottingham Trent University.
This was a time of unprecedented upheaval in the life sciences industry, so the sudden availability of massive resources and such prestigious premises presented an historic opportunity.
In response, Nottingham Trent University, The University of Nottingham and East Midlands Development Agency partnered to transform the vacant site into the first BioCity incubator.
Dr. Glenn Crocker became BioCity’s first CEO in 2003, and within two years the site was hosting 20 early-stage companies.
At the end of 2011, BioCity was gifted a second site by MSD. Now, with locations in Nottingham, Scotland, Cheshire and now on the Boots site in Nottingham, the BioCity phenomenon continues to grow.
This growth has been driven essentially by the success of the many businesses nurtured by the BioCity environment.