High Technology and Economic Development: The BioCity Nottingham Technology Incubator

High Technology and Economic Development: The BioCity Nottingham Technology Incubator

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Abstract

Since the 1990s, public policy makers and private investors have been creating bio-incubators with the aim of obtaining a foothold in what many presume is one of the hottest future industries. This case study provides an in-depth picture of the biggest UK-based bio-incubator – BioCity Nottingham. The study outlines the history and regional context of the incubator as well as its service portfolio and a profile of its supported firms. The study provides insights into the formation of biotechnology companies, the role of the regional context in shaping business models and the emergence of a science-based business network. As a major implication, Nottingham’s location, remote from the epicentre of both science and venture capital in the UK, favours service-based business models. BioCity provides a fascinating ...

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