The Oxford University Begbroke Science Park has been a cornerstone of the entrepreneurial environment of Oxfordshire since its inception in 2000. It is a launching ground for successful companies and has supported many University spin-outs and start-ups, including Oxford Nanopore and Oxford Photovoltaics. Research carried out at the site underpinned the development of low cost, easy to use, rapid COVID testing now available worldwide. In addition, it is home to the Oxford University departments of Engineering Science and Materials and the Oxford Materials Characterisation Service.
Looking to the future, the University of Oxford is set to transform the science park into a University Innovation District that reflects the excellence and scale of Oxfordshire’s talent; an internationally recognized location for innovation, research, education, and entrepreneurship. This will be a new type of environment to support collaborative working and will play a key role in delivering the University’s strategic commitments in innovation through accelerated development, economic growth and societal benefit across Oxfordshire and the UK.