A Bioincubator is a launch-pad structure for entrepreneurs to make their project in the sciences real. In Europe, we have many incubators within each industry, responsible for strategic investment, development and providing a support network for start-ups.

Bioincubators are considered as the first ‘home’ for young biotech companies, providing entrepreneurs access to research laboratories, technology platforms, specific services in management and even networking opportunities with investors.

Being ‘incubated’, the bio-entrepreneur and their team will receive support in different ways: financial, technical and on a consultancy basis. So, for the Old Continent, what and where could be the hottest bio-incubators?

This Top 10 ranking is subject to several criteria and includes a personal comment for each.

Babraham_bioincubator_cambridgeN°1 The Babraham Bioincubator Concept

Location: Cambridge, UK

Founded: 1998

Size: 10 684 m²

Companies: 39

Facilities: 7 buildings with a technology Development Laboratory, administrative, IT and corporate services as well as access to the world-class research at the Babraham Institute.

Sectors:  Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

About: During my study trip a few months ago, I went to the Biopark and visited the Institute there. I  was impressed by the range of facilities and scientific equipment available. The Babraham Bioincubator has many success stories including:



N°2 BioCity

Location: Nottingham, Scotland and Alderley Park, UK

Founded: 2012

Size: 32 424 m²

Companies: 200

Facilities: Varied across 3 UK locations.

Sectors:  Life sciences

About: BioCity specialises in the creation and development of life science businesses. It provides homes and access to high-end equipment, shared services, training, business support and investment for new and growing biotech businesses. They boast a 91% survival rate of companies in Nottingham, which certainly is impressive!



N°3 Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB)

Location: Gent and Leuven, Belgium

Founded: 2006

Size: 16 130 m²

Companies: 22

Facilities: 12 units in Leuven and 24 units in Gent each consisting of 6 to 7 labs (for bio-safety Class 2 activities with upgrade to bio-safety Class 3 activities an option), 1 incubator room, 1 cold room, separated air purifier and drainage of water, and a wet space.

Sectors: Pharmaceutical and Agricultural.

About: VIB is an excellence-based entrepreneurial institute and works with several partners: UGent, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp and Vrije Universiteit Brussels, in part funded by the Flemish government . VIB includes a bio-accelerator in Gent as well.



N°4 BioVille

Location: Diepenbeek, Belgium

Foundation: 2012

Size: 3 600 m²

Companies: 25

Facilities: Technology units, meeting facilities and social areas

Sectors: Biotechnology

About: BioVille is a full service investor/incubator. As part of the venture capital group LRM and with the support of the Province of Limburg and Hasselt University, their mission is to offer life sciences companies and projects an environment where entrepreneurs and scientists can develop in order to accelerate their product commercialization.


bioincubators_genopole_evryN°5 Genopole

Location: Evry, France

Foundation: 1998

Size:  102 160 m²

Companies:  15

Facilities: 2 research laboratories, 21 technological platforms

Sectors: Biotherapies, Genetics, Biotechnology

About: Genopole is France’s leading biocluster for biotechnology and Genetic research. It is built upon the model of American and European campuses, which unites innovative high-tech life sciences companies, as well as private/public researchers and higher education facilities all at a single site in Evry/Corbeil-Essonnes, just south of Paris.


bioincubators_oslo_cancer_clusterN°6 Oslo Cancer Cluster Incubator

Location: Oslo, Norway

Foundation: 2007

Size: 3 000 m²

Companies: 15

Facilities: Research labs, Technical rooms and social areas with 2 floors.

Sectors:  Immuno-Oncology

About: As part of the Oslo Cancer Cluster Innovation Park, this Incubator supports promising oncology biotechs for commercialization by providing a creative growth environment for scientists & start-ups. A dedicated Incubator team offer the tenants of the Incubator business development services and facilitate investor contacts.


N°7 Lund Life Science Incubator (Lund LSI)

bioincubators_Lund_LSILocation: Lund, Sweden

Foundation: 2007

Size: 4880 m²

Companies: 25

Facilities: Individual laboratories, Individual offices, Storage,

Core facilities and shared common areas

Sectors: Life Sciences

About: In March 2012, Lund LSI moved its operations to Medicon Village. These facilities provide the incubator an excellent base for expansion to a greater critical mass of companies that can benefit from shared competencies and access to a wide variety of advanced instrumentation. Lund LSI’s cost-effective, quality-oriented and market-focused solutions for early phase life science companies are focused on creating a greater base of successful and sustainable life science companies in the region.


bioincubators_bayer_healthcare_berlinN°8 Bayer HealthCare CoLaborator

Location: Berlin, Germany

Foundation: 2014

Size: 800 m²

Companies: 5

Facilities: Laboratories, Office modules and a conference room

Sectors: Life sciences

About: A new home for start-ups in life sciences with ideas related to Bayer HealthCare’s R&D strategy. Proximity to Bayer HealthCare research and the vicinity to Berlin’s science and startup community create an eco-system for innovative ideas. The site is in close to Bayer HealthCare research and is also in Berlin’s science and startup community.



N°9 Alimenta Incubator

Location: Lodi, Italy

Foundation: 2006

Size: 2 400 m²

Companies: 13

Facilities: Laboratories, offices and meeting rooms

Sectors: Agrifood, Bioeconomy and Life Sciences

About: Alimenta Incubator is also an Accelerator and are located in Parco Tecnologico Padano (PTP). Until today Alimenta has supported more than 40 innovative enterprises to start up and enter in the business market. Besides Alimenta, PTP develops business-oriented research and offers services in collaboration with its steady network of companies, universities and research centers.


bioincubators_BIC_granadaN°10 BIC Granada

Location: Granada, Spain

Foundation: 2004

Size: 10 389 m²

Companies: 24

Facilities: Laboratories, Office space, meeting rooms, training-room, co-working area.

Sectors: Biotechnology and Health

About: BIC Granada is a business incubator and accelerator that specializes in biotechnology and health. The team works with the companies by adding strategic services in an environment characterized by its advanced research capacities in Biotechnology and Life Sciences.



Finally, this short list shows you that Europe count a lot of great bioincubators. This means european Bio-entrepreneurs can find ideal places to start their business, from Sweden to Spain.

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  1. MK
    10/11/2015 at 21:11 — Reply

    Stevenage in the UK seems to be gaining momentum, especially with the Cell Therapy Catapult setting up their manufacturing facility there.

    • Dani Bancroft
      11/11/2015 at 16:02 — Reply

      True, Stevenage always has been a bit of a London-suburban hotspot for pharma/biotech with GSK and co… Shame it’s such a boring town otherwise though :p

    • Philip Hemme
      11/11/2015 at 16:47 — Reply

      Thanks Marcel for your comment. Stevenage is indeed interesting too. I visited the campus in our UK Tour, available here: http://labiotech.eu/god-save-the-uk-biotechs/

  2. 11/11/2015 at 10:35 — Reply

    Hi Guys, I don’t agree on this list at all! I can name at least 3 “hotter” Incubators in Berlin. The CoLaborator is just one smaller option. If you look at Campus Buch alone, you will find more than 11.000 sqm of lab space, 2.500 researchers and nearly 800 employees in the 56 companies. You will also find specific support measures and infrastructure dedicated to life science startups. Apples and Oranges – seems like we should take a tour to Berlin’s hotspots very soon 😉
    Source: http://www.bbb-berlin.de/de/biotechpark_igz.html

    • Philip Hemme
      11/11/2015 at 16:45 — Reply

      Benjamin, yes definitely. We are talking here about incubators not bioparks (BiotechPark as Campus Buch claims). I guess the difference can be tricky sometimes and some parks have their own incubator as well. Anyways, you should be proud of having a Berlin incubator in the ranking 😉

  3. 12/11/2015 at 15:33 — Reply

    Dear Labiotech-Team,
    I understand, the line between incubator and tech park is grey. However, I’m missing the IZB in Martinsried/Munich. It has a 20 year history in successfully supporting biotech entrepreneurs, “incubating” in total about 140 companies during that time. Many of them having left already years ago to continue their own story (e.g. Morphosys, MediGene, Micromet, Proteros, …). Others have been merged or sold to bigger units (Kinaxo/Evotec, Suppremol/Baxalta, U3/Daiichi, …). To my knowledge the IZB is currently hosting about 60 companies on 23,000 m2, including a boarding house, faculty club, … . And the IZB is in the heart of the Munich/Martinsried Biotech Cluster, surrounded by several scientific institutions (e.g. MPI), hospital, university (LMU), and many more biotechs and service providers in the area. What else does a entrepreneur want? Clearly a candidate for the top 10! Best, Enno

    • Philip Hemme
      13/11/2015 at 16:51 — Reply

      Thanks Enno for your comment. As you said well, it’s sometimes tricky to define an incubator and a biotech park/cluster. I definitely think IZB is one of the major biopark/cluster in Europe and we outlined it in a previous article.

  4. Thierry Leclerc
    12/11/2015 at 18:09 — Reply

    Very informative! Thanks for compiling these!

    • Dani Bancroft
      13/11/2015 at 16:22 — Reply

      Thank you Thierry for taking the time to tell us! 🙂

  5. Pankaj Mishra
    14/11/2015 at 09:22 — Reply

    Thanks for this informative article. I wonder if you can compile a list of Germany based Bioincubators.

    • Dani Bancroft
      16/11/2015 at 16:21 — Reply

      Thank you Pankaj for letting us know! It’s certainly something we could consider for a future feature, although it might be slightly of less interest to our wider international audience. Nonetheless, we’ll discuss it at the office 🙂

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