Case study – The Accelerator

15th October 2018

The Accelerator is the place to be for start-ups, SMEs and companies looking for technology incubation or business acceleration. It is a £25m unique partnership between the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine aiming to support businesses through collaboration, innovation and investment.

At the heart of the Knowledge Quarter, the Accelerator boasts approximately 30,000 sq ft of lettable space, and is located strategically in a growing Liverpool Health Campus, next to the new £335m Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the new Clatterbridge Centre for Cancer.

The Accelerator provides state-of-the-art facilities including Category 3 laboratories, insectaries, offices, collaboration zones, meeting rooms and a health food cafeteria. Laboratories available to rent are modern and suitable for the full range of purposes seen in life sciences industry.

Crucial to all innovative incubation spaces, the building by design stimulates flow and the exchange of ideas with the meeting spaces enabling both formal and informal collaboration across health, research and industry. For business looking to expand, the Accelerator offers flexible working space.

Since opening in September 2017, the Accelerator has already achieved 67% occupancy from businesses with a specific focus on healthcare and digital technology looking for technology incubation or commercial acceleration.

Companies that have taken residence in the Accelerator include Proton Partners, Rutherford Diagnostics, Needlesmart, STW Digital, 3D Lifeprints, 3D prints, 5G test bed and Bite Club.

Organisations include Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) who promote innovation and new technology across NHS and the Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research (CEIDR), a partnership between Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the University of Liverpool focused on translational partnering in infectious diseases to address current and future health priorities.

Professor S. R. Vallabhaneni, Director of Accelerator at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Accelerator provides a hub for life sciences, enabling clinicians, academics and industry to collaborate in research and innovation to develop their ideas into the very latest life-saving treatments. It’s a focal point for businesses to develop solutions with global impact.”

For more info about Accelerator, please email Professor Srinivasa Rao Vallabhaneni:

For more info about CEIDR, email Dr Fiona Marston:

15th October 2018