Dr David J Hardman MBECEO of Innovation Birmingham
Over the last five years, David has led the redirection and restructuring of Birmingham Science Park Aston in order to create a sustainable business and pave the way for the £35 million expansion of the Innovation Birmingham Campus.
As Innovation Birmingham is owned by Birmingham City Council, the new strategy has been shaped to ensure integration with the city’s economic development plans, sector focus and skills agendas.
Before life in Birmingham, David spent 10 years in Cambridge leading the commercial development of the Babraham Research Campus, focused on support for healthcare and biotech translation and bio-ventures. David was awarded an MBE for services to science in 2009.
Back in time even further, as a PhD microbiologist, his research interests were directed towards the application of microbes in what is now called clean technology, and as part of this work he co-founded a start-up biotech venture based on the application of biocatalysts to the paper industry. This experience developed into a wider interest in the translation of science into good and applicable technologies and creating appropriate partnerships and infrastructures to promote the development of knowledge-based businesses. It is this experience that drives his approach to the management of the Innovation Birmingham Campus.
David is also on the board of Birmingham Science City and is the ICT Sector Skills Champion for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.