David Hardman

Dr David J Hardman MBE
Managing Director – Innovation Birmingham Ltd
David’s career over the last twenty years has been in knowledge transfer; working at the interface between applied research and commercial application and exploitation. His expertise and interests are directed at creating appropriate partnerships and infrastructures to promote the development and success of cross sectorial knowledge-based businesses.

He started out as a PhD microbiologist, with research interests in the application of microbes in what is now described as ‘clean technology’. In 1992 co-founded and led a start-up biotech venture and this experience developed into a wider interest in the translation of science into good and applicable technologies.

In 1998 David moved to the Babraham Institute, Cambridge to establish and lead a wholly owned trading subsidiary, Babraham Bioscience Technologies Ltd. where his focus became the development of the commercial aspects of the Babraham Research Campus.
In 2008 he took up his current post in Birmingham to develop and implement a new strategy that built on the legacy of Aston Science Park. The result is the Innovation Birmingham Campus; an urban focal point promoting digital innovation and adoption across all sectors. In 2018 the Campus became part of Bruntwood SciTech and is now planning a major expansion activity to create a focal point for a thriving innovation district in Birmingham. David is the Honorary Chairman of UKSPA and sits on the innovation boards for the GBSLEP, WMCA and Midlands Engine.

David was awarded an MBE for ‘contributions to science’ in 2009.