26-11-2020 AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets to enter European Life Science sector with acquisition of Kadans Science Partner platform

AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets (“AXA IM – Real Assets”), a global leader in real asset investments and the leading(1) real estate portfolio and asset manager in Europe, has announced that it has agreed to acquire IADP_partner Kadans Science Partner. Kadans is a fully integrated developer, owner and operator of science parks and lab offices which has a market leading position in Europe.

The acquisition provides AXA IM – Real Assets with a unique opportunity to enter and build immediate scale in the life science and lab offices sector which, while already established in the U.S., is an emerging but high growth asset class in Europe. The sector is supported by a number of economic, demographic and technological changes, notably as it relates to healthcare and is benefitting from a significant growth in available public and private funding. Companies in the sector are not just demanding additional space to accommodate their growth but are fundamentally considering how they organise themselves and recognising the value of being part of a relevant ecosystem.

Kadans is almost unique in its focus and scale within the European Life Sciences sector. It owns a portfolio which spans key research locations in the Netherlands, UK and Germany and comprises 150,000 sqm of operating space across 20 assets and a further seven developments which will deliver c.70,000 sqm over the next three years. 65% of the portfolio has an ESG rating of Grade A, with a plan for the remaining assets to undergo renovation to reach that grade.

Originally founded in the late 1990s, Kadans evolved its focus on developing and operating specialised or purpose-built commercial life science buildings. Kadans’ assets combine offices and incubator space alongside a range of specialist spaces including laboratories and cleanrooms and tech halls, as well as research and development facilities such as climate controlled environments and pilot plants. Kadans’ tenant base comprises a mix of, global corporate, SME and start-up businesses, as well as academic and government institutions in highly innovative growth sectors such as Life Sciences, Food, Health, Living Environment, Biotechnology, Bio based and High Tech Semiconductors.

A key element of Kadans’ success has been the creation of innovation ecosystems not just within the individual building and campuses it operates but across its whole network of tenants and relationships across Europe. By promoting networking, connectivity and events management for tenants, public bodies and academic institutions, Kadans is able to help enhance information flow and knowledge sharing.

The acquisition is conditional upon German merger commission approval.

1 Source: INREV Fund Manager Survey, June 2020. #1 Real estate manager headquartered in Europe based on total assets under management
2 Source: AXA IM – Real Assets’ unaudited data as of 30 September 2020

23-11-2020 Worldwide network of Food Innovation Hubs

Marjolein A.J. Brasz, Managing Director Foodvalley NL, is proud to announce that Foodvalley NL will be the leading European Hub in a new, worldwide network of Food Innovation Hubs, catalyzed and supported in Africa, Latin America and Asia by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and partners.

Transforming food systems requires fundamental changes in the way food is produced and consumed. Technology innovations present a significant opportunity to enable and accelerate this transformation so we can meet the network’s aspirational goals: that food systems be sustainable, inclusive, efficient, nutritious and healthy. Connecting multiple diverse ecosystem players will be essential to scaling innovation programs across the value chain.

This is the shared vision behind a multi-year partnership between Foodvalley NL and the Food Innovation Hubs: a multi-stakeholder partnership platform catalyzed and supported by the World Economic Forum and several global and regional partners.

Foodvalley is partner of Innovation Area Development Partnership (IADP).

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27-10-2020 Utrecht Science Park Bilthoven is entering the future

The departure of RIVM to Utrecht Science Park (expected in 2022) will free up space at Utrecht Science Park Bilthoven (USPB). With Bilthoven Biologicals and Intravacc as anchor tenants, this offers opportunities to further develop and profile this area with a main focus on the development, testing and production of vaccines and related products or services.

The management of USPB has commissioned a team of experts to draw up a development vision for this science park. Proof of the sum, Karres and Brands, Arup and Zjak Consult (all partners in the Innovation Area Development Partnership) have started the work. Roy Pype (Proof of the sum): “This is a great opportunity to redevelop the area into a state of the art science park. The departure of RIVM and a further concentration of the buildings of Bilthoven Biologicals creates space for new buildings and combinations of old and new so that the history of the area as a world player in the field of vaccines remains visible. We will be devoting a great deal of attention to creating an attractive work climate. The layout of the site and the buildings will be aimed at stimulating interaction between the companies and institutions at the science park. The fact that we are now tackling this with a multidisciplinary team will undoubtedly lead to a well-thought-out plan that will interest current and future tenants, investors and the direct surrounding area.” The development vision will be delivered by the end of this year.

13-10-2020 Vaccinopolis Antwerp

The first European CHIM center

Because the climate is changing and people are living closer together, are getting older, travel more… viruses are spreading. Faster than ever. That is why vaccine development is one of the major global challenges of today.

On behalf of the University of Antwerp and Université Libre de Bruxelles, professors Pierre van Damme and Arnoud Marchant therefore take the lead: “Within the vaccine center Vaccinopolis, we bring together top talent from various disciplines – with financial support from the federal government and private partners. The complex will consist of a clinical test room, laboratories, offices, consultation rooms and accommodation and relaxation facilities. This allows us to test vaccines on up to 30 people at the same time. The technique used is called Controlled Human Infection Models (CHIM). In this human challenge study, bright minds challenge healthy subjects by exposing them to an attenuated version of a pathogen.”

The IMM/Unity consortium is commissioned to design, build and maintain Vaccinopolis for a period of 15 years.  Proof of the sum, Exilab, Abstract Architects, burO Groen and Establis are responsible for the integrated design. The realization is in the hands of Jansen Building Group, Jansen Cleanrooms and Cordeel. And Imtech Belgium, together with Jansen Cleanrooms, will be responsible for the maintenance.

Exceptional circumstances require exceptional measures. Because viruses are on the rise quickly, the project partners are shortening the usual turnaround time (normally 4 to 5 years) to 1.5 years: Vaccinopolis will open its doors on 1 March 2022.

29-09-2020 Mobility at Utrecht Science Park

An innovative look at mobility and collaboration with the city & region keep Utrecht Science Park accessible and safe as students and companies begin to return to the site after six months of COVID imposed remote working – read more:

29-09-2020 The innovation multipliers of international collaboration for cities and subnational governments

This research report by NESTA reviews the innovation benefits for cities and subnational governments of international collaboration. It explores how cities and subnational governments (SNGs) can improve their capabilities and capacity for innovation by expanding their networks internationally. Based on a literature review, case studies from across the globe and interviews with experts in the field, this research presents an overview of the history of international collaboration between cities and SNGs, the current picture and the potential for these partnerships as a source of innovation. It provides insights, models and recommendations both for UK cities and SNGs, and those around the world.

  • Findings:
  • There are considerable opportunities for boosting innovation through more effective international collaboration at an SNG level – particularly in the COVID-19 era.
  • In recent decades, subnational international collaboration networks have become more widespread, more complex and have utilised a wider range of collaboration mechanisms.
  • For cities and SNGs seeking to maximise innovation from an international collaboration, the landscape is very complicated, and there has been little guidance on process or benefits.
  • Picking the right international collaboration opportunity to ensure the maximum benefit to an SNG’s innovation capability requires a clear understanding of the fast-moving landscape, as well as the choices and opportunity costs, and the future value proposition.
  • The opportunity for international collaboration isn’t just for major cities, there are effective ways of participating for second and third tier cities as well as regions and devolved nations too.
24-09-2020 Proof of the sum contributes to the future of Pivot Park

Pivot Park (Oss, The Netherlands) is a life sciences campus with a strong focus on pharmaceutical innovation. The campus is a breeding ground that connects knowledge and experience between established companies, start-ups and spin-outs. Proof of the sum gives shape to the rapid development of Pivot Park. Both as one of the authors of the master plan and in the role of architect for the first two new-build projects.

Together with VKZ BV and MTD Landschapsarchitecten the master plan for Pivot Park has been developed. The plan makes room for a large number of new-build projects on the campus in the Municipality of Oss. The design themes are ‘connection’, ‘sharing’ and ‘excellence’.

Within this new master plan, two new building projects are currently being worked on: Grizzly and Panther. With Grizzly, an over 10,000m2 new collection building is being realised. The building will provide office and laboratory space for scale-ups and growing companies in the pharmaceutical sector. Panther will be a new building project for a single basic user. The 3,500 m2 building will house cleanrooms, laboratories and offices.

17-09-2020 How to successfully share your lab facilities?

After a summer break of a few weeks, Kadans Connected is back! During the webinar on how to successfully share your lab facilities, our partner Clustermarket elaborated on the challenges researchers and scientist are facing while sharing their lab facilities. The Kadans Connected webinars and providing access to shared lab facilities are two of the many ecosystem services Kadans is offering to its tenants in order to make them as innovative and successful as possible. You are invited to watch the replay and to get insights of the barriers that knowledge and research institutions have around resource sharing. Click here to watch the replay:

15-09-2020 Utrecht Science Park: a flourishing & innovative ecosystem

Friso Smit, New Business Development Manager of Utrecht Science Park, emphasizes Utrecht Science Park’s important role in the region and The Netherlands where knowledge and high-end technology can accelerate. Would you like to know more about the innovative ecosystem at Utrecht Science Park? Read the deep-dive Q&A via

02-09-2020 Global Innovation Index 2020

These are the World’s Most Innovative Countries – Global Innovation Index 2020. An overview of the key findings of the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2020. Published on September 2, 2020, the GII 2020 ranks the innovation performance of 131 countries.
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01-09-2020 Campus Community Fund invests 500 million euros in Campus Groningen (The Netherlands)

Investing together in one ecosystem to achieve more impact. “That’s why a Campus Community Fund is important”, as confirmed by Wiebe Draijer, chairman of the Managing Board Rabobank and Koen Schuiling, mayor of Groningen. Together they have launched the Campus Community Fund on Tuesday September 1st. This financial platform acts as an instrument to transform the available knowledge and skills on Campus Groningen, and in the region, more effectively into important innovations.
“The ambitions of and for Campus Groningen are big. The five-year strategic plan of the Campus aims at significant developments. With the Campus Community Fund we will structure ‘tomorrow’s capital’ jointly”, says Henk Snapper (Executive Board, UMCG).
“I am proud of our collective wish to let our fast-growing Campus shine and develop it further. The development of Campus Groningen is teamwork and an interplay of all kinds of components. We don’t look at the separate elements; we look at the whole ecosystem ”, says Edward van der Meer, director Campus Groningen.
More information can be found here:

31-08-2020 – Atlas of innovation districts (USA)

Aretian has developed a first-of-its-kind systematic study of 50 notable Innovation Districts in the United States: their specialization, economic impact, as well as the characteristics of the urban ecosystems that welcome and enhance them. More information:

26-08-2020 – Foodvalley Summit

Do you already have a ticket for the Foodvalley Summits special edition on 13 & 14 October 2020? Breaking news, talk shows, top stories, and excellent networking and exposure opportunities on Protein Shift, Food & Health and Circular Agrifood. Buy your ticket now:

24-08-2020 – IADP is now followed by more than 1000 members of LinkedIn

Join the followers via this link: Partners and associate partners of IADP are continuously involved and guiding the development of areas of innovations, such as science parks, campuses and Innovation districts. Together we have built an impressive knowledge base by exchanging research and experiences with each other. We also share our knowledge with a larger audience by engaging them to all kind of activities, giving lectures and writing articles. Moreover, the IADP partnership offers the combined expertise to support developers, investors, companies and knowledge institutes and governments that are working on the (re)development of these different types of innovation areas. IADP is a member of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP).

17-08-2020 – What does a campus of the future look like?

Take a peek at our competition design for the University College Dublin’s Future Campus: a ‘Marketplace of Innovation’ where students, faculty staff and local Dubliners can learn, collaborate and co-create. Designed to be a destination for learning, culture and commerce, it’s intended to be a green space of engagement where ideas can flow and flourish. For more information on the design, follow the link:

15-08-2020 – Sharing your lab facilities

Are you interested in sharing your lab facilities and make them available for other researchers, scientists and organizations? But are you also facing some challenges in doing so? Join the next Kadans Connected webinar, organized in cooperation with Kadans Science Partner partner’s Clustermarket and learn how to share your lab facilities in a successful way.
For more information and registration, please check the website:

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