David Hardman

Dr David Hardman is the CEO of Birmingham Science Park Aston (BSPA). David is developing the ICT, gaming, digital media and clean technologies agenda, reflecting the strengths of the city region.

In embracing the opportunities offered by the latest ICT collaboration platforms he has been driving the concept of the “science park without walls” bringing in global support to drive Birmingham’s knowledge economy.

As a PhD microbiologist, David's 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 in the paper industry.

This experience developed into a wider interest in the translation of science into good and applicable technologies and was followed by 10 years based 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.