Working together to grow our innovation economy

About us

Advanced Oxford is an active group of business leaders working together to grow the knowledge-intensive business economy of the Oxford region. Our members span the full breadth of innovative businesses, and those that facilitate their success, from biotech, medtech, physics-related and health, through to engineering, space, publishing, telecoms and software.

Our purpose

Advanced Oxford is research-led and works to help support and inform policymakers (domestic and international), investors and other businesses who wish to contribute to the development of the innovation ecosystem in the Oxford region. Our members are united by a long-term commitment to the region to ensure we have continual, high-quality growth that develops and attracts the best talent. Quality of life in our region continues to be just as important as economic growth, so sustainability is at the heart of what we want to achieve for all who live, work and invest here.

Our vision

To make the Oxford region the most fertile innovation economy in the UK.

Founding Chairman’s Welcome

We are living and working in one of the most innovative regions in the UK. We have a vibrant cluster of globallyrecognised knowledge-intensive businesses – from pharmaceuticals, space, biotech and medtech to particle acceleration, software and advanced motorsports. We also have outstanding science and technologybased assets including two leading universities, top research facilities, specialist science and tech business parks, innovation centres, research hospitals, a skilled workforce and an infrastructure of supportive businesses. Collectively, this puts our region firmly on the international innovation map.

Our priorities

  • Skills and education

  • We want the next generation to be given the skills and aspirations to take up the exceptional career opportunities presented by the local knowledge economy. We also want to ensure that the global talent pool is available to our region so that we can attract and retain the best people.
  • Housing delivery and affordability

  • Mindful of Oxfordshire’s exceptional landscape and the quality of life for all its people, we will build a picture of the long-term housing needs of a growing innovation economy.
  • Transport

  • Our leading-edge status is inadequately supported by the ability of people to travel easily within the region. We will contribute to this debate with progressive ideas and solutions that address the needs of the inhabitants, workers, commuters and businesses of the Oxford region.
  • Policy support

  • We will support Oxfordshire’s local authorities and public bodies in their development of policy and plans by providing a clear, cogent and dispassionate voice reflecting the needs of the region’s knowledge-intensive economy.
  • Soft infrastructure and quality of life

  • We aim to create a strong centre of gravity for the knowledge-intensive business community to improve its coherence, collaboration and effectiveness to enhance its role as an international hub. As the economy of the Oxford region develops, we will aim to balance the requirements of an outstanding natural setting with the needs of a growing population and the knowledge economy.
  • Research infrastructure and commercial spaces

  • We will seek continued support for the elements that underpin the Oxford region’s scientific assets: a world class research base and suitable spaces for the sector.

Join us

We would like key knowledge-intensive businesses and organisations to join us and shape Advanced Oxford and its future role in developing our region.

Our members include: Abbott Diabetes Care, Bidwells, Harwell Campus, Immunocore, Ipsen, MEPC, Oxbotica, Oxford AHSN, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, The Oxford Trust, Polor Technology, PsiOxus Therapeutics, Sophos, SQW, Thomas White Oxford, University of Oxford, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Woodford Investment Management

Ready to add your support, or just interested to find out more?