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An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

ID-Company Connect

Connect with Infectious Diseases researchers to develop disruptive research

Cambridge, UK is the hub of the largest cluster of bioscience institutes and companies in Europe. Cambridge Infectious Diseases IRC represents the majority of Cambridge University researchers developing new infectious diseases surveillance, prediction, prevention, diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, improving global control capabilities and applying systems approaches across a wide range of  infectious diseases challenges. CID IRC provides a portal for industry to interact with infectious diseases researchers - from social scientists, to mathematical modellers to chemists to medics to vets to engineers to architects - at the University and affiliated institutes in the Cambridge cluster.

We can:

  • help finding the right academic contact to work with your company,
  • facilitate collaborations between your company and Cambridge University,
  • run innovation competitions to carry out small scale feasibility studies,
  • run workshops on specific infectious diseases challenges/themes.

One of the strategic aims of Cambridge Infectious Diseases IRC is is to facilitate collaborations, which might include

  • long-term academic research industry relationships,
  • student placements,
  • PhD studentships,
  • consultancy.

We are not prescriptive about the nature of any collaborations and work in connection with many other networks and groups facilitating business partnerships. However, we specialise in interfacing at the edge of disciplinary boundaries. 


Please contact the CID Coordinator if you would like to discuss potential collaborations/projects.

CID Research Incubator Fund and Annual Meeting of Minds Symposium

If you are interested in contributing to our annual meeting or small project Research Incubator Fund, and/or setting specific cross- discipline challenges- please contact the CID Coordinator.

Engaging with the wider University

If you like to find out more generally how Cambridge University engages with industry, policy makers, NGOs and philanthropists please visit its "For businesses" section on its website.

Below you can read examples of some recent successful partnership endeavours.

Industry Partnerships

Advancing disease understanding and drug discovery in infectious diseases: Collaboration between Shionogi and Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

Improving the therapeutic potential of antibody-mediated inhibition of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Read More  Industry Partnerships - Therapeutics