Rooftop view of the Institute of Life Science 1

The first phase of the Institute of Life Science (ILS1) opened its doors in 2007 and was hailed the Jewel in the Crown of Wales for its vision to drive medical research for the health, wealth and wellbeing of the people of Wales. Valued at £52 million, it brought to life a six-storey purpose-built facility at the western end of the University’s Singleton Park campus, strategically located between the Medical School and Singleton Hospital.

Institute of Life Science 1

External view of the Institute of Life Science 1 out to sea

The Institute of Life Science 1 opened in 2007. Its graceful design incorporates a full-height atrium and makes imaginative use of materials to maximise natural light. Over six floors, it houses state-of-the-art research laboratories, dedicated business incubation facilities for our client organisations and a relaxed café area where ideas can be shared and staff and students can interact.  On a day-to-day basis, it houses over 200 specialists in medical science research and teaching, business development and technology transfer.  

Institute of Life Science 2

Entrance to ILS2 from Singlton Hospital side

The Institute of Life Science 2 (ILS2) hosts a number of key research facilities including the Centre for NanoHealth, a £22million open access Research & Development facility dedicated to the advancement of healthcare through the application of nanotechnology, a Joint Clinical Research Facility (JCRF) focusing on innovative medical treatments to common illnesses, and state of the art Clinical Imaging Facility (CIF) with advanced MRI and CAT scanning facilities to support Medical imaging research and Clinical Oncology trials.

Our ILS2 building also offers a number of ‘incubation’ units, offering rental space to start-up companies working in the area of Life Science.

What goes on in the Institute of Life Science