British American Tobacco (BAT) has created a virtual R&D Visitor Experience, an online tour of its global Research & Development hub in Southampton, UK, that allows people to explore its cutting-edge science and innovation.
The experience builds on BAT’s open and transparent approach to the science underpinning its reduced-risk* product portfolio and beyond nicotine activities.
The company regularly welcomes visitors in person to its global R&D hub, with more than 3,500 people viewing the facilities first-hand since 2011.
However, with travel significantly reduced, the virtual experience allows people from across the globe to access and understand BAT’s scientific research, Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) activities, and gain perspectives and insights from experts.
Dr David O’Reilly, Director, Scientific Research at BAT, said R&D is fundamental to what they do and their focus on science and research has enabled the company to make substantial progress in developing and evolving their new category products.
"At BAT R&D is fundamental to what we do. Our focus on science and research has enabled us to make significant progress in developing and evolving our New Category products, which are rigorously tested and scientifically substantiated as reduced-risk alternatives* to cigarettes. Our R&D is based around consumer preferences, as well as applying evolving science and innovation to our products," Said O’Reilly,
This allows us to offer a range of enjoyable, reduced-risk* alternatives to cigarettes while ensuring we maintain very high safety and quality standards.
“Our new R&D Virtual Visitor Experience demonstrates the breadth of science we are undertaking and the robust scientific framework we use to evaluate and support the role our products play in delivering Tobacco Harm Reduction.”
With 360-degree lab tours, animations, videos, scientist profiles, podcasts, and more, the R&D Virtual Visitor Experience is the one-stop hub for those looking to find out about BAT’s science.
The tour illuminates BAT’s purpose to build A Better TomorrowTM and its mission to reduce the health impact of its business.
BAT invests almost £350 million a year to find innovative ways to reduce its effects on public health and aims to have 50 million consumers of its non-combustible products by 2030.
BAT conducts research in a broad spectrum of scientific fields, including molecular biology, toxicology, and chemistry, fuelling the relentless innovation and learning that set the company apart as an industry leader.
Visitors to the R&D virtual experience will be able to explore:
- Sensory Science: This unique department helps BAT better understand the consumer product experience and decode that experience into actionable insights that support product and brand development
- Biotechnology Laboratory: Here, BAT’s scientists leverage their expertise across whole genome sequencing, metabolomics, and computational biology to deliver enhanced consumer experiences. The teams also grow plants and identify sustainable sources of compounds.
- Biology Laboratory: This is where scientists test BAT’s New Category products for their potential impact on human cells compared to cigarette smoke.
- Battery Laboratory: This facility has revolutionised the way BAT’s rechargeable devices are designed, developed and tested. Batteries are put through their paces to ensure they meet high-quality standards.