Ten new science and technology companies have joined MEPC's Milton Park, one of the leading business communities in Europe, with five new leases agreed during lockdown and five agreed previously, totalling 45,448 sq ft (4,222 sq m).
The five companies that have agreed new leases during lockdown totalling 28,898 sq ft (2,684 sq m) were:
Eden Research, an AIM-quoted company focused on sustainable biopesticides and plastic-free encapsulation technology for use in global crop protection, animal health and consumer products industries, has taken 2,924 sf ft of space at 18 North Central 127 Olympic Avenue.
The new laboratory facility will allow Eden to do far more in-house, including formulation, microbiological screening, plant and seed evaluations and analytical work. Eden also plans to use the laboratory for important insect-focussed work as part of its plan to develop its first bioinsecticide products, which will allow the company to enter new addressable markets valued at €850m in the EU and US combined.
Hypha Discovery, a contact research organisation supporting pharmaceutical and agrochemical companies worldwide through the synthesis and purification of metabolites and new derivatives of drugs and agrochemicals in discovery and development, has relocated from Slough and taken 8,988 sq ft at 154B and Ci Brook Drive for their team of 24 people. In addition to their expertise in metabolite synthesis, Hypha also possesses a wealth of experience in the production, purification and structure elucidation of natural products.
Orbital Astronautics, which is focused on developing technologies to enable tiny satellites to operate in large flocks, has taken 1,538 sq ft at 119F Olympic Avenue. Orbital Astronautics’ technology manifest as a small plug-in module for satellites that fills the technology gap between operations of a single satellite and operations of a flock.
Sibelius, which specialises in the science behind homeopathic remedies, has taken 1,513 sq ft at 20 East Central, 127 Olympic Avenue.
Founded in late 2015, from a spinout out of Oxford University, they focus on the need to support healthy ageing and the increasing market demand for branded, scientifically evidenced, clinically proven natural products.
Their patented ChronoscreenTM platform brings new, cost-effective tools to respond to the issues, utilising the validated model organism Caenorhabditis elegans to rapidly identify natural products that have the potential for beneficial effects on human health. Their platform permits exploration of the molecular basis of activity and provides the science to support investment in clinical trials. It also allows screening to identify novel ingredients, improved sources and synergistic mixtures.
Empiribox, which provides science kits to schools, has taken 13,935 sq ft at 37D Innovation Drive having consolidated three warehouse and office locations into one building.
Prior to the lockdown, a further five new leases were agreed totalling 16,550 sq ft (1,537 sq m) to technology companies as they expanded their businesses, which were:
30 Technology is now based in 141 Park Drive, having moved from 100 Park Drive, and within eight months of arriving at Milton Park has more than doubled its footprint to 5,813 sq ft. The new facility is housing expanded clinical, research, development and regulatory activities as well as a newly formed state of the art laboratory containing specialist characterisation equipment and enhanced development capability.
30 Technology is developing and defining new models of care to treat many serious medical conditions by enhancing the body’s healing and defence mechanisms. The company’s unique formulations unlock the ability to use its nitric oxide generating technology in a variety of diseases and health conditions, and over a range of delivery platforms.
ITGL is a consultancy that helps people and organisations change the way they work through Cisco world leading technology and has taken space at the Innovation Centre.
LabMinds, headquartered in Massachusetts, USA, is the leader in AI and robotics for solution preparation in pharmaceutical and life science labs. A cornerstone of R&D and QA/QC processes, solution preparation continues to be a highly manual process with many moving parts, exposing labs to considerable risk and waste.
LabMinds Inc has taken 2,146 sq ft of space in 180D Park Drive having relocated its UK office from Summertown in Oxford to Milton Park.
VivoPlex has joined from Southampton University, taking 5,943 sq ft of office and laboratory space in 115 Innovation Drive. VivoPlex is a leader in real time and accurate intra-uterine monitoring for the optimisation of fertility treatment and uterine health. Its product is in development as the first insertable wireless device for the measurement of key uterine parameters in vivo. With the increased insight into uterine physiology provided by VivoPlex’s product, key opinion leaders believe it could become a gold-standard test in fertility clinics, improving current IVF success rates which remain low at 25-30%.
Arctoris has taken 2,648 sq ft of space in 120 Olympic Avenue, one of the first buildings built at the park as part of the Enterprise Zone.
Arctoris has an end-to-end automation platform that allows researchers and biotech entrepreneurs to design and remotely execute advanced cellular, biochemical and molecular biology research experiments in drug discovery.
Arctoris was founded to enable scientists and biotech entrepreneurs worldwide to make discoveries faster, more efficiently, and enjoy accelerated progress in their research whilst being liberated from manual work. Their goal is to put the most advanced research capabilities at scientists’ fingertips, so that they can find new cures for patients faster.
The Arctoris team totals 15 and comprises senior drug discovery scientists, world-leading experts in robotic control and automation, machine learning engineers, and software engineers.
Philip Campbell, MEPC commercial director, Milton Park added: “There is no question that the last few months have been unprecedented for so many people in so many ways. Therefore, we felt that the arrival of these impressive science and tech start-ups and SMEs to the Milton Park community, all of which are pursuing life-changing science and technological innovation, was one to celebrate.
"Even with COVID-19 and the lockdown, we are proud that Milton Park is continuing to attract new companies to our community. In the last six months, we have agreed a total more than 45,000 sq ft of new space to science and tech SMEs."