Medical & Dental

BiOspace gives UK startups access to cutting-edge biotechnology

The city of Manchester in the UK has opened the doors on BiOspace, the area’s first open access laboratory. The facility gives independent PhD scientists and startups the opportunity to use the latest cutting-edge technologies, including equipment for understanding protein chemistry, cell culture incubators and 3D printers, on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The idea is that BiOspace access will nurture new medical advances past the early research and development stage. According to figures posted on the facility’s website, “Ninety percent of biotech and med-tech companies experience failure within the first three years of launch due to the high financial burn rates in R&D.” Additionally, the average startup spends “over 50% of their funding on capital equipment, supplies, and other operational expenses related to running a lab.”

BiOspace is part of the Manchester Science Park where the Bright Building (pictured above), a state of the art workplace, was opened September 2017. Photo via Manchester Science Partnerships
BiOspace is part of the Manchester Science Park where the Bright Building (pictured above), a state of the art workplace, was opened September 2017. Photo via Manchester Science Partnerships

The perfect environment for biotechnologies

BiOspace is located within the Manchester Science Park providing close connections with nearby medical technology facilities and a campus in Cheshire. It is a joint venture between the park’s co-coordinators Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP), and biomatter manufacturer Protein Technologies Limited (PTL).

Speaking to BQ Live Dr. Farid Khan, chair of Protein Technologies Ltd. comments, “BiOspace offers the ideal environment for interdisciplinary collaboration, with experts in biology, 3D printing, electronics and software development coworking in one facility,”

“In essence, BiOspace offers incubation at the very earliest stage. The hope then is that as start-ups grow, they make the natural transition to the next stage of the MSP ecosystem facilities like the MedTech Centre, Bright Building’s Mi-IDEA and the BioHub – at Alderley Park’s Mereside campus, in Cheshire.”

Dr. Farid Kahn, co-founder of BiOspace and chair of Protein Technologies Ltd. shows visitors around the new facility at Manchester Science Park. Photo via BiOspace UK
Dr. Farid Kahn, co-founder of BiOspace and chair of Protein Technologies Ltd. welcomes visitors to the new facility at Manchester Science Park. Photo via BiOspace UK

Medical device prototyping

Lucid Innovation is one of BiOspace’s early adopters. Founded in 2002, Lucid is an industrial design company, providing prototyping, brand development and simulation expertise for the launch of medical devices and products. The company has ISO-13485 accreditation, ensuring the medical-grade quality of its products. Lucid’s primary skillset includes the use of Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing technology.

LIG Biowise is another startup that is using the facility, working on a point-of-care diagnostics kit for respiratory tract infections.

Concept of LIG Biowise's diagnostics kit. Photo via LIG Technologies
Concept of LIG Biowise’s diagnostics kit. Photo via LIG Technologies

The knowledge economy

As uptake increases at BiOspace, Manchester Science Park could become a much-needed hub for medical research in the UK. In closing comments, MSP managing director Thomas Renn adds, “We’re passionate about supporting innovative businesses at every stage of their life cycle. The launch of this flexible new facility for very early-stage businesses is an important step,”

“With reduced overheads, and the business support network afforded by the MSP community, entrepreneurs have access to an environment conducive to measured risk-taking and meaningful collaboration – both essential elements of a thriving knowledge economy.”

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Featured image shows phials of luminious liquids researched at Manchester BiOspace. Photo via Biospace UK

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