MILFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) and BioCity, the UK's largest bioscience incubator company, celebrated the opening of a new open access analytical laboratory. Located in the BioHub at Alderley Park, the laboratory offers Waters’ state-of-the-art liquid chromatography (LC), mass spectrometry (MS) and informatics technologies, within a suite of analytical modules for scientists working in the pharmaceutical and life science industries.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne stated, “This is more great news for Alderley Park and for Life Sciences in Cheshire. We are home to so many innovative and growing businesses in the sector and I was delighted to hear that BioCity Group and larger employers like Waters are helping to nurture new talent.”
“Scientists on-site now have access to state-of-the-art Waters’ capabilities through the open access facility,” said Rohit Khanna, Senior Vice President, Applied Technology. “The companies located at BioHub are engaged in breakthrough research and development. Close engagement with these companies provides Waters with a deeper insight into their needs and challenges.”
The laboratory will be resourced with many of Waters’ latest technology offerings, including ACQUITY® QDa®, ACQUITY H-Class™, ACQUITY UPC2® and ACQUITY PDA Detector™, along with the expertise required to leverage the power of these instrumentation platforms. The laboratory also includes a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) system provided by Manchester Science Partnerships, the owners of Alderley Park.
“At Alderley Park, and indeed across the BioCity group, we are working with a growth formula that provides emerging and growing companies with access to everything they need to succeed - be it people, facilities, finance or technology,” said Dr. Glenn Crocker (MBE) CEO, BioCity Group. “The fact that our model and the work we are doing in partnership with Waters and MSP is recognized by the Chancellor is encouraging to hear. We are proud to be playing a leading role at the forefront of both the local and national economy.”
About Waters Corporation (www.waters.com)
Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) develops and manufactures advanced analytical and material science technologies for laboratory dependent organizations. For more than 50 years, the company has pioneered a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory information management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis systems.
About BioCity / BioHub at Alderley Park
Operated by the specialist life science incubation company BioCity, BioHub, based at Alderley Park (Cheshire) is a collaborative R&D centre which enables new and growing bioscience businesses to not only benefit from BioCity's specialist incubation support services (including shared services, training, business support and access to investment) but also Alderley Park’s high-specification research facilities.
The incubator has grown rapidly since launching in 2013, 10 years after BioCity itself was opened (2003) as one of the first Bioscience incubators in Europe. Now supporting over 150 companies, the BioCity team run a series of Innovation Engine Bootcamps, which has already lead to the creation of over 30 new companies (physical and virtual). To support these new companies, BioCity has formed a mentor network of 80 thought leaders, successful entrepreneurs, VCs and Business Experts.
Nine years after BioCity launched, the group created BioCity Scotland near Glasgow (2012) and MediCity (2013) on the Alliance Boots Enterprise Zone in Nottingham.
Over 200 plus companies started life in a BioCity business incubator and have raised over £50m of seed capital. The success of this growth formula is shown in a 91% survival rate of BioCity-based companies over 13 years. This has helped make any BioCity location an international hub for entrepreneurial activity in the life sciences.
Alderley Park/Manchester Science Partnerships
Alderley Park, part of Manchester Science Partnerships holds an international reputation for biotech and life science innovation in the UK. Set in 400 acres of beautiful Cheshire parkland, Alderley Park is home to over 100,000 sq m of premier scientific laboratory space, 100,000 sq ft award-winning Parklands office space, a 300,000 sq ft new re-development offering office, lab or manufacturing space, sports and leisure facilities, restaurant, cafes and international conference centre - A total place for living, working and recreation.
Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) is a community of scientists, innovators, investors and entrepreneurs, catalyzing the growth of innovative science and technology businesses. MSP provides the right environments and connections for new ideas to flourish and concepts to become a commercial reality. As the UK’s largest science park operator with five sites across the North West, MSP supports the growth of companies across the life sciences, ICT, industrial technology, advanced engineering and digital creative sectors, accommodating everything from single desk start-ups to European HQs.