National collaboration to support life science sector 


Bruntwood SciTech and Thermo Fisher Scientific have entered into a new strategic collaboration to support businesses across Bruntwood SciTech’s national portfolio of life science campuses, with a particular focus at their Alderley Park campus in Cheshire – the UK’s largest single site life science campus, which is home to more than 250 science and technology businesses.  

Through this collaboration, Thermo Fisher Scientific will provide Bruntwood SciTech customers using the Open Access Lab at Alderley Park – a coworking laboratory and shared equipment space – with industry support and access to a wide range of Thermo Scientific equipment.  

The Open Access Lab is designed to support start-up life science companies and offers affordable 24-hour access to specialist lab equipment and bench space for businesses working in key research and development areas such as drug discovery, oncology, biotech and pre-clinical trials. The addition of new and essential, lab-enabling equipment will further enable start-ups to carry out fundamental scientific work without upfront capital costs, meaning that they can get pilot data needed to secure funding.  

Alderley Park’s Open Access Lab also offers access to additional specialist equipment available on a pay-as-you-go basis, enabling businesses to trial a wider suite of equipment that they may not yet have access to, but are considering investing in.  

National collaboration

Bruntwood SciTech customers now have access to a nationwide enhanced Fisher Scientific, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, New Lab Start-Up Program, which will support the growth of life science businesses at all of their life science campuses across the UK, including Birmingham Health Innovation Campus, Citylabs in Manchester, and Melbourn Science Park in Cambridgeshire. This programme includes complimentary membership to the OBN life sciences network and savings on consumables, chemicals, safety and life science reagents from Fisher Scientific’s  range of  products.  

Additionally, customers will be exposed to engagement opportunities with Thermo Fisher Scientific, such as, new equipment demonstrations, seminars and virtual lab design support – tailored to support specific customer needs.  

Dr Kath Mackay, Chief Scientific Officer at Bruntwood SciTech, said: “These young, entrepreneurial businesses need to be nurtured, which is why we continue to provide the specialist shared facilities that fuel growth and reduce their capital expenditure burden – allowing them to focus on developing the treatments and technologies of the future. This agreement with Thermo Fisher Scientific will provide hundreds of businesses across our campuses with the best possible tools to succeed, and represents our latest investment in the future of the life sciences sector.”  

John Brear, European Sales Director Biotech at Thermo Fisher Scientific, said: “We’ve seen first-hand the quality of R&D taking place at its many science and technology campuses, and we look forward to helping them to continuously improve the offering it provides to customers through our cutting-edge lab equipment – ensuring they have access to the newest technologies as they leave development.”  

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