A new hub which acts as a launch-pad for research, innovation and collaboration between health, technology and science has been launched for the first time at the Trust.
The South Tees Bio-incubator has been set up to allow early-stage biotechnology and life sciences companies become established and realise potential commercial success, by providing access to specialist facilities, expert advice and shared laboratory space.
A strategic partnership between the Trust, Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) and the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), it has already welcomed its first tenant – GlycoSeLect UK – into its new home at the Institute for Learning, Research and Innovation at The James Cook University Hospital.
Director of Innovation and Consultant Cardiac Surgeon Professor Andrew Owens said: “Our aim is to create a leading-edge hub at the heart of our clinical research campus to accelerate collaboration, technology and knowledge exchange and open innovation.
“It’s now widely acknowledged that research, innovation and entrepreneurship are crucial driving factors for the North East’s long-term efficiency, competitiveness and economic growth and initiatives such as this mean the Trust can develop deep and high value partnerships.”
For further information about the South Tees bio-incubator contact Andrew on 01642 854728.
GlycoSeLect (UK) Ltd, which specialises in the development of glycoprotein separation technology for analysis and manufacturing uses in pharmaceutical companies, is the first company to set up a laboratory facility in the Middlesbrough hospital.
“The North East has a tremendous reputation for welcoming companies from around the world and nurturing their growth and success which we will leverage. Our team are delighted to continue their connections with the Biologics Unit of CPI and the South Tees Bio-Incubator provides our team with an excellent working environment and facilities needed to grow our business in a renowned medical research campus” – Chief Executive Robert Dunne
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The Northern Health Science Alliance is an alliance of the top eight North research universities, their associated NHS teaching Trusts and four North Academic Health Science Networks.
“The North’s life sciences economy is recognised internationally and already contributes £10.8bn to the UK economy. Projects such as The South Tees bio-incubator build on that recognition helping to drive further jobs, investment and innovations into the North. I am looking forward to working with the South Tees incubator and the CPI on a new model of innovation between our respective organisations.” – CEO Dr Hakim Yadi
The Centre for Process Innovation is a UK-based technology innovation centre and part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. It uses applied knowledge in science and engineering combined with state of the art development facilities to enable clients to develop, prove, prototype and scale up the next generation of products and processes.
“We are delighted to work with the team at South Tees developing this and a series of other exciting healthcare projects where we can focus our technologists and business experts to help to deliver solutions at the front-line. Because of market demand we haveplans to extend bio-incubation facilities here in the Tees Valley to join with other supply chain expertise in projects such as the biotherapeutic factories of the future/new healthcare solutions centre planned for 2018.” – Dr Chris Dowle, Director of Future Business in Healthcare