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Surge in new occupants at Cardiff Medicentre

Since April 2010, occupancy rates at Cardiff Medicentre, the have increased from 60% to 85%. This increase reflects the continued growth and economic significance of the biotech and medtech sectors in Wales which, according to Welsh Government data, are together worth more than £1.3bn to the economy and employs over 15,000 people.

Surge in new occupants at life sciences base Medicentre.


Commentary

Dr Mark Bowman, Director of Innovation at Cardiff Medicentre said "After a lot of very hard work by the team here, I am delighted to see Cardiff Medicentre filling up with exciting new biotech and medtech startups."

He added "I believe that this increase is a direct result of our growing profile as a Welsh centre of expertise for business incubation."

For all Cardiff Medicentre media enquiries, please contact:

Carina Phillips
T: 07815 058283
E:carinaphillips@ntlworld.com

Notes to editors

About Cardiff Medicentre

Cardiff Medicentre is a dedicated incubator for biotech and medtech startups. The facility is set in the grounds of the University of Wales Hospital and is a neighbour to Cardiff University’s School of Medicine.

Established in 1992, Cardiff Medicentre is a joint venture between Cardiff Council, Cardiff University, the Welsh Government and Cardiff & Vale University Health Board. It was the first incubator of its kind in the UK and now provides 32 units of high quality office and lab space accommodation ranging from 284 sq ft to 1,045 sq ft. Low-cost desk leasing facilities are also available to encourage entrepreneurs to enter the Cardiff Medicentre community while writing business plans and raising finance.

Tenants at Cardiff Medicentre benefit from specialist support in establishing and growing their businesses. Their aim, and the aim of the Cardiff Medicentre management team, is graduation – the process of tenant businesses outgrowing the incubation facilities and moving into their own follow-on space, or being acquired.

Examples of successful graduate companies

  • Q Chip Ltd (completed $6 million venture capital investment round in 2011)
  • Cardiff Bioanalytical Services Ltd (acquired by LGC Ltd in 2010)
  • Cardiff Research Consortium (acquired by Capita Group plc for £11.6 million in 2009)
  • BioDynamics Research Ltd (acquired by Quotient BioResearch Ltd in 2008)
  • TrichoTech Ltd (acquired by Concateno plc for £11.25 million in 2007)
  • OnExamination Ltd (acquired by BMJ Group in 2007)

Published on Wed, 21st Sep 2011

 
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