Growing Newcastle Biotech company HistoCyte Laboratories have expanded operations and moved their Newcastle base to the Neon building at Quorum Business Park in north Newcastle. They have created four class II laboratories, making this the first laboratories created at Quorum.
Having outgrown the incubator space at the Herschel Annex on the Newcastle University campus, which had been their home for the last 5 years, HistoCyte have grown into a new larger space at Quorum. Histocyte, who develop quality control materials for use in tissue-based diagnostics needed to be in a building that could accommodate their growth aspirations.
Director Colin Tristram said ‘We looked at a few options, but settled on Quorum due to the good transportation links and flexibility of the space. The team at Broadoak (Asset Managers at Quorum) helped us with the technical specification in converting the office space into laboratories.’
Looking ahead with the laboratories up and running, HistoCyte are looking to host more meetings on site with potential clients and are building a strategy that looks at expanding their product range as well as developing process improvements for production. This will mean growing the team further over the coming years.
Colin Tristram said “Quorum signals the next phase in the growth of HistoCyte Laboratories. We now have a global brand in the tissue diagnostics market. Sitting as we do in between the large players we have found a significant niche in which to reside and grow. It is an exciting time in Newcastle and the Northeast for the growing biotech sector.’
Fergus Trim of Broadoak Asset Management said ‘We are really pleased to welcome Histocyte to the Neon building. This was a project we worked on for a long time, to show how the office space could be adapted to provide high quality bespoke laboratory space, on a flexible cost effective model. It is an exciting time for the biotech industry in Newcastle. We would love to grow a cluster here and welcome other Biotech companies to Quorum’
The Neon building creates a new workplace modal across 19 units of varying sizes from 6 desks upwards. This allows businesses of all sizes to mix and collaborate with shared meeting rooms and spaces. The new smaller office suites offer start-ups the chance to establish and grow in a business park full of big- name occupiers. All the suites are of a high-quality spec and with room to expand into larger space supported by a host of onsite amenities.