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Halo Labs, the San Francisco-based life science instrumentation company developing tools for biologics researchers has taken laboratory space at The EpiCentre, Haverhill Research Park, Suffolk, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The company will be testing its equipment on drug particles at the innovation centre which is managed by Oxford Innovation, the UK’s leading operator of innovator centres with 26 facilities around the British Isles. 

Dr Paul Dyer, Field Application Scientist at Halo Labs, says: “We needed a facility to carry out tests on customer samples and with the pandemic this need has accelerated. The EpiCentre meets our requirements in terms of laboratory standards for biotech testing and is more than sufficient to meet our needs.”

Dr Dyer points to the business support provided by Oxford Innovation, its competitive pricing and flexible terms, together with easy road access to Haverhill that, in some respects, gives it an advantage over many Cambridge locations.

The Halo Labs products have reduced therapeutic development timelines and have revolutionized stability testing across the industry. Its Horizon and Aura systems have become the standard for high-throughput, low-volume particle analysis, it is now considered the technology of choice in cell and gene therapy.

Researchers around the globe depend on Halo Labs for unprecedented insights into aggregates and subvisible particles present in their drug products via optical imaging on membranes.

Halo Labs is the second biotech company to locate at The EpiCentre’s laboratory facilities. CodiKoat, a start-up company which has developed a ground-breaking technology that kills viruses and bacteria on surfaces within seconds and is designed to halt the spread of Coronavirus, took up occupation before Christmas.

CodiKoat caught the attention of Health Secretary Matt Hancock when he undertook a virtual tour of the new EpiCentre recently.

Hancock, the MP for the West Suffolk constituency, was undertaking a tour via video-link, to see the new vaccination clinic set up by the Suffolk GP Federation and while there dropped in to see CodiKoat.

The Health Secretary who confirmed that touch is a core vector in the transmission of coronavirus, commented: “That’s amazing, I could see the benefit of this immediately including within the NHS,” and he asked for more details to be sent to him.

Gareth Scargill, commercial director at Oxford Innovation, said “The arrival of both Halo Labs and CodiKoat at The EpiCentre shows the ripple effect from Cambridge that makes Haverhill a viable location. Our shared labs come fully kitted out with specialist equipment, perfect for tissue culturing, microbiology research and more. And with a write-up area and waste management, biotech companies have everything they need,” Scargill adds.

Article by Jaynic

JAYNIC is an established property company that specialises in promoting land for residential and employment development through the planning process, the implementation of pump-priming infrastructure and development of buildings on a speculative and bespoke basis.

Jaynic has recently been appointed by Mid-Suffolk Council’s development company as joint venture partner on its Gateway 14 site with potential for 2m sq ft of business, warehousing and high-tech innovation space on the A14 at Stowmarket.

Jaynic’s Suffolk Park major employment site in Bury St Edmunds, is now well established. Global flavour and fragrance solutions company Treatt plc recently moved into the 112,000 sq ft first phase of its HQ there. Also, logistics companies are locating on the park with Unipart taking  a 206,000 sq ft warehouse and an 870,000 sq ft warehouse is being built for Belgian logistics group Weerts as its first location in the UK. This follows on from garden furniture import company M H Star taking a 105,000 sq ft warehouse in 2020.

Jaynic has developed the EpiCentre innovation centre for young entrepreneurial and biotech companies on its Haverhill Research Park and is working on a further 1.75m sq ft business park at the former RAF airfield in Shepherd’s Grove near Stanton, Suffolk.

On the residential side, acting on behalf of a landowner, it won a planning consent for a 125 unit residential scheme with 30% affordable housing at Red Lodge on the A14 and sold the site to Barratt Eastern Counties.

Its development activity over the last 25 years has been predominantly focused on East Anglia with schemes in the early years including Cambridge Research Park, Buckingway Business Park at Swavesey, the University of Essex’s, Knowledge Gateway, and Haverhill Business Park.