MediCity welcomes second wave of tenants

Six companies have recently signed tenancy agreements to locate within MediCity, the health, beauty and wellness innovation hub based in Nottingham.

Six companies have recently signed tenancy agreements to locate within MediCity, the health, beauty and wellness innovation hub based in Nottingham. This brings the total to 11 companies who have chosen to have a base in this part of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone in the recently refurbished building on the Boots site in Beeston.

MediCity is a collaboration between Boots, the UK's leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, and BioCity, the UK's leading life sciences incubation company. Nottingham Trent University is a member of BioCity Nottingham, was a founding leading partner in its creation and continues to play a strong role as a board member in relation to its development.

The tenant companies cover a range of commercial activities including sports body-care, the manufacture of anti-ageing chewable vitamins, the development of apps for remote health monitoring, the development and printing of nanomaterials for high-performance applications across a range of industries, new healthcare brand marketing and intellectual property experts.

  • Nano Products Ltd incorporates nanosilver, nanographene and carbon inks in the printing of conductive electrodes onto thin plastic sheets. Owned by parent company West Yorkshire Printing Company Limited, Nano Products is taking space in MediCity to develop its technology for use by medical device and healthcare diagnostics manufacturers, contract research organisations and developers of anti-counterfeiting systems for pharmaceuticals, tobacco products, spirits and drinks. Access to the facilities and skills at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Science and Technology through the ERDF-funded iSMART project is a further reason for Nano Product's choice of MediCity as its base.

    Nottingham Trent University researchers involved in assisting the company include Professor Bob Stevens, Dr Haida Liang, Sammy Cheung, Neranga Abeywickrama, and Simon Thompson.

  • Natural Hero is a consumer sports and wellness brand consisting of muscle rub, soak and sports spray. Developed with plant scientists and physiotherapists, the natural products combat muscle fatigue and condition the skin. Following a serious skiing accident, founder Louise Vincent set about researching alternatives to synthetically-loaded sports body-care. MediCity will provide Natural Hero with access to Boots marketing advice and business development to help expand the brand's reach.
  • Getto Healthcare is a new venture aimed at bringing anti-ageing chewable vitamins and unique food supplements to market. Manufactured on site, the supplement incorporates healthy ingredients like goya and particularly extract of getto plant, which is commonly eaten with rice and drank in tea by the Japanese. Getto Healthcare has developed the formulation for the products in partnership with Japanese Scientists and under the Okinawa Program and advice of Dr Makoto Suzuki, MD PHD, Professor Emeritus, Cardiologist and Geriatrician, Chairman of the Okinawa Research Centre for Longevity Science.
  • Pousache is a healthcare product consultancy under the direction of biochemist and innovator Saneth Wijayaratna. Finding new ways to personalise healthcare has led Saneth to work with partners around the world including Nihon University in Japan and University College London. His academic post with the Institute of Cardiovascular Science at UCL is helping to develop new remote patient monitoring solutions which will gather data from various sources to be stored remotely [in the Cloud]. MediCity will provide the consultancy with business development support.
  • weareMAD is a health and beauty brand development and marketing venture. The company will focus on bringing new technologies to market, initially in five distinct areas of female hygiene, vitamins, mouthcare, skincare and sleep. MediCity is currently assisting the founders with pre-start up business advice and funding support through the Next Business Generation programme.
  • IP Asset LLP is an intellectual property agency with offices in Oxford, Bath, Cambridge and London. The team works with major clients such as Boots UK, as well as start-up firms, to identify and protect patentable ideas. As patent attorneys, lawyers and licensing experts, IP Asset works to create and extract a commercial return for their clients from these ideas. MediCity tenants will be invited to free IP training and guidance sessions as well as informal clinics.

David Browning, Director of MediCity, says: "With 11 tenant companies signed up we are reaching the first critical mass where entrepreneurs start to work together and share their connections. This is how new ventures go from drawing board to boardroom; and with MediCity expertise as well as access to Boots marketing intelligence, tenants can achieve growth much faster than if they start out alone."

Mark Chivers, Enterprise Zone Director, Alliance Boots, says: "We are thrilled to formally welcome these six new tenants to MediCity. This 'wave' of new tenants brings some stimulating new product and business innovations, and together with BioCity, we are excited by the opportunity to accommodate these companies and work in assisting the future development of the health, beauty and wellness market in Nottingham, the UK and beyond.”

Support for the early stage businesses based at MediCity is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

  • Notes for editors

    Media contacts:

    BioCity and MediCity

    Louise Third, Director, Integra Communications: +44 (0)115 912 4350/07773 288342

    Boots UK

    Clare Stafford / Bethan Simmons, Boots UK: +44 (0) 115 959 5995

    About MediCity

    MediCity is a collaboration between Boots, a member of Alliance Boots, and BioCity, the UK's leading life sciences incubation business. MediCity provides a stimulating and supportive business development environment for innovators in consumer healthcare, medical technology, diagnostics, and beauty products.

    MediCity is based within the Nottingham Enterprise Zone on the Boots site in Beeston. Businesses housed at MediCity will benefit from BioCity’s experience of growing successful businesses in specialised incubator environments and Alliance Boots expertise in the global healthcare market.

    MediCity offers the ideal environment for both start-up and established companies to grow and achieve success. Businesses benefit from BioCity's proven track record in developing the right ecosystem for companies in the sector to thrive, and from the innovation and product development knowledge of Alliance Boots.

    Hot desks and "pods" provide the ideal working environment for individuals or small teams at the very early stages of developing a business idea. MediCity provides laboratory and office facilities on a flexible basis, access to high-end equipment, shared services, training, business support and access to investment.

    MediCity provides a venue for conferences and events of eventually up to 1,000 delegates focused on health, beauty and wellness.

    Support for the early stage businesses based at MediCity is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

    About Boots UK

    Boots UK is the leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer in the UK, with close to 2,500 Boots UK stores and around 60,000 employees. Boots UK's purpose is to help customers look and feel better than they ever thought possible. Customers are at the heart of our business which is committed to providing exceptional customer and patient care, be the first choice for pharmacy and healthcare, offer innovative products 'only at Boots' such as the UK’s leading skincare brand No7, all delivered with the great value our customers love. Created over 160 years ago, the Boots brand is still at the heart of the communities it serves.

    Boots UK is a member of Alliance Boots, a leading international, pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers. Working in close partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists, Alliance Boots is committed to improving health in the local communities it serves and helping its customers and patients to look and feel their best. Its focus is on growing its two core businesses: pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution. Alliance Boots has a presence in more than 25* countries and employs over 108,000* people. Alliance Boots has pharmacy-led health and beauty retail businesses in nine* countries and operates more than 3,100* health and beauty retail stores, of which just over 3,000* have a pharmacy.

    *Figures are approximate as at 31 March 2013 and include associates and joint ventures.

    About the Nottingham Enterprise Zone

    In March 2011, the Alliance Boots site in Beeston, Nottingham, was awarded Enterprise Zone status by the UK Government. Enterprise Zones are designated areas with incentives to encourage the creation of new businesses, which will contribute to the growth of local and national economies.

    The Nottingham Enterprise Zone is comprised of part of the Alliance Boots site in Beeston and three other smaller sites – the Beeston Business Park, the Nottingham Science Park and the MediPark site (at Queens Medical Centre) which together make up 286 acres (116 hectares).

    The Alliance Boots site in total consists of 279 acres (113 hectares) and the Group’s vision is to create a UK centre for innovation in health beauty and wellness in Nottingham. The site will offer a cost effective, high quality, centrally located site for health and wellness businesses such as business incubators, start-ups and small and medium enterprises. As well as existing buildings suitable for redevelopment, the site also includes around 100 acres (40 hectares) of brownfield land suitable for development.

    About BioCity

    BioCity specialises in the creation and development of business incubation sites for the life sciences. It provides a home for new and growing businesses and creates the right environment for tenant companies to have the strongest chance of success.

    BioCity does this by providing laboratory and office facilities on a flexible basis and access to high-end equipment, shared services, training, business support and access to investment.

    In 2012, BioCity established BioCity Scotland, nr Glasgow and in 2013 BioHub at Alderley Park nr Manchester for Astra Zeneca providing 350,000 sq ft of quality lab and office facilities.

    Over 100 companies started life in a BioCity business incubator and have raised £45m of seed capital. This growth formula has helped make BioCity an international hub for entrepreneurial activity in the life sciences.

    About the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the East Midlands

    MediCity is part financed by the Structural Funds for the East Midlands Region of the European Regional Development Fund [ERDF] Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit Gov.uk

MediCity welcomes second wave of tenants

Published on 21 May 2014
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