Minister welcomes further wave of businesses at MediCity

The Minister for Local Growth at the Department for Communities and Local Government has congratulated MediCity for its work in attracting 20 new businesses in just four months to the rapidly-expanding health, beauty and wellness innovation hub.

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The MediCity team has received ministerial praise
This is great news for MediCity and the UK's healthcare sector.

Kris Hopkins, Local Growth Minister responsible for Enterprise Zones

The Minister for Local Growth at the Department for Communities and Local Government has congratulated MediCity for its work in attracting 20 new businesses in just four months to the rapidly-expanding health, beauty and wellness innovation hub. Nine companies have recently signed tenancy agreements to locate their activities in the refurbished building on the Boots site in Beeston, which lies in the Nottingham Enterprise Zone.

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.

Kris Hopkins, Local Growth Minister responsible for Enterprise Zones, said: "This is great news for MediCity and the UK's healthcare sector and shows the potential Enterprise Zones have to bring complementary companies together in an environment where they work closely with each other and thrive. Enterprise Zones are showing that our long term economic plan to secure a better future by spreading businesses, jobs and skills training across the country is working."

The latest companies to base themselves at MediCity are involved in a range of commercial activities including veterinary and medical device development, water purification, online access to counselling services, licensing and IP of medical devices, innovation business consulting, patent and IP advice, materials processing for medical applications, specialist life sciences advice and funding, and the regeneration of human tissue.

Those companies engaging in technology innovation are:

  • Biovici provides point-of-care devices for the healthcare, medical, veterinary equine markets. These non-invasive devices provide real time information to health professionals as well as individuals.
  • Air Quality Research Ltd develops chemical-free water and air purification systems for both commercial and domestic markets. Using a novel ionisation process, these systems can be powered using wind or solar energy, making them ideal for primary water treatment in emergency or globally remote environments. AQR offers scalability, from domestic needs to urban and industrial situations, using the same core components. Business growth will come as the team works closely with MediCity and chemists at Nottingham Trent University.
  • Support Network Online works in mental health to connect clients with counselling psychologists. Particular emphasis is placed on servicing individuals in areas that lack local counselling services or who face mobility challenges. The company has recently been accepted as a member of the National Counselling Society, the industry standards-setting authority.
  • ViVO Smart Medical Devices Ltd works with medical professionals on the design and manufacture new products which will ultimately improve patient care and reduce the costs of healthcare. The company has been awarded a Small Business Research Initiative SBRI Healthcare development contract from NHS England to develop Pupiloscope™, an innovative handheld electronic device which helps doctors instantly diagnose life-threatening head injuries.  ViVO will eventually create its own brand of medical devices.
  • ESP Technology Ltd has developed a performance-enhancing material for use initially in vascular access for patients receiving haemodialysis to prevent excessive bleeding. A graft coated with a microcellular version of the material closes up around the puncture site, effectively "self-sealing" the wound. The ESP team will be working closely with Nottingham Trent University and with MediCity to source funding and collaborators.
  • Locate Therapeutics is expanding into MediCity as its regenerative medicines activity moves into a new commercial phase. The company specialises in regenerative medicine and device innovation, and is looking to apply its patented TAOS™ technology into a broad spectrum of clinical applications.

The MediCity community of business support companies is joined by the following firms:

  • We Are Unstuck is a consultancy working with clients across a range of disciplines, supporting them to deliver innovation.  From Pop-up Problem Solving to Collaborative Leadership Coaching founder Sarah King plans to help MediCity companies and others in all stages of their product and service development.
  • Adamson Jones IP Ltd, patent and trade mark attorneys, announced its move into MediCity in April 2014 and counts leading names like Boots UK, Sanofi, Advancis, Intersurgical and Vectura amongst its clients. The company has its HQ at BioCity Nottingham, in the heart of the city's Creative Quarter, reflecting the team's strength in the life sciences and medical technology, and its move to MediCity now gives it a presence within the Enterprise Zone.
  • Pythia Consultancy Ltd is a consulting firm providing a range of scientific and commercial advisory services to biotechnology, healthcare and nutraceutical companies as well as to investors. Services include technology scouting, partner identification, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, marketing and business strategy. The company is already working with several European and US clients.

David Browning, Director of MediCity, says: "Having a further nine ambitious companies as part of the MediCity business community is very exciting. Each brings a wealth of business experience as well as a fascinating insight into emerging healthcare technology. I know several firms have already found opportunities to collaborate and to share expertise, something MediCity actively promotes."

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

  • Notes for editors

    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 over 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 business activities of: 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 3,150* health and beauty retail stores, of which just under 3,050* have a pharmacy.

    *Figures are approximations as at 31 March 2014 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.

Minister welcomes further wave of businesses at MediCity

Published on 16 June 2014
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