Select Bio Laboratories moves into BioCity Scotland
9 October 2012
Lanarkshire-based biosciences incubator, BioCity Scotland, has
signed a deal with the Select Pharma Group to move its contract testing
laboratory services onto the site this month.
Select Bio Laboratories is acquiring 2500sq.ft of bespoke office
and laboratory space to provide GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice)
pharmaceutical microbiology and biochemical analysis to global
pharmaceutical clients. This will help the Group meet its strategy
of providing a one-stop shop for pharmaceutical testing.
Named as Scotland’s Best New Life Science Company in the Scottish
Enterprise awards this year, Select Pharma is anticipated to grow
its Biolab at Newhouse from three to ten staff over the next three
Providing highly-specialised testing services to major
pharmaceutical companies has become a major source of revenue as the
global industry contracts out. Select Biolabs can expect to win
further contracts from manufacturers based in North America and Asia
whose drug development must comply with EU regulations. BioCity has
overseen the re-fitting of the laboratories; a sterile testing area
and bespoke microbiological and biological laboratories, fitted out
to meet Select Bio Laboratories specifications.
Steve Hastwell, Technical Director for Select Bio Laboratories is
overseeing the move into the new facility: “BioCity Scotland is an
ideal base for us. The quality of the laboratory facilities is
world-class so the additional re-fitting gives us exactly what we
need. We also want to be associated with BioCity’s success in
establishing itself as a major provider of support to Scotland’s
life science businesses. I have no doubt that being based here will
bring opportunities to promote our services to the wider life
science community in Scotland.”
Select Pharma Laboratories was established in 2010 by David
Clapperton and Joanne Parkin, industry professionals with extensive
experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing and contract testing
services. The laboratory in Stirling achieved MHRA approval in
October 2010. Since then the company has grown rapidly with an
absolute focus on customer service throughout the organisation. This
has produced consistent delivery of high standards of service.
In November 2011 a second facility was commissioned in Stirling,
housing a specialist Stability Storage suite, and the latest
addition to the Group activities is Select Bio Laboratories at
Biocity. The company has received assistance from Scottish
Enterprise and Scottish Development International.
The arrival of Select Bio Laboratories brings to eleven the
companies now using the BioCity Scotland facilities and support.
Launched in January this year, the company has worked hard to bring
the 130,000 sq ft site and highly specialised laboratory equipment
into use again, and has also brought several corporate partners
alongside to provide professional services for tenants. Select Bio
Laboratories will have access to legal, accounting and IP experts
who now deliver regular workshops on site.
Fraser Black, MD of BioCity Scotland says: “We are delighted to
count Scotland’s Best New Life Science company amongst our growing
group of tenants. The calibre of management and scientific expertise
shown by the team is testament to the strength of the Scottish life
sciences sector, and BioCity is just the location for such as
aspirational organisation. We look forward to helping them with
their growth plans.”