Volcanic Forms New Base of Operations at LSP

Recruitment website designers,Volcanic, are expanding and settling into new offices in Liverpool Science Park and Bevis Marks, London.

Volcanic 2After recently celebrating its fifth birthday,Volcanic has been growing in strength and numbers, welcoming a host of new team members to the company. The firm has already taken on three people at the Liverpool office, and will recruit up to another seven members of staff in the coming months.

Matt Comber, Head of Client Services at Volcanic, said:

“By moving our client services into our Liverpool offices, we are able to take advantage of the growing digital sector in the area, getting access to highly skilled people.”


Offering a unique cloud-based publishing platform,Volcanic has attracted the attention of recruitment companies of all sizes, including Venquis, Montash, Oliver James Associates and Meridian Business Services. With a dedicated focus on user experience, Volcanic is ushering in a new era of online service for the recruitment industry.

Neil Pickstone, Managing Director at Volcanic, said:

“In the last two years we have been able to establish ourselves as a global leader and major supplier to recruitment companies of all sizes. The opening of our London office was the first of several office openings we are planning for 2015.

“We have already firmed up plans to open offices overseas in Vancouver, Singapore and Tokyo this year, which will add to our existing overseas presence in Mexico and Romania.”

LSP’s Chief Executive speaks at Universities as Regenerators

Later this month, LSP Chief Executive Chris Musson will be speaking at the Universities as Regenerators conference in Manchester. The half-day event is due to take place at the Citylabs 1.0 science workspace on Oxford Road in Manchester and will be dedicated to the increasing role of universities in the growth of cities.

Throughout the conference, which is being organised by Place North West and Active Profile, there will be a mixture of presentations, case study analysis and panel debate from industry professionals. Along with Chris, other speakers at the event include the director of capital projects and estates strategy at University of Liverpool, Alex Beedle, development director at Bruntwood and Manchester Science Partnerships, Chris Roberts and director of estates and facilities at University of Wolverhampton, Henry Gun-Why.

Also speaking at the event will be Flinders Chase director, Kerrie Norman, deputy director for science and business policy of New Economy Manchester, Helen Wilding, Hill Dickinson partner, Alan Pugh and Sheppard Robson partner, Rupert Goddard.

For more information about the event and to book on to the conference, visit:http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/universities-as-regenerators.html

Cake That! Live at the Park on 13th May. IC1 Reception

Huntington’s Disease Association are hosting their Cake That, HD! fundraising cake sale on the 13th May 2015 .

Come along and eat some cake!

Huntington's Disease Association

Where: The cake sale will be held in the reception area of ic1

Time: Tasty treats will be available from 10am- 3.30pm 

The Huntington’s Disease Association (HDA) is asking people to join them in saying Cake That, HD! during Huntington’s Disease Awareness Week, 11-17 May, by holding fundraising cake sales in aid of the HDA. They are hoping to raise £2,000 from all the cake sales being held all over England and Wales that week, which will help to continue their vital work in supporting people affected by HD.

Huntington’s disease (HD) is an incurable, hereditary brain disorder. As parts of the brain deteriorate, movement, mood, and mental ability are eroded until the individual is entirely reliant on other people for care. HD has a major emotional, mental, social and economic impact on the lives of patients as well as their families.  Symptoms usually appear between the ages of 30 and 50 but can be as young as 2 years old. HD affects 12 in 100,000 people – as many as cystic fibrosis and haemophilia and six times more than motor neurone disease.  Between 6,000-10,000 people in the UK have it with double that number at risk.

The HDA is committed to empower, inform, and support people affected by HD directly or indirectly. Their 22 Specialist HD Advisers help more than 15,000 people across England and Wales. Their youth worker travels 20,000 miles a year to support nearly 170 young people and children who have a family member with HD. They will be funding a 3-year research project on HD starting later this year.

HDA also run courses for professionals wanting to learn more about HD as well as a Young People’s Conference for young people with HD or at risk of having it and their partners.

If you would like to take part in Cake That, HD!, please contact Kerry Roe-Ely, corporate fundraiser for the HDA, on 0151 482 9068 or kerry.roe-ely@hda.org.uk. For more information about Huntington’s disease, visit www.hda.org.uk

New Drug Combination Shows Promise for Breast Cancer

Liverpool Science Park based drug development company, Evgen Pharma, working with researchers from The University of Manchester, has developed a new combination of drugs which could overcome treatment resistance and relapse in breast cancer.

EVGENIn research revealed at the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) annual conference, researchers showed that in the most common type of breast cancer, affecting 70 per cent of patients, the Evgen drug Sulforadex helps overcome resistance to routinely used hormonal treatments by targeting the cancer stem cell population

The new combination therapy, combines Evgen’s Wnt pathway-suppressing drug, Sulforadex with standard hormonal treatments.  This targets both the estrogen-sensitive cells and the remaining cancer stem cells at the same time.

Evgen Pharma has received more than £1.7 million funding from fellow science park-based company SPARK Impact, managers of The North West Fund for Biomedical.

Dr Marc d’Abbadie, investment director at SPARK impact, said: “SPARK Impact is delighted to see Evgen’s continued technical progress in such a crucial area. This new combination of drugs has the potential to help thousands of women whose breast cancer is resistant to standard treatment.”

Dr David Howat, head of research and development at Evgen Pharma said: “We are really excited about the data presented at the AACR. Dr Rob Clarke and his excellent research team at the University’s Institute of Cancer Sciences have demonstrated the efficacy of Sulforadex in patient derived cancer tissues in vitro and, importantly, in an in vivo setting. We now intend to extend this collaboration and advance Sulforadex into a clinical trial with breast cancer patients.”

Evgen Pharma also recently revealed that it has made a breakthrough in the treatment of osteoarthritis, a crippling condition affecting millions of people using the Sulforadex drug.

Researchers have revealed that a stable form of a chemical found in broccoli could be used as a potential treatment for the condition after positive results from a study at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London.

Recent research has found that eating vegetables such as sprouts, cabbage and especially broccoli, can ease the symptoms of osteoarthritis thanks to a compound called sulforaphane which is released from the vegetables during the digestion process. However substantial amounts would have to be consumed on a daily basis for patients to feel the benefit.

April #LSP10 Competition

LSP’s doors opened to our first tenants back in January 2006. As part of our ten month count down that commenced in March to celebrate 2015 as the Tenth Anniversary of the construction of the current ic1 site, LSP is hosting ten LSP challenges, each with a fabulous prize for the winner.#LSP Reflections

Each of the ten challenges will centre around showcasing LSP in its tenth year through photographs, artwork and imagery to illustrate LSP. In addition to one winner, a shortlist from each challenge will be drawn up and entered into the LSP10 Grand Finale at Christmas. Here, the main prize will be awarded to the overall winner, as voted by you, our tenants! On the way, we’ll be lucky enough to gather some lasting images of LSP in its Tenth Year to exhibit around the Park. We’ve already gained some fantastic images from you, our tenants, from March’s competition.

As LSP itself is an ambassador for promoting Liverpool and local companies, each month’s prize will be carefully chosen from the #LSP10 Crownmyriad of Liverpool independents in order promote our love of the city of Liverpool generally. March’s #LSP 10 competition was won by Julie at Ryder who won afternoon tea for two at Cuthbert’s Bakehouse – our wonderful  independent Mount Pleasant neighbour.

With this in mind, April’s #LSP10 challenge reflects LSP’s place on Mount Pleasant, at the top of Hope Street, at the foot of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and within the heart of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter:

Tell us which LSP communal areas these photos have been taken from.

The winner of April’s challenge who guesses the highest number of image #LSP10 Rubiklocations will win a duo of Independent Liverpool cards.

The deadline is 12 noon on Friday 1 May 2015. You can submit your entries to us viaLSP10@liverpoolsciencepark.co.uk. Please note, in entering this competition, the applicant agrees to the LSP 10 Competition Terms and Conditions.

Good luck and best wishes,

The LSP Team

Light Night 2015 to shine from LSP this year

LightNight, Liverpool’s one-night arts festival returns to illuminate the city for a sixth consecutive year on Friday 15 May, when thousands of visitors will explore and celebrate the city’s world-class cultural offer late into the night. This year, LSP is honoured to play host to some fantastic events that LJMU has in store.

Cathedral LightNight

LSP partner LJMU is this year’s Principal Sponsor of LightNight, and this year, staff and students from LJMU’s FaceLab, Open Labs and Racing Team will be holding a range of hands-on activities to give members of the public access to their research in user-friendly, entertaining and informative formats at Liverpool Science Park’s ic1 building on Friday 15 May 2015, from 4.00 pm until late.

LJMU Night Light 2015 Events based at ic1 include:

Face Lab @ Open Labs 


Discover the skills and technology behind Face Lab with hands-on activities including celebrity face ID from plaster casts, basic facial reconstruction skills/techniques, trials with haptic 3D modelling software and computerised facial reconstruction.

Maker Education @ Open Labs 


Get started with Maker projects at OpenLabs. Come along and learn about creating interesting and innovative projects with affordable electronics.

Racing Team @ Open Labs 


Formula Student is a worldwide engineering competition which invites teams to design, build and test single seat race cars against one another at famous Grand Prix Circuits across the globe.

Light Night Liverpool 2014

In addition to this, LJMU Architecture graduates and Deutsche Bank prize winners MAPOUT will also be projecting a must see show on to the exterior of Liverpool Science Park ic2 building and professional astronomers from LSP tenant LJMU’s Astrophysics Research Institute will be demonstrating their amazing plasma ball, spectroscope and thermal imaging technologies at the University’s School of Art and Design on Duckinfield Street, off Brownlow Hill.

Check out the neighbouring LJMU School of Art and Design activities on #LightNight:


Charlotte Corrie, Director of Open Culture which produces LightNight, said:

“We are delighted to announce LJMU as the festival’s Principal Sponsor. As an innovative, challenging and creative institution, we see ourselves and the University as natural partners.

“LightNight 2015 will be a wonderful showcase of Liverpool’s year-round arts offer. The festival is a huge collaboration to remind people of what’s on their doorstep and encourage them to come out and explore the trail of events together.”



NeST Hosts Hackathon at the Park on the 18-19th April

ic1′s tenant Open Labs will be hosting a Networks Sciences & Technologies (NeST) Hackathon over the weekend of 18th and 19th April here at their studio on the Park.

NeST Hackathon

Networks Sciences & Technologies (NeST) is an initiative at The University of Liverpool to help establish a well-founded and vibrant environment that provides a vehicle for stimulating applications of foundational research in network sciences and technologies.

To find out more about this initiative and the hackathon event taking place later this month, please visit the link below:


LSP 10th Birthday Celebrations and Competitions

As you may already be aware, this year marks the Tenth Anniversary of the construction of the current ic1 site. LSP’s doors opened to our first tenants back in January 2006.

So, with (mostly!) 1Easter Bunny0 months of the year to go before this 10th anniversary, we will be looking to celebrate the countdown with our tenants by hosting ten challenges over the course of the year, each with a fabulous prize for the winner, decided by an objective voting panel!

Each of the ten challenges will centre around showcasing LSP in its tenth year through photographs, artwork and imagery to illustrate LSP through our tenants’ eyes. In addition to one winner, a shortlist for each challenge will be drawn up and will be entered into theLSP 10 Grand Finale at Christmas. Here, the main prize will be awarded to the overall winner, as voted by our tenants! On the way, we’ll be lucky enough to gather some lasting images of LSP in its 10th year to exhibit around the Park.

As LSP itself is committed to promoting Liverpool and local companies, we’re keen to support other Liverpool independents and promote our love of the city of Liverpool generally, so the gifts and prizes will reflect this.

With this in mind, March’s LSP 10 Tenant challenge is as follows:

To take a photo of your favourite view or part of LSP, with an Easter theme incorporated (this can be anything but see below for some inspiration)!

The winner’s prize will be AFTERNOON TEA FOR TWO at Cuthbert’s on Mount Pleasant, our local independent bake house. You can read more about their story here:


The deadline is 12 noon on Thursday 2 April 2015. You can submit your entries us viaLSP10@liverpoolsciencepark.co.uk or alternatively upload them directly on to Twitter with the hashtag #LSP10. Please note, in entering this competition, the applicant agrees to the terms and conditions laid out below.

LSP 10 Competition Terms and Conditions

Please note, only LSP tenants can enter this competition.

Good luck and best wishes from all of the team at LSP

Easter Fund Raising with Ryder Architecture for Zoë’s Place

The Challenge!

This year Ryder are taking part in the Zoë’s Place 20 days challenge, which aims to raise £76,000 which is equal to the cost of running Zoë’s for a 20 day period.  Ryder along with a number of other companies have to see if they can raise a share of this.

Why Zoë’s Place?

Ryder’s chosen charity since 2013 has been Zoë’s Place baby hospice in West Derby.  Zoë’s Place provides palliative, respite and end of life care to babies and children aged 1-5.

The hospice can take up to six babies at any one time and provide one on one care.  They also provide support to the rest of the family.

Ryder chose Zoë’s Place as its right on our doorstep, an amazing facility and you know that the staff really do make a difference to these children’s lives.

To take a further look at Zoë’s place, their facilities and the crucial care provided to babies and children, please visit:


Itinerary of fund raising events:

Tenant Breakfast Treat on 2nd April 2015

Want a fresh coffee and a toasted buttery hot cross bun delivered to your desk? Email Katy of Ryder Architecture to place your order for 2nd April, krogers@ryderarchitecture.com

£3.00 for a toasted hot cross bun and accompanying coffee

£2.50 without the coffee.

Please ensure that all orders are emailed prior to the 2nd April to ensure good stock of these items.

Bake Sale on 2nd April 2015

Ryder Architecture are also having an Easter bake sale! Come and see them in the ic1 reception area where there will be a display of scrumptious treats on offer.


Three of the Ryder team are also planning to abseil down the Anglican Cathedral in August to try and raise £300 for Zoë’s!


Future events

Ryder are also beginning to look at other potential events, perhaps some wine and gin tasting for LSP tenants!

We will endeavour to keep you posted on their fund raising challenge and up to date with future events they have planned to raise money for this great cause!

Thank you for your support.

Liverpool Science Park feature in latest UKSPA publication

The latest issue of  the UKSPA publication, Innovation into Success was recently released and we are pleased to announce that the Liverpool Science Park features in the Laboratories section on pages 106-110.

The new wing of LSP ic1 opened in Spring 2014 following increasing demand for commercial laboratory space in the City. The extension consists of 11 flexible units of chemistry and biology laboratories and office space set across 4 floors. The new wing has exceeded all expectations.

To read this publication and find out more please visit: