The Launch of our Studio Space

We are extremely proud launch our multi-purpose Studio space.

Located next to the reception area of our ic1 building, the newly refurbished Studio offers you a chance to host larger events in a flexible environment. With lightweight and comfortable seating, the room can be quickly and efficiently customised to suit the specific needs of each event. We also offer access to high-spec AV equipment and our two large projector screens are mounted on the front-facing wall and with a further screen located on the right-hand wall.

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The Studio is designed to comfortably accommodate 70 clients in a traditional theatre style, 20 students in a modern classroom environment, or 16 delegates in a classic boardroom set-up. Furthermore, given the size of the Studio it is possible to utilise both the theatre set-up alongside any of the possible table configurations. Our team is more than happy to assist you in setting-up the Studio before the event and are also able to lend their expertise with advice about how best to arrange the room.

The room also lends itself well to catered events, housing a full-sized fridge and further table space in the back of the Studio. Again, our team are happy to assist with the logistics of an event as well as recommend some local catering options.

Given the Studio’s location in the front of ic1 and adjacent to our Reception area, it is an easily accessible space for first time visitors to the Park. Looking out over Hope Street and some of the city’s finest architecture can leave a lasting positive impression on potential clients, particularly those from further afield.

The Studio is available for our tenants at a preferential rate and can be booked for £25 + VAT an hour, with a minimum booking time of four hours, or for the full day ta £200 + VAT (including setting-up and breaking-down time). The space will allow our tenants to host an array of impressive events without the hassle of having to leave the Park.

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Please email enquiries@liverpoolsciencepark.co.uk if you have any further questions or if you would like to book an event at LSP.

LSP Tenant Videregen reports patent success in the UK and Australia

LSP Tenant Videregen reports patent success in the UK and Australia

ic3 tenant Videregen Limited has recently announced progress with its intellectual property portfolio, having patents granted and accepted in the UK and Australia respectively. Videregen, a clinical stage regenerative medicine company, focuses its attention on the development of personalised organ replacements.

Its successful UK patent involves the generation of viable implants from intestinal tissue to be utilised in areas such as bowel replacement, whilst the Australian application covers the production of scaffolds under negative pressure in a range of organ replacements.

A tenant at LSP since 2014, Videregen expects its IP portfolio to expand further, for example via its Innovate UK and Horizon 2020-funded collaborations. These are focusing on clinical trials of its lead trachea replacement product.

Of this success, CEO Steve Bloor said, ‘A strong intellectual property portfolio in the major markets worldwide is a prerequisite for the development and commercialisation of our tissue engineered replacement organs for severe medical conditions’. Furthermore, he believes that the recent advances have served to ‘highlight the innovative nature of [its] technologies and cemented Videregen’s position as a leader in regenerative medicine’.

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Shaping Strategies at Innovate UK 2016

The global spotlight on UK innovation was firmly on the North West last week as Innovate UK held its 2016 conference in Manchester. Having attended both days along with several thousand others, I can attest to the quality of speakers, the quality of this country’s research and the potential for us to drive the country’s economy through its brain power. It was also fascinating to be invited to be part of BEIS Minister Greg Clark’s round table considering how innovation should feature in the UK’s forthcoming national industrial strategy.

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As a language graduate with an MBA from Manchester Business School, I always feel slightly fraudulent running a science park. And yet, I don’t need to know why things work to understand how they could fit together, how they could be sold and which companies to back. The same was true for many of the speakers over the two days who came from the widest possible range of disciplines. Essential truths in one area, can often comfortably read across into others. As a benchmark for how LSP and the city is faring, it was a fascinating two days.

Much was made about the disproportionate effect which could be realised when key research facilities along with public and private sector assets work together in an area. There has been much talk of innovation districts and the updating on Michael Porter’s cluster theory, and that is firmly the direction in which Colin Sinclair and the KQ Board is steering their work. Many of the speakers came from the network of Catapult Centres, which Innovate UK created around the country to provide national leading brainpower and facilities to allow companies to benefit from equipment and know how which otherwise would be way out of their financial reach. Shamelessly adopting the German Frauenhofer model which has been around for more than 70 years, these have unsurprisingly proved incredibly successful. Liverpool currently has a branch of the Manufacturing Technology Catapult at LJMU’s Byrom Street campus and with Sensor City and the Material Innovation Factory falling foursquare in this space and both due to open in 2017, it does not take a huge leap to imagine the commercial interest these will create. Smart cities are also in vogue, not simply as an organism offering complex problems to be solved through use of Big Data, but also as the preferred solution to many people’s work/life patterns. That Liverpool’s KQ is essentially a major slice of the city centre is a powerful part of its attractiveness.

In terms of products, many speakers were trying to demonstrate technologies, which they felt had the potential to have wide applications across many aspects of industry. How, when or where required the benefits of a crystal ball, but wherever these breakthroughs ultimately took root, without access to skilled staff, flexible finance and flexible property, it was pretty certain it wouldn’t happen. And once a product was made, the fourth industrial revolution, the so-called Industry 4.0, was driving companies to be even more customer centric – generic products for whole populations were being replaced by personalised solutions for handfuls of customers. This approach certainly resonated with LSP’s approach to its customers since its inception. It doesn’t pretend to know what key sectors will be around in the future – it simply tries to future proof its facilities so that it can cope with a significant proportion of future requirements. LSP has always prided itself on being able to satisfy virtually any combination of size and lease length subject to availability and the dictates of our incredibly flexible floor plates.  In short, LSP is technology agnostic – if you’re good enough, we’ll move heaven and earth to make it work.  Maybe that is Property 4.0 in action, and we have always been ahead of the curve.

Automation hits the Financial Times

LSP Tenant Automation hits the Financial Times

ic2 residents Ultamation, with their partner Intuitive Homes, made front page news of The Financial Times this weekend with a feature on one of their multi-award winning projects; The Man Cave.

London and New York-based technology journalist, Jonathan Margolis, visited the leafy Mancunian suburbs of Bowdon to visit the award-winning project for himself to interview both the client and Ultamation’s founder Oliver Hall. The reaction from Margolis was effusive to say the least, claiming that they had managed to ‘out-California’ the West-Coast State.

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Oliver Hall, who created and programmed the automation in the space, said “we are delighted to have been featured in this prestigious publication”.

The Man Cave is an underground garage like you’ve never seen before. At the centre of it is a rotating turntable for the owner’s Maclaren Supercar to be parked, with over 15 sensors in the area, working with magnetic flux vehicle detention sensors in the driveway and underneath the cars, which Ultamation were able to program through collated information.

Furthermore, Ultamation gave the client an array of other amazing gadgets, including a HD distribution system to the games room, Hi-Fi audio distribution throughout the space, and hidden sensors throughout the cave giving it an intelligence of its own. The automation turned an already impressive space into a truly jaw-dropping one.

The four-minute video at the top of the FT ‘How To Spend It’ article demonstrates the all-encompassing extent of the technology which Ultamation fitted out The Man Cave with.

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Poppy Appeal at LSP

In the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, Poppies are available from ic1 and ic2 Reception.

To help support the Royal British Legion‘s annual Poppy Appeal, both of our reception areas have a supply of poppies available to purchase alongside a collection tin for any further donations should you wish to make any.

 

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LSP’s own David Stoddern has been fundraising for the Bootle Corps of the Salvation Army

Last Friday, LSP’s very own David Stoddern undertook a 6 mile walk to help raise money for the Salvation Army.

Joined by his wife, Janet, the pair marched from the picturesque Our Lady Star of the Sea church right up to Hightown Station by way of Crosby Coastal Park. Taking in Anthony Gormley’s iconic ‘Another Place’ statue (and giving it something of a makeover), and the house of Edward Smith, ill-fated captain of the Titanic, the two managed to fight off the adverse weather to make the most of the illustrious history the area has to offer.

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Of course, David and Janet’s journey had an extremely worthwhile cause. The Bootle Salvation Army, though primarily a Church which they attend, is a charity close to both their hearts. It is an organisation which the pair have been involved heavily with over the past three years and their fundraising pilgrimages have become something of an annual event. As well as their sponsored walks, Janet currently volunteers for the Salvation Army whilst David has previously put his financial expertise to fine use by helping them to manage their accounts.

The money raised by the efforts of David and Janet has been directly donated to the Bootle Corps and will help them to continue the amazing work that is being carried out in their Hope Centre. Home to a charity shop and a community outreach kitchen, the centre utilises every penny it makes to help address the issues of homelessness and unemployment in the north of our city.

In the run up to Christmas, David and Janet will be strongly supporting the Salvation Army’s interpretation of the Shoebox Appeal, with the donated gifts helping to better the lives of the regions under-privileged children.

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Here at LSP we are extremely proud of the fine charity work which David has undertaken and we are looking forward to finding out how much his latest efforts have gone towards raising money for such an amazing cause.

To find out more about the Salvation Army, and the work which the Bootle Corps carries out in particular, please follow http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/bootle

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Ryder Architecture are collecting stamps, old and new, to support Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice

ic1 tenant, Ryder Architecture, is calling on LSP tenants to help raise funds for Zoë’s Place by donating new or used postage stamps!

The stamps can be exchanged by Zoë’s Place for money, helping families with children who have life limiting or threatening conditions.

There is a dedicated red post box within the ic1 Bubble Room break room where you can drop off the postage stamps. Alternatively, at ic2 please pass your stamps in to reception.

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Zoë’s Place is an independent registered Charity providing palliative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants aged from birth to 5 years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. There is no cost to the families for this service.  To find out more about the care they provide or for details about how you can help to support Zoë’s Place please visit www.zoes-place.org.uk.

Ryder Architecture and LSP would like to thank you in advance for your help with this fantastic cause.

Videregen’s lead product granted EU orphan drug status

Videregen Limited, a clinical stage regenerative medicine company developing personalised organ replacements, has been awarded European orphan medicinal product status for its lead tissue-engineered replacement trachea product.

The designation, for severe tracheal stenosis (narrowing of the windpipe), is an important recognition by the European Medicines Agency of the potential of the replacement trachea in the treatment of this life-limiting rare disease. Orphan drug status will help expedite development of the replacement trachea, which is beginning a Phase I clinical trial, into a commercially available product.

Designed to bring patient benefit by encouraging research into rare diseases, EU orphan designation covers products for the prevention or treatment of life-threatening or severe conditions which affect no more than 5/10,000 people in the EU (no more than 250,000 in total). The designation brings a variety of benefits for the development of products like the replacement trachea, such as 10 years’ market exclusivity in the EU, additional technical and scientific guidance, reduced costs and potential access to funding. Videregen will, in due course, also apply for a US orphan drug designation, which brings similar benefits. Tracheal stenosis has been estimated to have a prevalence of 1.8 per 10,000 which translates to 91,440 in the EU population. Of this population of tracheal stenosis sufferers, a proportion would be appropriate for a tracheal replacement. Other estimates, such as ICD9 data, put the overall incidence of severe structural airway disease at c 12,000 in the EU pa.

The Phase I INSPIRE clinical trial, which is supported by a grant from Innovate UK, will treat four patients with severe structural airways disease. Videregen is leading the consortium1 of experts in tissue engineering and cell therapy which is undertaking the trial.

Dr Steve Bloor, CEO of Videregen, said, ‘Orphan medical product designation for our tissue-engineered personalised replacement trachea is a significant milestone on its development pathway, and recognition of its potential in the treatment of severe structural airways disease. It will also help to expedite availability of the product on a commercial basis with resultant patient benefit.’

For more details of the INSPIRE trial and consortium please visit the Videregen website.

An exciting Architectural Technician position at Modularize Ltd

A super opportunity for an Architectural Technician of any level to join the design team of the UK’s top Off-site construction design experts. The company are well established within the off-site sector and are considered leading experts.

Additionally, the company can offer excellent progression opportunities and thus require their staff to be strongly career motivated.

The Architectural Technician will be based in the office in Liverpool and will be involved in several projects simultaneously. There are many projects currently ongoing within the UK and internationally.

You will be taking a lead role in the delivery of several key projects, you will be producing technical working drawing packages, providing technical support to the designers, liaising with clients and contractors.

Work activities can vary depending on the project, but typical duties can include:

  • Selecting the best materials and processes for the project in relation to offsite construction.
  • Identifying location benefits and environmental impacts, designing for sustainable, modern construction.
  • Analysing architectural plans and drawings, highlighting any possible risks or problems and making amendments using Revit.
  • Management of the Architectural BIM model and co-ordination of suppliers and other consultant’s BIM models.
  • Specifying the appropriate technology and tools to be used in the project and advising where this requires deviation from the initial design plans.
  • Liaising with the architect, surveyors and other construction professionals to ensure the overall design intent is met.
  • Developing 3D visualisations including animations.
  • Architectural detailing of buildings, specifically for offsite construction.
  • Developing conceptual products and systems through to manufacture and installation on site.

Hours 9.00am-5.00pm Monday to Friday

To apply for this position, please send your CV and covering letter to info@modularize.co.uk

For further information about Modularize please visit here.

Growth and Collaboration at LSP

There is always a temptation in some quarters to try and pigeon hole multi-tenanted facilities, especially science parks.  This is often based on highlighting certain target sectors or the stage of tenant companies’ development, and creating some spurious rules around the name.  It might make for easy classification and work for others, but it does not reflect LSP’s commercial reality.  We just look for bright people working for interesting companies.  It probably also explains why we turn down as many potential clients as those we offer sales tours to. We guard our reputation and those of our tenant companies very closely.

Companies who come to LSP must be either a knowledge based company, a commercial facing part of the university R&D base or a professional service company, which works with such companies (albeit we only want one company from each professional discipline).  We look to work with companies at any end of the size spectrum. Start up companies benefit from the low cost, high value benefits of our co-working centre. Whilst Liverpool is well served by many, very creative spaces at that end of the market, LSP is the ideal space for companies looking to trade and to grow once their financial and business plans are established.  Not only is the space designed to flex with companies’ own growth aspirations, but the links with the two universities and collaboration options with the 65 companies physically based at the science park probably explains why over 40% of our companies have grown in size and number whilst they have been at LSP.  Indeed, we have seen just one of our original tenants, Mando Agency confirm that they will move into the city centre for a non-serviced office after nine years.  The move is a sign both of their commercial success and our success in helping companies to survive and grow whilst in their earlier years, and we wish them well.  Hard on their heels, we have just signed up a 20 strong IT development team of a wholly owned subsidiary of a major multinational.  They want to be at the creative heart of knowledge based companies and to work closely with both universities and to benefit from the abundant graduate talent pool.

We also have an additional cluster of 25 companies who take advantage of the LSP community by either paying to use our address or by taking advantage of our 24/7 hot desk facility, the Rubix Room.   We undertake as much due diligence on these companies as on those who take an office suite, of whatever size, as they enhance our reputation as much as the other companies.

Encouraging additional links between the tenant companies and a wider pool of like minded non tenant companies will be a key area of focus in the coming months.  We are currently looking to launch a rebranded networking and events programme, underpinned by an interactive online community by the end of the year.  Only companies who either meet LSP’s gate criteria or who work with companies of that ilk can join so that all members may benefit from the reciprocal rewards of collaboration with like-minded companies.

LSP is not only the physical heart of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter, but will progressively be its central meeting point.

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