In 2008, 2Bio began working with a new life sciences company by providing start-up facilities to, helping with initial recruitment and bringing local public and private agencies together to support the business to establish. Over a five year period, the company has grown from start-up to almost 100 research and management staff, and is set to continue to grow to over 250 staff within another year. This growth has required to the development of additional facilities, and for 2Bio to continue support for recruitment and investment.
In another example, 2Bio is supporting the transition of an early-stage technology opportunity into a valuable business. The technology originates from a prestigious, international research institute which has applications in improving the speed and accuracy of the selection of new developmental drugs for treatment of a wide variety of diseases. 2Bio has supported the start-up team by helping to raise project finance from grant sources, co-developing and reviewing technical progress of the scientific team, engagement with the industry at very senior levels, and securing interest from commercial partners and potential investors.
These examples demonstrate the way in which 2Bio’ has incubated two very different types of company. We can help you to achieve your goals, whether a new start-up company, or a well-established business that is growing rapidly.
Support for Companies
Growing companies often lack all of the capability within to enable them to execute their business plans to the full. 2Bio is able to draw upon experience to provide valuable support to a company and help it grow.
Working as embedded support within an early-stage technology company, 2Bio team members have developed an IP strategy that is both cost efficient and presents the broadest possible market opportunity to the company. This has resulted in the company being able to raise early stage investment finance and use it’s limited financial resources to support both research and initial clinical product development of a new diagnostic test. The company’s product will help diagnose people with vision-related conditions sooner, meaning that there are more choices for medical intervention. 2Bio was fundamental in using networks to bring forward the necessary clinical trial which will be necessary validation for product approval and marketing.
A young biotechnology company commissioned 2Bio to evaluate its IP and associated know-how to help in selecting its product development programmes (in the area of infectious diseases). We worked closely with the company’s senior management and technical staff to identify products that would both play to the company’s strengths and have a feasible market. As a result of this work two of the potential products identified by this collaborative work were accepted by the company’s board of directors and were incorporated into its operations as new product development programmes.
Working with entrepreneurs from a gaming studio, 2Bio assisted in the refinement of the new enterprise’s business planning in relation to both the strategic direction and financial projection, and garnered local support to embed the company in to new facilities. The company has begun to trade, is winning new contracts and already has an order book that will mean that it will expand in the very near future. 2Bio provided accountancy support, strategic support, help with property and connecting the start-up team to the right people to get the right deal for the business.
Infrastructure Development and Operations
Unlike many practitioners in the design and development of lab-based buildings, 2Bio have been both consultants and client/operators of projects. This has stemmed from 2Bio’s experiences in designing and operating the successful MerseyBIO Incubator and provides a unique view in that 2Bio understand that any design has to be functional and support the operational and business plans of the property owner.
2Bio is working on a project for a European Government that is developing a new science park near the Country’s capital city. Our brief was to create units of various sizes to accommodate new start-ups, growing and established businesses on a state-of-the-art campus in a prestigious location. This project has required 2Bio team members to draw on their experience of working in and operating laboratories, and bigger research facilities, and required them to work within multi-disciplinary teams of architects, M&E engineers, interior designers and cost consultants in order to deliver a solution for the client’s needs over the coming 20-30 years.
2Bio is supporting a school partner, North Liverpool Academy, to design interior lab spaces for an innovative new school in the UK, Liverpool Life Sciences University Technical College. This has been developed in conjunction with a number of industry partners, and within which more advanced students will undertake industrial projects with companies within very high-specification laboratories. 2Bio has been able to bring to the project the experience of their team, plus a view of health and safety regulations and experimental processes, to develop a brief for architects, and other teams, that describes the activities students will likely undertake and ensure they are within regulatory guidelines for safety.
Working for a city region, the challenge was to create a view of local assets, the shape, scale and size of the local industry and research activity, as a baseline to develop a strategic view and set challenges for the city going forward. This required 2Bio to harvest large volumes of information, process it, analyse it and present it in a concise and useable manner. The outcome was a plan and a series of challenges that city undertook to grow it’s life science sector in a number of ways from supporting companies to grow, to supporting the research base to develop emerging areas, to supporting new schools that are specifically geared towards the up-skilling of the local sector’s workforce in areas specified by the local industry.
Strategic Review of Research Strengths and Opportunities
As part of its internal processes of IP searching and technology reviewing, 2Bio has developed a series of tools to aid in the capture, processing and visualisation of large numbers (many thousands) of references to research publications and grants to provide a visual picture of the research activity of an institution or region and their collaborations and networks. This has been used by clients to identify their own areas of excellence for internal review and external benchmarking to determine their competitive strengths, and to identify where partnering institutions have areas of complimentarily to aid them in establishing new collaborations and to avoid stepping on each others toes. Recently, two clients commissioned 2Bio to undertake a piece of work to identify areas where they could collaborate with each other, and how they would stack up against their competition. This required the review of all current grant awards and 12 months of publications from each institution. Using a variety of methods, including cluster visualisation, this identified four core areas for development of which two were pursued immediately.