The Minister of State for Universities and Science has visited Karm Research Group at the new wing at Liverpool Science Park recently.
The Rt Hon David Willetts MP met with Liverpool Science Park board member and Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, Professor Nigel Weatherill and toured the new four-storey, 40,000 sq ft building.
The structure connects to Innovation Centre 1 (ic1) on Mount Pleasant and has already welcomed a host of new tenants including Karm Research Group which is developing products in the chemistry sector and Contract Analytical Laboratories which provides pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical development solutions.
On the visit, Mr Willetts met with the technical director at Karm Research Group, Mark Jones who showed him around the new laboratory facilities and explained the technologies being worked on. These include an antimicrobial product for the healthcare industry and a revolutionary new type of gravure printing cylinder.
Mr Willetts said: “It was fantastic to see the brand new purpose built office and commercial laboratory space at Liverpool Science Park and also to meet the talented businesses which have moved there.
“The Liverpool Science Park model is a perfect example of how creative and innovative companies are benefitting from being in start-of-the-art space and part of a community of like-minded knowledge-intensive businesses. Companies can also benefit from the strong links to university academia, cutting edge research and access to funding.”
Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, said: “Ideas are the lifeblood of both universities and business and this visit was an excellent opportunity to show the Minister how Liverpool Science Park is driving economic recovery through new business formation, nurturing and developing companies from across a whole range of sectors.”
Chris Musson, chief executive of Liverpool Science Park, said: “It was an honour for Mr Willetts to visit the park, to showcase the building and its benefits, as well as highlighting some of our recent successes.”