Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus Secures Phytatec Ltd as a New Tenant

Ben Jones
Aber Innovation office

Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus (AIEC) is pleased to welcome its second full-time tenant - integrated bio-refining company Phytatec Ltd. The move builds on a long-standing collaboration between Phytatec Ltd and Aberystwyth University, where its founder, Dr. Steve Bowra has collaborated with academic staff in the fields of crops improvement and biorefining over many years.

Phytatec Ltd has been working in the biosciences sector since July 2002, developing technologies that support the transition towards a bio-based economy. The company will take tenancy at the Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus from 1st December 2017 to join the burgeoning business community in mid-Wales.

Based on Aberystwyth University’s Gogerddan Campus, the Aberystwyth and Innovation Campus will provide state-of-the-art facilities for its collaborators and partners, including a biorefining and bio processing facility; an advanced analytical science centre; and a future food centre. Ahead of completion of the main construction project, the Campus already boasts fully-furnished office spaces where tenants like Phytatec Ltd can meet likeminded innovators and enjoy access to world-leading expertise in the agri-tech and biosciences sectors.

Dr. Rhian Hayward, CEO of Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus, said: “I am delighted that Phytatec are tenants at the Innovation Campus and see their presence as an important element of their accelerated integrated biorefining activities in the UK. We look forward to Dr. Bowra and his colleagues networking with our other tenants and benefiting from the business community networking we are hosting.”

“Our offices will appeal to companies with ambitions to grow and take new ideas to market. Our facilities, refurbished to a very high standard, will cater specifically to companies wishing to be part of a growing business community for the biosciences and agri-tech sectors,” she added.

Dr. Steve Bowra, Managing Director of Phytatec Ltd, said: “the Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus development and its office block represents an ideal platform from which we can continue to foster a close working relationship with project leaders within the plant breeding and biotechnology groups to achieve mutual benefit.”

The ambitious £40.5M Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus development is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government; by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and by Aberystwyth University.

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