Oxford Nanopore expanding at Harwell

Oxford Nanopore Technologies will soon be expanding its presence at Harwell by developing a new 34,500 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility.

The expansion will feature high spec clean rooms and laboratories as well as manufacturing and logistics areas and office space to help the DNA sequencing company meet growing demand for its innovative technologies.

“Building on existing facilities at Harwell, we will continue to access world leading testing facilities, be part of a unique ecosystem of people dedicated to science and innovation, and take advantage of the Campus space and development capabilities to create a high-tech bespoke facility,” said Gordon Sanghera, Chief Executive at Oxford Nanopore.

The building project has been made possible thanks to £100 million of funding from existing backers and new foreign investors, including GIC (Singapore), CCB International (China) and Hostplus (Australia).

On hearing the news, Prime Minister Theresa May commented, “I’m pleased that such a pioneering British business has obtained the investment they need to grow, creating thousands more jobs and continuing ground-breaking research in this field here in the UK.”

William Cooper, Principal of Harwell Oxford Partners said, “We are delighted that Oxford Nanopore has chosen to expand at Harwell. We’ve seen them grow into a phenomenal world-leading company and by supporting their major scale-up we are sparking the start of a new era of high-tech manufacturing on Campus and in Oxfordshire.”

The funds raised will also support research and development. The company has just added two new devices to its range – the PromethION high-throughput modular sequencer and the small single-test sequencer, Flongle – and will soon be introducing a smartphone sequencer called SmidgION.