Life sciences venture expands operations at Alderley Park

The Sai Life Sciences team

Sai Life Sciences, one of the fastest growing global contract research, development and manufacturing (CRO-CDMO) businesses, has expanded its existing base at Alderley Park, driven by continuing growth.

With a four-fold increase in floor space from 5,000 to 20,000 sq ft over the past two years, Sai Life Sciences’ expansion within the Park’s Mereside Campus includes the addition of a new chemistry and analytical lab, as well as an increase in its fume cupboard provision from 24 to 80.

The full-service CRO-CDMO – which works globally with innovative biotech and pharma companies to accelerate the discovery, development and manufacture of complex small molecules for the creation of new medicines – moved to Alderley Park in 2020 to establish its first European hub.

The site is part of Manchester-based Bruntwood SciTech’s national network of innovation districts.

Dr Kath Mackay, director of life sciences at Bruntwood SciTech, a partnership between property company Bruntwood and Legal & General, said: “Sai Life Sciences’ rapid expansion since first establishing its European presence here demonstrates just how much of a hotbed Alderley Park, and the UK more broadly, is for high growth life sciences businesses.

“Meeting the very real demand that our companies have for grow-on space is something we are committed to meeting, and is why we’re focused on continuing to invest in our lab provision across our network.”

She added: “Sai Life Sciences’ expansion also speaks to the value in joining an established, thriving knowledge ecosystem. We see time and again the power in being located within a cluster like Alderley Park – particularly when entering a new market from overseas.”

Tuneer Ghosh, senior vice president and head of CMC business development at Sai Life Sciences, said: “Our further UK expansion is testament to the strength of the life science community at Alderley Park. With a growing interest from innovator companies across the UK, Europe and US, this expansion in our facilities along with our top-notch scientific team, will help us better serve the growing demand for high quality process chemistry.”