Biotech firm takes on more space at estate

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A BIOTECHNOLOGY company is taking on more than 10,000 sq ft of additional space at the Thorp Arch Estate in Wetherby.

Avacta Group has leased two more units to create new laboratories, offices and manufacturing space.

The firm, which creates analytical tools for drug developers and diagnostics for vets, employs 70.

The expansion follows Avacta’s acquisition of Leeds University company Aptuscan.

Avacta chief executive Alastair Smith said: “Our expansion at Thorp Arch Estate will accommodate our immediate business growth. This is an ideal location for biotechnology enterprises with a tranquil atmosphere and excellent access to the motorway network and we are enthusiastic about the estate management’s plans to create a wider science park facility.”

Tim Munns, director of Wharfedale Property Management which manages the Thorp Arch Estate, said: “We’re pleased that after two years at Thorp Arch Estate, Avacta sees its longer-term future here.

“We are keen to develop a science park, focusing on health and innovation, on the north side of the estate providing laboratories and offices for enterprises with similar requirements to Avacta.”

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