Geneius Laboratories expands into Northumberland

A Newcastle University spin-out has expanded into a new Cramlington base

The Geneius letting in Cramlington
The Geneius letting in Cramlington

Geneius Laboratories, a world-leading DNA-based food and drinks testing company, has leased a 20,000 sq ft building at Colbourne Crescent, Nelson Park, Cramlington.

Founded in the North East and spun out of Newcastle University, Geneius is one of the region’s high tech success stories. The move from laboratory space in the University to the Cramlington site is a step-change for the company and will allow for many years of growth.

“The building, previously subject to a £3m investment to convert it into a state-of-the-art laboratory, represents a perfect opportunity for us,” said Professor Jerry Barnes managing director of Geneius.

“With help from UK Land Estates, Northumberland County Council and Arch, we were able to adapt the facility to our specific use and be up and running in double quick time.”

“Our unique DNA-based methods deliver unprecedented levels of accuracy and speed for food and drink producers and major retailers. This service is supported by our advanced online/offline software, which has been designed to provide quick and easy sample submission, reporting and presentation solutions. Geneius also provides award-winning microbial identification and strain typing services delivering powerful CSI-style investigative tools to explore issues both in the factory and supply chain.

“The acquisition of this laboratory space has enabled us to fulfil our expansion plans ahead of time. We have relocated, attained the rigorous accreditations necessary for our operation, and continued to deliver our services without a pause – a success for all the agencies involved and a tribute to our team at Geneius.”

Mark Proudlock, partner, industrial agency, Knight Frank, who advised the landlord, UK Land Estates said: “The work completed by the previous incumbent has enabled Geneius to expand into a ready-made laboratory suited to rigorous standards required for their use.”

Meanwhile, after just six months at Gosforth’s Regent Centre, the World Language School (WLS) has taken a 6,500sqft floor in Arden House, representing an expansion of over 500% in just six months.

Taking an initial suite of 1,250 sq ft in February, the WLS has been attracting more students to come to Newcastle from a number of new countries such as Turkey, Brazil and Angola with Portugal returning as a client in addition to a number of other European countries such as Austria and Spain already sending students.

Paulo Cardoso, managing director of the World Language School, said: “Connectivity through Newcastle International’s direct flights with southern European countries is extremely important as are connections through Edinburgh airport.

“We are getting some really good responses to our marketing and expect to be even busier as we focus on customer service and being competitive on price.”

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