Company calls for dedicated Leeds science park to help retain jobs

An innovative developer of medical technology has backed calls to develop a specialist scientific park in Leeds, in order to lure and retain the best candidates for scientific development and medical sales jobs.

Antony Odell, the managing director of University of Leeds spin-off business, Tissue Regenix, said that his company is quickly out-growing its current base at York Science Park, and needs somewhere to go.

“I recognise that these are difficult times but healthcare and life sciences – if you get it right – is a very good thing to build,” he told the Yorkshire Post. “We are looking at premises in York and Leeds. There’s not a dedicated bio park in Leeds.”

He explained that a dedicated science park would allow them to develop as a cluster and to help promote the development of appropriate skills training in the region.

He added, “York Science Park is fine when you’re a small company but when you’re our size it gets a bit more difficult.”

Tissue Regenix is involved in the development of implants that promote the regrowth of body parts, and recently raised £25 million in investment funding to commercialise its technology.

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