Catch up on what you missed at our Mix’n'Meet tenant events

Posted on 27/09/16

Thanks to all of you made it along to September’s two tenant networking events held inside Discovery Park’s iconic science space Building 500. For those of you unable to make it, here’s a summary of what you missed. Hope to see you all next time.

And don’t forget out next Coffee&Connect breakfast networking meeting takes place from 8.30am next Thursday (6/10) at Innovation House reception.

Mix'n'Meet tenant networking events at Discovery Park

Site updates

Lauren and Renata from the tenant team updated on the latest new arrivals including solicitors Alan Ashley and Co, Compare the Treatment and R&D science business, Curadev.

Among the businesses to announce expansion plans over recent weeks were Alliance, CAT IT Project Solutions and BSPG Laboratories. Look out for further updates in the coming weeks.

Mix’n’Meet, September 13 2016 - The Speakers

Jo Spiteri, Partnerships Manager for Porchlight have an update on the work of the charity, giving examples of the people it supports every day of the year across Kent.

Don’t forget out we’ll be sleeping out on Friday, 14 October in aid of the charity. Get in touch with Renata, if you’d like to come along or help in some other way.

Abi Evans from NatWest, Mark Parrin from Kent County Council and Amanda Monteiro from Canterbury Christ Church University

Mark Parrin from Kent County Council and Amanda Monteiro from Canterbury Christ Church University sought support from tenants for employment schemes they help to run.

Find out more about how employing a disabled person or young people studying at CCCU can help your business

Abi Evans from NatWest updated tenants on services (startup advice, and personal/business banking support for example) offered from its recently opened sub-branch office on the first floor of Innovation House, with news that a new ATM cash machine will be installed shortly.

Mix ‘n’ Meet, 20 September 2016 - The Speakers

As with all of our tenant meetings this science focused gathering, held in the Lawrence Suite, Building 500 was not only a great networking opportunity but also a chance to how research on site is progressing.

Building 500

The first speaker was Dr Cornelia Wilson, Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University (CCCU) and Academic Manager of the university’s Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab. Located in Building 500, the opening of this research lab in March, marked the first phase of a refurbishment programme that will restore its reputation as THE place for scientific discovery.

Dr Wilson spoke of the progress of the laboratory, which was completed in March, and the mission CCCU has, providing its students with the best possible equipment to excel in their fields.

She then introduced two PhD students, Anjali Mandawla, and Emily Knight, who are both working on their studies on site with the help of Discovery Park tenants.

Anjali is studying embryology in agricultural animals, a study which will provide a more practical method of transporting animals between countries, using embryos as opposed to the current practice of transporting live animals.

She is working in collaboration with Genea Biomedx, using a device the Sydney based company, which has its European headquarters at Discovery Park, created.

Emily is working with Venomtech, the company which extracts and supplies venom from a diverse range of species, aimed at creating new life saving drugs.

Sharing expertise and facilities with Dr Carol Trim of Venomtech, the project is focused on the treatment of pancreatic cancer using venom. Lynn Purkins of Ziarco was next, having last spoke at the science tenant meeting 12 months before, she discussed the company’s success on site – including milestones reached in research to treat inflammatory diseases.

Scot Lift Systems

John Walmsley of BioPharm logistics experts Scot Lift Systems Ltd outlined the services his company provides, offering storage and packaging at reasonable prices to fellow Discovery Park tenants.

He also introduced a new online auction site the company has recently rolled out – selling hundreds of items, from pipettes to high end scientific laboratory equipment.

NHS Kent Community Health

Tracey Tomkinson from NHS Kent Community Health, spoke about the help businesses could give the service by enrolling their staff in free health checks. Have a look at the Health Checks section of their website to find out more.

Get in touch

To find out about locating your business at Discovery Park or to enquire about speaking at one of our next Mix n Meet tenant meetings get in touch with leasing executive Lauren Moore

The next Mix’n’Meet sessions take place in December.

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