With a mission to bring scientists, academics and entrepreneurs together to create a cluster of scientific excellence, enterprise and collaboration in the South West, the brand new science incubator Unit DX will be a welcome addition to Bristol.
“Unit DX partnership will provide a real boost for science entrepreneurs in the South West”
With the official launch tomorrow, in conjunction with British Science Week, the repurposed industrial unit is taking inspiration from Silicon Valley by providing science and tech start-up companies on-site access to instrumentation, technicians and a network of business and technical support.
Inside Unit DX: Brand new shiny labs ready for the
next generation of science and tech startups
As Harry told us when plans for the incubator were first announced, “The idea came about when looking for laboratory space in Bristol for another company we are involved with, which is a chemistry based start-up called Ziylo [who are developing a real-time sugar-sensing platform], originating from the University of Bristol. We were surprised at the lack of hard science facilities in the area, especially for the life sciences sector.”
Harry added, “I wanted to create opportunities for Bristol and Bath-based scientists, to go alongside its fantastic media, tech and engineering industries.”
Boosting science collaboration
Unit DX is collaborating with other organisations in the South West to assist in retaining Bristol’s world-class scientific talent and research, and will be working in partnership with business incubator SETsquared and inward investment agency Invest Bristol & Bath.
Monika Radclyffe, Centre Director at SETsquared Bristol (pictured far right) says of the incubator: “Bristol is a fantastic city in which to start a company. The SETsquared – Unit DX partnership will provide a real boost for science entrepreneurs in the South West. Thanks to the partnership, Unit DX tenants will be able to not only benefit from their high quality support environment, but also SETsquared’s guidance on business growth, strong links to investor community and university expertise.”
Matthew Cross, Head of Inward Investment at Invest Bristol & Bath agrees: “There is a rich heritage of innovation from start-ups in the region that have gone on to become a major force in their technology area, and Unit DX will enable the same for the scientific community.”
“There isn’t a privately-funded science incubator like this in the UK currently, and we’re proud that Bristol and Bath’s reputation for innovation is leading the way”
He adds, “Such a vibrant start-up scene has been a magnet to international investors such as Cray Supercomputers, Strava, Oracle, Imaginarium and we expect the same to happen in the science sector. There isn’t a privately-funded science incubator like this in the UK currently, and we’re proud that Bristol and Bath’s reputation for innovation is leading the way in this area.”
Main image shows: Dr Harry Destecroix (left) with Professor Tim Gallagher (Dean of Science – University of Bristol)