25 Jul 2011

Oxford biotech hiring for new Cambridge informatics base

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd is hiring staff for a new informatics outstation in the Cambridge BioMedTech cluster.
The company, which recently raised £25 million, is seeking around 20 new recruits for both its Oxford and Cambridge UK operations after taking space at Chesterford Research Park’s Mansion House.
The new base is designed to leverage Cambridge’s world-class bioinformatics expertise and strong links with key players in the sector across Europe. The move is a rare Oxbridge foray into the Cambridge bio cluster.
Oxford Nanopore is also expanding its Oxford HQ. The company develops nanopore technology for the direct, electronic analysis of single molecules.
The new informatics facility at Chesterford will provide an additional base for the company’s growing team of informaticians.
CEO Gordon Sanghera said: “Oxford Nanopore is growing rapidly. We are expanding existing groups and adding new functions, and these new premises give us long-term growth capacity.
“The new Oxford facility allows us to expand R & D, production and quality functions at our headquarters. Meanwhile, the Cambridge location helps us to attract the best informaticians.
“Because the European informatics community has such strong links to Cambridge, we believe it is critical to have a facility there to support our current and future informatics staff.”
Chesterford Research Park provides a unique range of facilities and a prime working environment for some of the more established pioneers in R & D such as Pfizer and Biofocus, as well as the innovative newer breed of biotechnology companies such as Cellzome and Isogenica.
Oxford Nanopore joins the park at a time of significant growth, with the new Science Village development now well underway. The multi-million pound speculative development will total 33,700 sq ft - providing 28,000 sq ft of highly flexible, energy efficient, state-of-the-art R & D laboratory and office space.
Designed to encourage occupancy by up to 16 biotech and next generation R & D companies with their associated economic opportunities, the Science Village building will be a big draw to local companies and those seeking to locate within the South Cambridge biotech cluster.
Oxford Nanopore is currently recruiting for various positions in its Cambridge and Oxford locations. For more information visit www.Nanoporetech.Com/vacancies.
• Photograph shows: Gordon Sanghera, CEO, Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd.

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