Catalyst Centre tenant SAL Scientific takes the first lab in the Science Centre

Catalyst Centre tenant, SAL Scientific, is one of the first companies to be awarded funding under the Future Solent Green Growth Programme. The grant will enable SAL Scientific to broaden its offering from consultancy into a range of products and services, and commit to creating and sustaining three jobs. Critically, it has also enabled an earlier move into the Science Centre, making it the first company to take advantage of the on-site laboratory facilities.

SAL Scientific was awarded funding because its current focus of research is on improving the efficiency of ‘Biologic’ drug development and manufacture. Biologics represent a key growth area within the pharmaceutical industry with many medicines in the drug development pipeline being of this class. Traditional small molecule chemical drugs are manufactured using mainly extracted, petroleum-derived raw materials, whereas biologic medicines are synthesised using natural sustainable materials and processes.

Steve Game, Co-Founder of SAL Scientific said: “We are thrilled to have received this support from Future Solent. Moving into the Science Centre will enable us to accelerate the validation of our laboratory-based services and extend these into the biologics area. We want to use our experience in this area to offer products and services that optimise the growth and productivity of the cells that produce biologic drugs.”

Future Solent is a joint initiative by the Solent LEP, Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce to create a strategy for the development of a low carbon economy in the Solent area. Its aim is to help stimulate sustainable economic growth, create jobs, and reduce the area’s carbon footprint. To support this, Future Solent has set up the Green Growth Programme which is backed by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, giving new and existing SMEs in the low-carbon economy the chance to apply for much needed grant funding.

The costs of setting up laboratory space for research and development (R&D) activities, combined with getting access to academic expertise, can create insurmountable barriers to growth for low-carbon technology SMEs. Inadequate access to funds can significantly challenge the ability of smaller companies to undertake the R&D that they require in order to fully develop the new technologies needed to address the low-carbon agenda.

Whilst the support and the grants will be open to all SMEs in the Solent LEP area carrying out R&D with a beneficial impact on carbon footprints, priority will be given to those located within the administrative areas of Portsmouth, Southampton, the Isle of Wight and the University of Southampton Science Park. Some of the R&D facilities, networks and support that will be delivered through this programme are located here, and with our newly refurbished Science Centre, the Park is the perfect place for technology SMEs requiring laboratory facilities.

If you’re interested in applying, please head to www.futuresolent.org.uk, or get in touch with us at the Science Park for support with your application. For more information about the Regional Growth Fund please visit: www.gov.uk.