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New coworking space for life science startups launched at Kent's Discovery Park

CoLab at Discovery Park - picture contributed
CoLab at Discovery Park - picture contributed
12 June 2024
CoLab at Discovery Park - picture contributed

Kent's science and innovation campus Discovery Park has tied up with Canterbury Christ Church University to open CoLab - a coworking space designed for early-stage life science businesses.

The three first tenants making use of CoLab are RS & RS Scientific, which is focused on new innovative molecular strategies in the field of cancer research.

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BioFlares, a specialist in bioluminescence imaging tools and solutions, has also moved in, as has Phlow, a start-up, revolutionising menstrual hygiene management with a biodegradable, non-plastic flushable period pad, using cellulose.

Dr Cornelia Wilson, senior lecturer and academic laboratory director at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: "Finding lab space is too often a blocker for promising life science spin outs and startups, and CoLab exists to solve this.

"This specialist lab offers flexible and cost-effective space in a collaborative environment, with a dedicated lab technician onsite to provide expert advice and remove the stress of lab management."

Discovery Park is offering up to six months free membership to CoLab for eligible businesses. With flexible terms, life science businesses can rent a single bench space for up to two people within a CAT 2 lab, plus access to a write-up desk.

In addition, CoLab companies can access more extensive or specialist state-of-the-art technology at Canterbury Christ Church University’s main campus.

Reza Salimi, co-founder at RS & RS Scientific, said: "We're excited to join the thriving life science and tech hub of Discovery Park. Being based at the CoLab provides us with invaluable opportunities for collaboration and business support.

"The Discovery Park team members are very supportive, enhancing our experience and helping us grow. The location in Kent also means we are close to both Europe and London, allowing us access to everything we need and to expand into future markets."

Renos Savva, head of innovation at Discovery Park, added: "CoLab provides tailored space and resources for emerging life science businesses, but importantly also a network of like-minded innovators.

"This latest industry-academia partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University demonstrates how Discovery Park provides a community for visionary entrepreneurs and leaders, and the ideal environment for businesses to start, scale and succeed."


Giles Gwinnett is a writer at The Business Magazine. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years and covered a vast array of topics at a range of media settings - in print and online. After his NCTJ newspaper training, he became a reporter in Hampshire before moving to a news agency in Gloucestershire. In recent years, he has been covering the financial markets along with company news for an investor-focused web portal. His many interests include politics, energy and the environment. He lives in Dorset.

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