The Biosphere

The Biosphere offers regional facilities with a global vision. A unique eco-system of commercial laboratory space, offices and support services, leading the way as a home for ambitious companies within life sciences, healthcare and emerging fields of biotechnology.

The Biosphere is the first of its kind for Newcastle and a testament to the world-class expertise in life and health sciences within the city and region.

This specialist facility is tailored to the commercialisation of life sciences and innovation, research and development in the North East of England’s regional and economic capital.

The Biosphere provides facilities to commercialise life science R&D
The Biosphere provides facilities to commercialise life science R&D

We offer high-quality biology and chemistry laboratories, Grade A offices and conference space in Newcastle city centre.

And we’re challenging traditional lab culture, with collaborative areas and modular workspaces that physically adapt to your business needs.

At a glance

  • Opened November 2018
  • 90,000 sq ft of laboratory and office space
  • Four floors of containment level 2 fitted labs
  • Grade A office suite and conference space
  • Access to business support
  • The Biosphere Brochure

The facility has four floors of containment level 2 fitted labs and write-up areas ready for immediate occupation, together with shared wash-up facilities.

The dedicated floor of Grade A fitted offices will exclusively be for the use by science-based companies and those providing appropriate ancillary services.

Drayman's Way and The Biosphere
Drayman's Way and The Biosphere

We also offer a bespoke programme of business support, including expert advice and industry knowledge to help businesses to grow and develop – supporting the journey from world-class research to the commercialisation of products and services.

Other assets in the Helix ecosystem – including the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and the Centre for Process Innovation – ensure full bench-to-bedside development within an hour’s drive, from discovering molecules and clinical trials to manufacturing in pharmaceutical plants.


"The range and quality of the science happening in the Biosphere is remarkable and I have no doubt that more and more academics and entrepreneurs will choose Newcastle as a base to commercialise their products and new discoveries." Dr. Fiona Marshall, Global Head of Neuroscience Discovery, MSD


There is a beautiful courtyard as part of The Biosphere
There is a beautiful courtyard as part of The Biosphere

Make an enquiry

We will be happy to give you any more information you might need or to arrange a viewing.

Feel free to get in touch with Naylors Property Agents:

Jessica Ross +44(0)191 211 1551 jessicaross@naylors.co.uk


Added value from Newcastle Helix

Newcastle University is globally ranked Top 50 for medical sciences (Leiden rankings).

The Unversity's work in medicine and life sciences includes:

Northumbria University's health and life sciences courses are ranked top 500 globally. Their focus is on research across integrated health and social care, bio-products from food to fuel, and brain performance and nutrition.


The Biosphere has received circa £5m from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund.


Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

The Biosphere is part funded by the North East Local Growth Fund from HM Government, administered by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership. The North East LEP works to make the North East a place where more businesses invest, grow and prosper. For more information visit northeastlep.co.uk


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