The Biosphere

The Biosphere is home to an inspiring collection of tenants within tech, medicine and healthcare. It offers regional facilities with a global vision – a buzzing space of collaboration and innovation.

The Biosphere includes commercial laboratories, conference space, Grade A offices and support services. It is an ideal home for ambitious companies in life sciences, healthcare and biotechnology.

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

The Biosphere is the first of its kind for Newcastle. It is now an important part of the region's burgeoning life sciences sector.

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
  • The Biosphere Brochure

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

Within an hour's jounrey of The Biosphere are all the partners needed to undertake full bench-to-bedside development, 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

Why locate your business here

The North East of England is a hotbed of life sciences research, innovation and industry. GSK, MSD, Aesica and Piramal Healthcare all have major operations in the region.

Newcastle University can support your business with access to analytical and testing facilities as well as CPD and Executive Education.

Newcastle is home to one of the largest NHS Hospital Trusts. The Trust is particularly research active. Established in 2006, the Newcastle Joint Research Office is a partnership between The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University supporting researchers in the development, implementation and delivery of world-class experimental, translational and clinical research

How The Biosphere was funded

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

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

Who else is here?

  • 3D Bio-Tissues
  • Alcyomics
  • AMLO Biosciences
  • Atelerix
  • BiBerChem
  • Biosignatures
  • CellulaREvolution
  • Demuris
  • ExplantLab
  • Iksuda Therapeutics
  • Jiahua
  • MDNA Life Sciences
  • NewCells Biotech
  • NewChem Technologies
  • NHS Covid Innovation Lab
  • NorthGene

Event and Meeting space at The Biosphere

You can host meetings and events for up to 80 people at The Biosphere.
There is a mix of different spaces including:

  • Meeting rooms
  • Lounge spaces
  • Large flat meeting room

Spaces are fitted with SMART whiteboards and large screens that you can connect to.


Draymans Way, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5BX

Call: +44 (0) 191 5806150

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