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.

It’s a unique eco-system of commercial laboratories, conference space, Grade A offices and support services, leading the way as a home for ambitious companies within life sciences, healthcare and emerging fields of biotechnology. We’re challenging traditional lab culture, with collaborative areas and modular workspaces that physically adapt to your business needs.

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 and a testament to the world-class expertise in life and health sciences within the city and region. It showcases some of the UK’s best technologies and experts to international visitors and hosts workshops and events to share ideas.

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.

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

A home for ambitious life sciences, healthcare and biotechnology companies
A home for ambitious life sciences, healthcare and biotechnology companies

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 is exclusively for the use of science-based companies and those providing appropriate ancillary services.

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

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

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 has formidable strength in Ageing and Health. The Biosphere is home to ten Newcastle University Spin Out companies.

The University can also support your business with access to analytical and testing facilities as well as CPD and lifelong learning with courses such as Health Informatics 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
  • Explant Lab
  • Iksuda Therapeutics
  • Jiahua
  • MDNA Life Sciences
  • NewCells Biotech
  • NewChem Technologies
  • NHS Covid Innovation Lab
  • NorthGene

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

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