CellulaREvolution joins our life science community

A technology-driven spin out that looks to transform cell production is the latest business to move into The Biosphere lab facility on Newcastle Helix.

Moving from the International Centre for Life, CellulaREvolution spun-out of Newcastle University in 2019 and are currently working on bringing their continuous cell culturing technologies, that aid the production of ‘clean meat’ to the market. This revolutionary new approach could transform this industry. The company’s bioreactor enables large quantities of adherent cells to be grown or manufactured. This technology means cells can be created more quickly and efficiently to produce products such as lab-grown meat – an environmentally friendly food source alternative to meat. CellulaREvolution’s technology can also be used in the cell therapy and biologic field to scale-up cell production, reducing carbon footprint and resources.

Rapid Expansion


CellulaREvolution’s move into the state-of-the-art Biosphere space reflects the Company’s recent rapid expansion from its original three co-founders, Leo Groenewegen, Dr. Martina Miotto and Professor Che Connon, to eight employees, with plans for further expansion in the near future. The Biosphere is a fit-for-purpose laboratory and office building dedicated to life science innovation, research, development, and commercialisation. The facility is located in the heart of Newcastle’s vibrant and historic City Centre and £1.5bn life science eco-system.

CellulaREvolution will join nine other Newcastle University spinouts including 3D Bio-Tissues and Atelerix that were also co-founded by Professor Connon.

This new cluster of innovative biotech and life sciences companies reinforces Newcastle’s status as a city of cutting-edge life science research and development.

£1M investment


The move to The Biosphere comes hot on the heels of a £1m investment in CellulaREvolutions by a set of strategic investors including CPT Capital, Stephan Schmidt, Orange Light Ventures, and funds managed by Northstar Ventures, the North East Innovation Fund supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the newly launched Northern Accelerator Seed Investment Fund (NASIF).

Growing and innovative life sciences sector


Dr. Martina Miotto, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of CellulaREvolution said:

“CellulaREvolution was born in Newcastle therefore it was important when expanding that our premises remained in the North-East to further contribute to the growing and innovative life sciences sector here. Newcastle continues to enhance its strength in creating and supporting talent and innovation in the life science sector, with the creation of The Biosphere facility.

“The Biosphere provides us with not only a well-equipped laboratory space but also a fit for purpose office. The building facilitates the day-to-day operations of numerous life science companies, which was an important aspect when considering our new base.

“Being in the heart of a vibrant city centre and surrounded by such a stimulating eco-system, including the two world-class universities, is one of the biggest benefits as it allows us to connect with talented individuals and teams with different skills and specialisms, providing a wealth of opportunity for new collaborations, networking and access to local talent.”

Councillor Ged Bell, Cabinet Member for Employment and Culture at Newcastle City Council said:

“Newcastle is a popular hot spot for innovative and ambitious life science companies. A huge welcome to CellulaREvolution, who have joined this growing life science cluster and our collaborative eco-system on Newcastle Helix. Seeing continued interest in The Biosphere signals confidence in our city as a place to locate and grow a business. The commercialisation of life science research, not only supports the growth of our thriving life sciences sector, it creates jobs and opportunities for the next generation. As we look towards to recovery of our economy, our city’s strengths in biomedical and life sciences are continuing to play a vital role.”

Luke Dunnett, Property Business Manager at The Biosphere, added: “We are so proud to have some of the region’s best talent and minds in The Biosphere. The range and quality of the science happening here is playing a vital role in further enhancing Newcastle’s global reputation as a hotspot for life sciences.

“We are delighted CellulaREvolution will be joining the many companies within the Biosphere that look to improve the lives of people through their innovative research.

“We look forward to supporting CellulaREvolution on their journey towards commercialisation.”

The Biosphere is a purpose-built laboratory facility on Newcastle Helix dedicated to the commercialisation of life sciences. It has secured significant funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the Government’s Local Growth Deal through the North East LEP. Both funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

Find more information about CellulaREvolution on their website.

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Image: L-R - James Hawley, Martina Miotto, Jila Ajeian, Caroline Bellani and Laura Duffy from CellulaREvolution.


About The Biosphere

The Biosphere was awarded £8.6m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and £4.96m from the European Regional Development Fund. The Biosphere, owned by Newcastle City Council, has received £4.96m from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry for Housing, 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, please 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 Local Growth Fund supports major capital investments to promote innovation, economic and skills infrastructure and sustainable transport as part of the North East Growth Deal. The North East LEP works to make the North East a place where more businesses invest, grow, and prosper. For more information visit www.northeastlep.co.uk To find out more about The Biosphere visit https://thebiospherenewcastle.co.uk/

About the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a public, private, and education sector partnership covering the Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland local authority areas. The £270.4m Local Growth Fund, secured as part of the North East Growth Deal, supports the North East LEP’s delivery of the Strategic Economic Plan, which aims to create 100,000 more and better jobs by 2024. About the Local Growth Fund Local Enterprise Partnerships play a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone. That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders. Analysis has shown that every £1 of Local Growth Fund invested could generate £4.81 in benefits.

Further information

If you would like some further facts about the Fund, or the wider regeneration work across the country, please contact DCLG press office by emailing NewsDesk@communities.gsi.gov.uk in the first instance to request any additional information you might need.

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