DuBiotech completes nucleotide lab complex
Dubai, December 26, 2009
Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech), a member of Tecom Investments, has started operations at its new four-storey nucleotide laboratory complex.
DuBiotech said the complex is now ready for companies to move in.
All four wings of the ground floor level are already fully booked, and new companies are now finalising the fit-outs and installation of instruments in their labs, said a statement.
These include Maquet Middle East, a market innovator for operating room systems and intensive care units, and Mubadala Healthcare’s first phase of the National Reference Lab (NRL), an initiative created in partnership with Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp), one of the world’s largest and most experienced clinical laboratory companies.
Comprising 256,000 sq ft of leasable area, the nucleotide lab complex is designed to house biotech, life sciences and pharmaceutical activities ranging from research and development, diagnostic, analytical and equipment training activities.
“The Nucleotide Lab Complex is the biggest laboratory facility in the Middle East,” said Dr Marco Baccanti, executive director, DuBiotech.
“It represents a major milestone in the development of DuBiotech. The complex will host some of the world’s most talented researchers and business development managers from academic and industrial fields, working in close collaboration under the DuBiotech licence,” he added.
“The complex is the ideal place to encourage life sciences initiatives where new ideas are conceptualised and developed into viable businesses, contributing to Dubai’s drive for creating a knowledge economy in the region.”
The nucleotide lab complex allows DuBiotech partners to carry out laboratory-based research and development, testing and training activities in an extremely well designed environment, conceptualise ideas that stimulate creativity and facilitate peer to peer communications between researchers and industry managers.
Comprising A, C, T and G wings, the facility has been named after the four basic building blocks of nucleic acids, the main components of genetic material.
Designed by CUH2A, an architecture, engineering and planning firm specialising in the design of technologically complex facilities such as R&D infrastructure for science and technology parks, the nucleotide complex’s core and shell lab space can accommodate up to 160 laboratory units that are designed to meet Class III of Bio-safety Standards/ Guidelines, the statement said. – TradeArabia News Service