Manchester Science Partnerships has let more than 12,000 sq ft at its flagship Bright Building to NorthWest EHealth, a provider of data platform technology that has outgrown its current base at MSP’s Citylabs campus.
The business will join CityVerve, which is the UK’s Internet of Things smart city demonstrator, and Mi-IDEA – MSP and Cisco’s post accelerator and open innovation centre for fast-growth technology businesses – at the 70,000 sq ft building in the heart of Manchester Science Park when it opens on 21 September.
Designed by BDP, the Bright Building’s features include a communal space for events for up to 200 people, a fitness studio and cafe bar.
North West EHealth enables organisations to better connect electronic healthcare data for use in public health and clinical trials. The business was founded in 2008 as a joint venture between Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, the University of Manchester and Salford Royal Foundation Trust.
The firm’s technology enabled the delivery of pharma giant GSK’s pioneering Salford Lung Study in 2016, which was the world’s first digitally enhanced randomised controlled trial. The company has now grown to employ more than 90 staff across clinical and technical roles.
Marie Kane, chief operating officer at NorthWest EHealth, said “We are incredibly excited about the move to the Bright Building. The building offers the first opportunity in our company history to have our whole team together in one location.
“The layout and facilities will not only foster collaboration and innovation within our team but with other customers and visitors to the park.”
Rowena Burns, chief executive of Manchester Science Partnerships said: “NorthWest EHealth is a fantastic fit with the Bright Building – a truly innovative business at the cutting edge of the digital health sector.
“Greater Manchester’s £6bn a year health and social care devolution agreement and the subsequent creation of Health Innovation Manchester to support innovation and the adoption of new products, means that the city region has a unique and compelling investment opportunity for digital health and medtech companies.”
The Bright Building sits within the Manchester Corridor enterprise zone and is part-funded by the North West Evergreen Fund, backed by the European Regional Development Fund, and Greater Manchester Combined Authority.