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Labs and equipment for start-ups and early stage businesses

Conducting research and development is costly. Start-ups and early stage companies frequently lack the financial resources to invest in laboratory space and high specification analytical equipment, thus hindering their growth.

STFC’s award-winning laboratories give companies affordable and flexible access to cutting-edge equipment and R&D space to de-risk the innovation process.

From shared space to self-contained labs, STFC offers long-term and short-term rental options on space and equipment to suit requirements and budget.

Located at STFC’s campuses based in Oxfordshire and the Liverpool City Region, companies also gain access to extensive technical expertise, business support and local, national and international science and business networks.

Labs & equipment at Daresbury Laboratory,
Sci-Tech Daresbury

Daresbury Laboratory provides specialist equipped laboratory facilities to give ambitious entrepreneurs, start-ups and SME’s in biology and chemistry sectors the space and support to grow. The labs have already supported over 60 companies working in a variety of fields from medical diagnostics to nanofabrication.

  • Self-contained laboratories and dedicated bench space

  • Cutting-edge equipment, spanning centrifuges, microscopes, PCR and more

  • Access to shared facilities including hot desk space and meeting rooms

  • Specialist technical & business support

  • World-renowned address at Sci-Tech Daresbury, bringing together leading science with high-tech, ambitious and high-growth businesses

Equipment List

Delyth Edwards
E: delyth.edwards@stfc.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)1925 603142

Labs & equipment at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory,
Harwell Campus

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is supporting ground-breaking advances in areas such as space technology, medical diagnostics and materials science. It offers start-ups, SMEs and R&D teams in established companies, access to equipment, space and the expertise of experienced scientists.

  • Laboratory space and Cleanrooms

  • High-specification, ready to use office accommodation

  • Cutting-edge equipment for semi-conductor type processing: lithography, deposition and etching, surface analysis, materials preparation

  • Specialist technical & business support

  • World-renowned address at Harwell Campus, locating with high-tech businesses, international partners, funding providers and advisors

Equipment List

Arun Magon
E: arun.magon@stfc.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)1235 445439


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Rob Gros, Founder and CEO, Chemical Intelligence

left-hand quote mark We would not have been able to grow and develop without the support that we have received from STFC over the past six years. Having access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for affordable rates make STFC hugely ideal for launching successful tech start-ups. right-hand quote mark

Alex Reip, CEO, Oxford nanoSystems

Last updated: 18 July 2019


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