NHS stem cell transplant team moves into Plymouth Science Park labs

The NHS’s stem cell transplant team has expanded into Plymouth Science Park with the potential for more lab space to be needed in future.

NHS stem cell transplant team moves into Plymouth Science Park labs

The NHS SW Peninsula Transplant Service’s (SWPTS) stem cell transplant processing laboratory team follows a clutch of new tech arrivals at the park, in the north of Plymouth close to the Derriford Hospital site.

The SW Peninsula Transplant Service (SWPTS) is dedicated to specialist adult haematopoietic stem cell transplantation, providing diagnosis, monitoring and treatment to adults with a range of blood malignancy health issues including leukaemias, lymphomas and myelomas.

The SW Peninsula stem cell team is a specialist, patient-critical operation working within the Clinical Haematology Department at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital.

The laboratory team supports the South West Peninsula Transplant Service with analyses, processing and storage of donor samples which support nearly 100 transplant operations a year with patients from Cornwall, Plymouth and most of Devon.

The expansion of the SW Peninsula stem cell processing lab team into Plymouth Science Park will further enhance the clinical team’s ability to provide life-saving cell transplant treatment, within social-distancing regulations, at Derriford Hospital by providing additional off-site capacity for the team.

Rob Wosley, quality manager for SWPTS said: “The move of our three specialist biomedical scientists to Plymouth Science Park gives the lab team the stability they need to focus on improving patient outcomes and facilitating high quality transplants, whilst maintaining accreditation to the FACT-JACIE standards and working within the mandatory requirements of our Human Tissue Authority Licence.

“This is a pivotal move and offers us the potential to add additional laboratory space at the park in the future. The team is looking forward to moving to the park and embracing any future opportunities that may arise.”

Fay Davies, business development manager at Plymouth Science Park, said: “Plymouth Science Park and our tenants work closely with Derriford Hospital on a number of clinical research projects. We look forward to welcoming the SW Peninsula stem cell transplant team to the park and supporting their live-saving work.”

The arrival of the SWPTS team at the science park come hot on the heels of global tech firm Genese Solution, which moved its UK headquarters from London to Plymouth to support ambitious growth plans.

The company is a leading global digital transformation business with primary expertise in cloud computing, cloud native software development and cloud security and operates from six offices across the world in Australia, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and the UK.

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Other recent arrivals at the park include US-headquarterdd Ancora Software and digital design agency Knowthis, which arrived at the park’s special Formation Zone for start-up businesses.

In February 2021, pioneering drug firm Amprologix, a University of Plymouth spin-out, settled at the park, following the arrivals of data tech company Gathering Momentum and toothpaste research venture Modus Labortiries.

Originally named Tamar Science Park, PSP was incorporated in 1996 as a joint venture between the University of Plymouth and Plymouth City Council.

More than £30million of investment, including ERDF, SWRDA and HotSW LEP grants, have funded five separate phases of development since 1996.

The board of PSP comprises senior representatives from Plymouth City Council. including the elected leader of the council, and the University of Plymouth, plus three independent non-executive directors. The 25-acre campus is home to science and technology businesses involved in digital, creative, marine, earth and life sciences.

Originally published at Business-live