Leading biotech firm expands its Wilton Centre base


A world leading biotech company has expanded its facilities at the Wilton Centre just a year after first moving in.

US company Calysta which has developed a new naturally produced fish and animal feed ingredient, called FeedKind protein, has leased an additional 2,400 sq ft of office, laboratory and storage space, in addition to the two laboratories, seven offices and the production plant it took in December 2016 on a ten year lease.

The new space takes Calysta’s total occupancy at the Wilton Centre to more than 29,000 sq ft, where it employs 15 people.

Calysta’s expansion comes soon after winning a prestigious global prize for the design, construction and successful launch of its new market introduction production facility for FeedKind protein at the Wilton Centre.

Calysta and partners, the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), also based at the Wilton Centre, and Otto Simon were awarded the 2017 Institution of Chemical Engineers’ Global Team Award for excellence in November 2017, beating more than 140 entries from 21 countries.

Calysta managing director Graham Aylen said: “The Wilton Centre provides Calysta with utilities and infrastructure on a shared resource basis enabling the company to focus on its core activities.

“This, coupled with the benefits of being part of a process industry cluster convinced us to choose the Wilton Centre in the first place and now to expand there.”

Wilton site director Steve Duffield said: “We are delighted that Calysta has committed to more space at the Wilton Centre for its world-beating, highly innovative process.

“It benefits, as do many of our tenants, from being located on the same complex as CPI and the process industry cluster led by NEPIC.

“Calysta’s success is a great example of what can be achieved by all the engineering and manufacturing expertise we have on Teesside.”

Calysta taking more space at the 75 acre science and business park follows hard on the heels of the CPI signing a new lease on its 47,000 sq ft of accommodation and the re-letting of 29,000 sq ft of office space to SABIC.

Earlier this year the Wilton Centre also signed new leases with international electrical safety training provider The Faraday Training Group for 40,000 sq ft of office and training space and with FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, a world leading developer and manufacturer of biologics-based medicines, for 15,000 sq ft of office and laboratory space.

Wilton Centre is a leading, privately-owned science and business park located in the heart of Teesside just five minutes’ drive from Middlesbrough.


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