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7 March, 2020 - 00:52 By Kate Sweeney

Liminal BioSciences chooses Iconix 1 as base for Cambridge expansion

Global biotech company Liminal Biosciences has agreed a five-year lease for 3,985 sq ft of space within the Iconix 1 building at Unity Campus in Sawston, Cambridge property company Howard Group has confirmed. Iconix Park  is now fully let.

Liminal BioSciences (formerly Prometic Life Sciences) specialises in discovering, developing and commercialising novel small molecule compounds for respiratory, liver and renal diseases with a specific focus on developing solutions for rare and orphan diseases.

Iconix Park is home to a number of innovative science and knowledge intensive businesses. Liminal BioSciences completes an occupier list which includes Biocair, Iontas, AQDot and Telensa.

With aspirations for rapid growth, positioning within the cluster, the aggregation of like-minded businesses in the area, access to the talent base and the future potential to expand within the wider Unity Campus estate were all critical factors in Liminal Biosciences’ decision to choose Iconix Park as its Cambridge base.

Colin Brown, development director at Howard Group said: “Attracting yet another innovative, rapidly growing knowledge-intensive organisation is testament to the successful integration of Iconix Park and Unity Campus into the wider Cambridge science and technology cluster. 

“Our position, just four miles south of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and close to other leading research facilities, coupled with our flexible and quality driven approach to development, has enabled us to secure an exciting and innovative occupier base, which appreciates the ‘downstream’ opportunities that our further development of Unity Campus will unlock as their own organisations evolve and grow.”

Howard Group acquired Iconix Park in 2013, having first bought Sawston Trade Park in 2009 as part of its commitment to investing in and around the city of Cambridge. 

The purchase of Iconix Park included additional development land between the two estates. Further to an holistic master planning exercise, Unity Campus was created to encompass all of Howard Group’s Sawston assets. 

The campus will bring together the office and laboratories of Iconix Park with new, high quality business and R & D accommodation on the adjacent land. 
The first phase of this development, The Works, is now complete and provides a total of 63,000 sq ft of flexible modern business space with suites available from 7,500 sq ft. 

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