Amano Enzyme has created a new Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) base at Milton Park.

The manufacturer of speciality enzymes has taken 5,682 sq ft of office and lab space at 25 Western Avenue.

The company, which has been in the UK for 30 years, plans a recruitment drive to almost double its UK workforce at the new site.

A state-of-the-art fit-out is under way and in its new bespoke labs new areas including plant-based food and drinks will be explored.

Managing director Kazumi Washisaka said: “Milton Park offers the space to create bespoke laboratories in close proximity to Reading University’s Food and Nutritional Sciences hub, making it the ideal location for Amano Enzyme’s new EMEA base.

“Additionally, we were keen to find an innovative work environment with excellent public transport links.

“We’re thoroughly looking forward to growing our pipeline of work with the support of these new premises while at the same time networking with the many other pioneering biotechnology companies based at Milton Park.”

Commercial director for MEPC Milton Park, Philip Campbell, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Amano Enzyme to our vibrant and innovative community at Milton Park.

“The company’s exciting work in the development and manufacture of speciality enzymes makes it a brilliant fit for the park and we’re proud to have been able to provide Amano with the space for its cutting-edge laboratory and office space requirements.

“We look forward to seeing the company go from strength to strength as they set up operations in Oxfordshire and provide much-needed high-quality jobs across the region.”

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