The EpiCentre, an innovation centre that offers lab space to start-up and scale-up business in Haverhill, will soon become a focal point of the NHS vaccination programme.

The centre is located in West Suffolk – the home constituency of Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock – and will facilitate the vaccination programme for several months.

The EpiCentre has been chosen because it has the facilities to meet the stringent -80°C storage requirement recommended by the vaccine manufacturers. It also has large meeting rooms that have been converted into temporary booths as well as ample parking for vaccine recipients.

The Innovation Centre, which opened in November 2020, is attracting organisations that otherwise struggle to get lab space. One such company is developing technology that kills viruses and bacteria in seconds, that can be used on any substrate and lasts the lifetime of the product.

The new facility in the East of England is part of Oxford Innovation’s group of 26 centres around the UK, that support companies looking for growth through innovation.

Kelly Boosey, centre manager at The EpiCentre, comments: “National roll out of the vaccination will require as much support as possible. As a new Innovation Centre we will do everything we can to support the NHS to roll out the vaccination programme to the local community. The Science and Technology element of our facility means we want to be at forefront of supporting the effort to get this virus under control. The programme will continue into Spring 2021.” 

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