Milton Park occupier Oxitec has doubled its space on the park to almost 26,000 sq ft.

The firm, which develops biological systems for insect control, has taken 37D Innovation Drive in addition to its existing space at 37C and 71, bringing its total to 25,911 sq ft.

The biotechnology company’s headquarters has been based at Milton Park for more than 15 years, after spinning out from Oxford University in 2002.

It will be fitted out for research facilities and additional office space to accommodate its 100-strong UK team.

Chief strategy officer Neil Morrison said: “Milton Park’s proximity to Oxford city and universities has enabled us to assemble a world-class team of experts, maintain our local professional network and cement our position within Oxfordshire’s innovation cluster.

“Milton Park is well-experienced in accommodating cutting-edge biotechnology companies like Oxitec and offers a brilliant platform for growth. This has been key for us over the past couple of years as our technology continues to attract global interest from the food security and public health sectors.

“It’s our mission to build a healthy, sustainable and equitable future for all and forge a world that is free from burdens caused by insects that transmit diseases and destroy crops.

“Milton Park provides us with the R&D space and facilities to support us in achieving this vision.”

Tom Booker, commercial manager for MEPC Milton Park, said: “Oxitec’s innovative approach to addressing global issues through science and technology makes them an exceptional fit for Milton Park.

“We’re pleased to have seen them grow from strength to strength over the years and thrilled they’ve decided to expand their headquarters at the Park. We look forward to supporting their continued success.”

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