Jobs set to be created by new Oxfordshire innovation centre

December 1st 2018

Left to right: Steve Burgess – The Oxford Trust, Jo Stephens – Oxford Innovation, Gareth Scargill – Oxford Innovation,        Angela Hobbs – Triteq and Matt Francis – The Oxford Trust. Picture by Ric Mellis

A new 25,000 sq-ft innovation and conference centre is set to open in Oxford’s health and science quarter, opening up many specialist jobs vacancies.

The Wood Centre for Innovation is currently being built in 18-acres of woodland at Stansfeld Park in Headington.

From spring 2019, the impressive facility will open, boosting the city’s health, science and technology industries by supporting start-up and grow-on companies.

The centre will be managed by Oxford Innovation and is funded by The Oxford Trust, an independent charitable organisation.

Jo Stevens, Managing Director of Oxford Innovation said: “At Oxford Innovation we are proud of our track record of incubating, harnessing and nurturing talent and innovation, enabling start-ups and entrepreneurs to push the boundaries of science and progress.

“We are thrilled to be so close to opening what will be a magnificent facility for Oxford, which will further bolster the city’s credentials as a leader in science and technology – providing a new platform from which to grow new ventures and jobs.”

The centre adjoins the new Science Oxford Education Centre and will include a 100-seat auditorium available for conferences, a café, and an outdoor eating area.

The centre is located only 20-minutes away from the city’s health and data sciences quarter, which compromises of the University of Oxford’s Old Road campus, clinical research facilities at the city’s hospitals and Oxford Brookes University.

Two companies have already signed up to move into the new centre, Triteq, a medical product design and development consultancy, and Ultromics, a company that builds diagnostic aids for cardiovascular diseases, powered by artificial intelligence.

Angela Hobbs, who is Managing Director of Triteq said: “We felt the Wood Centre for Innovation was the ideal place for us to move to as the rural location, combined with close proximity to Oxford city centre and London, meant we had the best of both worlds.

“Working within this innovation centre also means we’ll become part of a community of businesses working within the science and technology sectors.”

Ross Upton, co-founder and CEO of Ultromics, said: “The Wood Centre for Innovation is the ideal building for us as we wanted to be located among other companies, working in the science and technology sectors in combination with being located a stone’s throw from the John Radcliffe Hospital and Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility where much of our research takes place.”

Oxford Innovation is the UK’s leading operator of innovation centres, with the Wood Centre for Innovation becoming its 23rd building.

The new centre will be partnered with the Oxford Centre for Innovation, based on New Road, enabling a smooth sharing of resources and providing a venue for city centre meetings. Both buildings will be managed by new Centre Director Mike Foster, who will be starting in early December.

If you are interested in space at the new centre, email or call the Oxford Innovation team on 01865 261400 to arrange a tour.

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