German life science firm invests into Leicester
German life sciences specialist, I&L Biosystems, has chosen Leicester as a base for its UK presence as it seeks to open new markets.
Founded in 1991, I&L Biosystems Group employs +55 people in LifeScience Distribution across Europe, specialising in laboratory equipment in microbiology, cell biology, biotechnology and process control and has their HQ offices in Germany. Netherlands based LA-Biosystems serves the Benelux countries and there are now additional offices in France and Denmark.
With continued growth, it has been seeking a base for its UK operations for some time and have chosen Leicester, citing its central location, excellent transport links and access to highly skilled staff as the reason behind its choice.
‘We are focused on creating long-term partnerships with established suppliers across the globe,’ explains Jay Champaneri, Director for I&L Biosystems UK Ltd, who will now be based at the picturesque Pear Tree Business Park, Ratby.
‘To do that and to attract the talented employees we need to match our growth ambitions, we need a good central location and great access to our customers, suppliers and partners. I know Leicestershire very well and made the case to our team back in Germany with advice from our lawyers, Pattersons Commercial Law’.
‘We will shortly be embarking on a recruitment drive, looking for Product Specialists and Applications Scientist in the areas of Cell Biology and Protein Biochemistry, seeking to create 4 new jobs to start with. I look forward to establishing connections across the UK and Ireland, but especially here in the East Midlands which has a wealth of life sciences businesses and a growing reputation internationally. We’re open for business and we’re here to help them.’
Rik Pancholi of Pattersons Commercial Law advised on the deal to bring the company to Leicester and sees a bright future for the business.
‘This is a business that is built on good connections and strong relationships and it is fantastic to be bringing them to the city at this exciting phase in their growth. They are only a small team at the moment but they are growing rapidly and will soon be playing a big part in the region’s economy as they tap into the many networks we have here. I wish them all the best with their plans and I am delighted they have chosen to start them here in Leicester.’
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