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Norwich Research Park’s Centrum Building welcomes first tenant Novagraff

PUBLISHED: 09:25 14 July 2014 | UPDATED: 09:25 14 July 2014

First views of the new Centrum building at Norwich Research Park. Photo: Bill Smith

First views of the new Centrum building at Norwich Research Park. Photo: Bill Smith

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Patent specialists Novagraff has become the first company to take up space at Norwich Research Park’s Centrum building.

The Dutch-based international patent and trademark consultancy said an increase in entrepreneurial activity at NRP had inspired their decision to take up the tenancy.

Dr Peter Wilson, of Novagraff, said: “We are seeing a growth of innovation across Norfolk particularly within life sciences, engineering, food research and the energy sectors.

“This is creating new business opportunities and is a good indicator of future prosperity for the local economy. For smaller companies, IP can be their only asset, so advice on managing this and developing an IP strategy that matches their commercial objectives is very important.

“My colleague Dr Oliver Harris and I have both worked at research institutes on the Park so we understand the requirements of knowledge-based businesses.

“In addition, our managing director, Tracey Cooke, was previously assistant general counsel, patents, at GlaxoSmithKline and so can advise on what big pharma is looking for in new products.

“This provides smaller organisations with invaluable insights into how to make an attractive offer to potential partners and customers.”

Centrum is the new hub building located at the heart of Norwich Research Park. Its two upper floors provide customisable laboratory and office suites on flexible lease terms ideal for growing companies who want to be located close to the innovative businesses and research at the Park.

Dr Sally Ann Forsyth, chief executive of the Norwich Research Park says that Novagraaf will be a big asset to the Park. She added: “The East of England has found that creating clusters of organisations and businesses with shared interests builds momentum in an industry sector.

“The Norwich Research Park is well placed to support the growing life sciences sector with world-class research across the academic Park partners and businesses. It provides infrastructure in terms of meeting space and fast IT networking and access to specialist equipment and skills.

“Professional advisors are a vital part of this mix and it is excellent that an international company such as Novagraaf sees the potential that Norwich Research Park offers.”

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