Bacterial and Viral Experts Move to Langford Locks


Commercial property specialists VSL & Partners has agreed a letting in Kidlington to The Native Antigen Company (NAC) which specialises in the development and manufacture of viral and bacterial antigens.

NAC's antigens are used by pharmaceutical companies in vaccine research for viruses like Zika, and by in vitro diagnostic manufacturers preparing tests to identify infections in patients. NAC sell their products worldwide, offering both off the shelf antigens as well as bespoke product development.

2016 was an important year at NAC with the business expanding its product range significantly as well as their range of services. The business, which is currently based in Upper Heyford, required larger premises closer to the commercial science areas of Oxford.

VSL & Partners agreed a 10 year lease on 5,000 sq ft of office accommodation at Building B, Langford Locks. NAC are carrying out a comprehensive fit out of the building to convert the existing office accommodation into laboratory space.

Dr Nick Roesen, CSO of The Native Antigen Company says: “It is certainly an exciting time for our business; we have experienced significant growth and our new building at Langford Locks will provide us with the space to expand further. We will benefit from the healthy skills base in the area, excellent transportation links and being only five minutes away from Oxford Parkway station. Following a complete re-fit of the building we are looking forward to taking occupation in May and are delighted VSL completed the deal in such a short time frame.”

Richard Venables, director at VSL & Partners explains: “We agreed the terms of the letting at the end of 2016, with an arrangement to complete by the 1st February 2017 which we achieved.  Building B Langford Locks is an excellent base for The Native Antigen business and we are pleased to have pulled this together within such a short transaction period for them. This deal further underlines the continued demand within the technology and innovation sector, which is the real driver of the Oxfordshire economy at present.” 

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