DNA based food firm expands

The Geneius premises in Cramlington.
The Geneius premises in Cramlington.

A world-leading DNA-based food and drinks testing company has taken on a new building as part of its expansion plans.

Cramlington based Geneius Laboratories, has leased a 20,000 sq. ft. building at Colbourne Crescent on Nelson Park.

Founded in the north east and spun out of Newcastle University, Geneius is now able to automate more of its key processes and increase its capacity.

The company’s move from the University to the Cramlington site is a step-change providing higher specification facilities for its current work whilst also allowing for any future growth plans.

Professor Jerry Barnes, managing director of Geneius, said: “The building, previously subject to a £3m investment to convert it into a state-of-the-art facility, represents a perfect opportunity for us.

“With help from Northumberland County Council and Arch, we were able to adapt the facility to our specific use and be up and running in double quick time.”

“Our unique DNA-based methods deliver unprecedented levels of accuracy and speed for food and drink producers and major retailers.

“This service is supported by our advanced online/offline software, which has been designed to provide quick and easy sample submission, reporting and presentation solutions.”

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council and Arch chair, who helped with funding, said: “Geneius is exactly what its name suggests, a first class business which has seen a gap in the marketplace and exploited it to maximum impact.

“We are delighted the business is now in Northumberland and has the opportunity to put down roots well into the future.

“It is a very welcome addition to Northumberland’s growing reputation in the science-related industries.”