CAMBRIDGE, UK – 29th October 2014 – Biocair International, the world’s leading provider of logistics and supply chain services to the life sciences industry, announced today that it is moving into a new 16,000 sq ft corporate headquarters on 17th November 2014. The office, located south of the city of Cambridge, UK, provides customer services, operations, sales and temperature-controlled packaging solutions. The new premises will further enhance Biocair’s high level of expert service provided to its customers across Europe. The office benefits from a wide portfolio of temperature-controlled packaging solutions, dry ice storage, and latest-generation high-capacity Foster Eco Pro G2 refrigerator and freezer rooms, with 24/7 temperature monitoring. Collections and deliveries will continue to be via Biocair’s proprietary temperature-controlled vehicles.
Simon Higgs, Chairman of Biocair, stated: “I am delighted to announce this move into our new state-of-the-art office and warehouse facility. Biocair’s newly expanded headquarters will continue to support our UK customer base but now serves as our regional European Centre of Excellence to support our continuing growth across the life science sectors throughout Europe.”
Biocair provides logistics services and support to a wide variety of organizations, from large multi-national pharmaceuticals, global central laboratories and clinical manufacturing organisations supplying the clinical trial arena to niche biotechs and individual R&D scientists across the globe. By focusing on the precise needs of these demanding sectors and utilising our extensive understanding of the research process and science industry, we have developed our range of services to ease the process of discovery and aid the development of leading-edge, novel therapies.
“Our facility supports the increasing demand for logistics and cool chain services across the UK and Europe, ranging from R&D products and biological clinical trial samples to larger IMP and drug moves. We have strategically located offices around the world advising on current classification and regulatory requirements, applying precise procedures and packaging while supplying the correct documentation to fulfil all legal requirements,” said Vincent Howard, Managing Director. “Further new facilities and enhanced infrastructure across the globe are already scheduled for 2015,” concluded Mr Howard.
Biocair is a global specialist logistics provider dedicated to the pharmaceutical and life science sectors. Our standing in the market was enhanced following acquisition in 2012 by IBC Inc. This has provided depth to our global footprint and added a further layer of service, including a proprietary network and in-house brokerage. We have expanded into key locations across the globe, with Regional Centres of Excellence in Cambridge and Edinburgh (UK); Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Miami in the USA; Shanghai and Beijing in China; Singapore and Osaka in Japan. We support each of our offices with a network of carefully selected and managed service partners, many of whom we have worked with for more than 15 years, coupled with our proprietary network. This structure has enabled us to deliver highly flexible, market-leading and competitive service solutions to our customers across the globe for the last 27 years.
HOWARD Group is very pleased to announce that Biocair, the Cambridge-based global logistics specialist dedicated to the pharmaceutical, biotech and life science industries, is taking 11,500 sq ft of grade A office space at Iconix Park, Sawston.
The healthcare experts have taken three quarters of the available space at Iconix 1, a two-storey, high-specification contemporary building located close to the M11 to the South of Cambridge. In addition, Biocair has also taken a warehouse unit of 4,500 sq ft on the adjacent trade park.
Acquired by Howard Group in late 2013, Iconix Park consists of buildings 1,2 and 3. It is now an established Cambridge business location in the heart of the Cambridge Science and Technology Cluster. The park represents an exciting opportunity to build on the existing opportunity to build on the existing bio-medical and laboratory presence both in Sawston and the other south Cambridge locations.
Howard Group has planning consent already granted for a further 3.5 acre expansion of the estate to provide a total of over 100,000 sq ft of high specification office, R & D and laboratory facilities to complement their existing investment. The Group also owns and manages the adjacent trade park which consists of warehousing and trade counter units.
Colin Brown, development manager at Howard Group commented: “South Cambridge is fast becoming one of the most attractive locations in Europe for life science businesses due to the surrounding infrastructure, network of like-minded businesses and the availability of skilled labour. Iconix Park lies in the heart of a thriving concentration of organisations such as the Addenbrookes Biomedical Campus, Babraham Research Campus, the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus and many others. We expect shortly to be able to release news of further occupiers for the Park to join Xention and Biocair and look forward to the next phase of this exciting development of the estate.”
July 2014 - The XX Commonwealth Games takes place in Glasgow from 23 July to 03 August 2014, which will see world-class sports men and women compete in a wide range of sports while being viewed by a global audience.
An event of this magnitude – attracting a high number of spectators from around the world - will inevitably result in significantly increased traffic in Glasgow City Centre and surrounding areas while the Games take place, particularly around and between the venues being used to host the events. Between 30 July and 02 August Edinburgh is also likely to see an increase in traffic as the Diving competitions take place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.
Whilst events are largely confined to sports venues, customers should be aware that the Cycling Time Trial competition will take place on Thursday 31 July, which will result in a high number of road closures, changes to access, and parking restrictions in and around Glasgow City Centre, allowing adequate set-up time and ensuring the safety of spectators. It is unfortunately inevitable that deliveries and collections in Glasgow will take longer to be performed on this day. Other events utilising Glasgow’s road network take place on Sunday 27 July (Marathon) and Sunday 03 August (Cycling Road Race).
Biocair are working closely with airlines and other service providers to ensure any impact on the collection or delivery of shipments is kept to a minimum. The situation will be constantly monitored by Biocair’s Edinburgh office, and should any collections or deliveries be affected we will ensure this is communicated to our customers in a timely manner.
June 2014 - The biggest annual sporting event in the world is coming to the UK between the Saturday 5th and Monday 7th July. During this time there will be numerous road closures to enable the cyclists to pass through freely and also the expected huge crowds to view the event.
On Monday 7th, there will be severe disruption in Cambridge, with road closures being in effect from 07:00 until around 15:00. There will also be several road closures in and around London between 10:00 and 16:00.
Biocair are preparing contingency plans to ensure that there is no disruption to our collection and delivery service, however, where possible we would recommend booking collections in advance and avoiding the peak times of expected road closures.