World-first medical technology at Witney BIC
PUBLISHED: 11:53 01 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:03 03 June 2016
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Oxtex Ltd, formed in 2011, is celebrating its fifth year in business and it's third move within the Oxford Innovation Centre group with a new office and clean room at Witney Business and Innovation Centre (Witney BIC).
An early-stage medical technology company, Oxtex is developing a range of novel devices for soft tissue. The world-first device has applications in a range of reconstructive surgical procedures including scar revision, tumour removal, correction of birth defects and restorative dentistry. The company’s first product using the technology, Expaniderm, has already been launched successfully into the veterinary market.
David Jackson, CEO, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the growth of Oxtex. In 2011 I started the company in a 139 sq. ft. office at the Oxford Centre for Innovation with just a desk, a telephone and my trusty laptop. Five years on we now have a team of eight full-time employees, 1,382 sq. ft. of custom designed office space, a state of the art clean room and orders flowing in.”
“The clean room is essential to our business and enables us to manufacture products right here at Witney BIC. We create implantable medical devices in the clean room so it’s essential that the air quality is highly filtered and microbiologically very clean. It really is a far cry from people’s perception of what a serviced office offering might be!”
The result of a collaboration between plastic surgeons at the John Radcliffe Hospital and researchers at the University of Oxford, initially it was essential that Oxtex was based within the city. However, as a start-up, investors were unhappy to commit to lengthy five-year office leases or take on unnecessary staff which is where Oxford Innovation came in. David said:
“Throughout our evolution we have been able to rely on the Innovation Centre model which creates the perfect conditions for entrepreneurs and established businesses alike to focus on business growth. From those early days through to our recent move we have never been distracted from our task at hand, have benefitted from flexible terms and been confident leaving the fundamentals of office admin to the capable and professional Innovation Centre team.”
Now safely ensconced in a large open plan office at Witney Innovation Centre and able to manufacture products on-site in the clean room, Oxtex are focussed on the future. Orders are already flowing in from the veterinary market, human clinical trials are commencing this summer and the team is busy working on a project with the University of Malaysia to use Oxtex’s patented soft tissue expander to treat oral cross-bite.
“As we continue to grow we are confident that Witney BIC will provide the perfect backdrop to our continued expansion. Not only do we have all the necessary office space, and room to grow again, but we are also well placed to recruit the right people.”
“Oxfordshire has a wealth of talented individuals within the scientific and medical sector always looking for that next career move. With all other elements in the business now heading the right direction, we are starting to look for those new recruits who can be a part of our expansion plans here at Witney BIC.”
Alli Anderson, centre manager, Witney BIC, concludes: “Oxtex is a truly innovative company that has drawn on the outstanding pool of resources and expertise within Oxfordshire to grow and succeed. We are delighted to be the latest Innovation Centre stop on the company’s expansion journey and we look forward to supporting David and the team for many years to come at Witney BIC.”
Witney BIC, owned by Blenheim Palace and managed by Oxford Innovation, provides office space from 100 sq. ft. to 3,000 sq. ft. and has recently launched The Studio, a newly created space where up and coming businesses can have access to a permanent desk in a shared office along with the benefits of serviced offices usually enjoyed by larger businesses.
To find out more information about The Studio and Witney BIC’s services, visit: witney-bic.co.uk