21 August 2017

Touchlight expands world leading DNA technology into bespoke laboratories in Hampton

Touchlight moves into custom-designed laboratories within the restored Hampton Water Works situated on the River Thames.

Touchlight’s operations are expanding in order to support numerous commercial product collaborations with large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies around the world.

This grade-two listed facility was formed in 1852 by Joseph Quick in response to the London Cholera epidemics, and was a part of some of the greatest life-saving innovation of the era. Operating until 1950, the buildings were left largely untouched until they were purchased in 2012 by Mr Andrew Black, Co-Founder of Betfair.

Andrew’s vision is to utilise the 4,000 square meters of dramatic Victorian architecture to create a new scientific community. “Science, and biotech as a daughter, is often forgotten as one of the great creative industries. Most other creative industries put great onus on a conducive working environment, but less so in Biotech where laboratories are often subterranean and utilitarian. I wanted to create a light and inspiring atmosphere, one to support great science, like the work going on at Touchlight.”

The first phase of Touchlight’s laboratory expansion is now complete, with the second phase to be completed in November. The expansion means that Touchlight is now ideally placed to enable a revolution in medicine with its cutting-edge DNA technology.

Read the full story here.

Read more about the Morelands and Riverdale buildings in Hampton here.

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About Touchlight

Touchlight is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in London, U.K., focussed on the discovery and development of DNA-based genetic medicines, including DNA vaccines and gene therapies. Touchlight has developed a novel, synthetic DNA vector known as “doggybone DNA” or dbDNA™.

dbDNA™ is a minimal, linear, covalently closed structure, that eliminates bacterial sequences. Touchlight’s revolutionary enzymatic production platform enables unprecedented speed, scale, and the ability to target genes with a size and complexity that is impossible with current technologies.

Touchlight is applying dbDNA across advanced therapeutic modalities, both in-house and with partners. The company also provides contract manufacturing capabilities to produce dbDNA as a critical starting material for advanced therapy production through its manufacturing arm, Touchlight DNA Services.

Issued for and on behalf of Touchlight by Instinctif Partners.

For more information please contact:

Jonny Ohlson, CEO Tim Watson
Robin Bodicoat, Head of Marketing Agnes Stephens
E: info@touchlight.com E: touchlight@instinctif.com
T: +44 20 8481 9200 T: +44 20 7457 2020