Biotech firm expands presence in the North West

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by Stephen Chapman

Biotech firm, Virustatic, has more than doubled its export team and opened a new base in the region.

The company is behind the innovative Virustatic Shield face covering and has recently agreed distribution deals around the world.

Its second office space is at the science and technology hub in Alderley Park

“We have been based at Menai Science Parc on Anglesey, but understandably during the pandemic we’ve seen a period of rapid organic expansion and as such we needed to not only bolster our team but find a further base. We are very proud that the product has been researched, developed and manufactured in Britain. Furthermore, it only felt right to return to where the journey began over a decade ago here in the North West,” explained Managing Director, Nick Smith.

“Alderley Park’s Mereside Life Science Campus was a natural fit for our team which includes world-leading biochemists, scientists, virologists and inventors. Alderley has renowned bioscience research facilities which will be utilised by our research and product development teams and is a thriving hub of pioneering innovation.”

Its face covering has been a product in development for more than a decade and launched in March this year.

“The Virustatic Shield is a unique product. Unlike other face coverings, its snood-like design has an antiviral Viruferrin™ coating which is backed by more than ten years of research. And it has been shown in the lab to be 99% effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,” stated Smith.

“Since the launch, we have not only sold the product to consumers, but we have been working with numerous businesses across the world to protect their work forces. We are now working with leading brands in sectors such as oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, retail, construction, travel and the service sector to name only a few.”