New hub for science and knowledge-sharing opened in Leiden

R&D business centre Plus Ultra Leiden forms central meeting point for life sciences and health at Leiden Bio Science Park

Leiden, 17 May 2022Plus Ultra Leiden, the new R&D business centre at the Leiden Bio Science Park, is up and running after a successful opening. On Thursday 12 May 2022, the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ernst Kuipers, turned the first key. He did this in the presence of Michel Leemhuis (CEO, Kadans Science Partner), Ida Haisma (Director, Leiden Bio Science Park Foundation) and Henri Lenferink (Mayor of Leiden). The opening of Plus Ultra Leiden marks a new milestone in the further development of the Leiden Bio Science Park.

The R&D business centre represents over 17,000 square metres of flexible business space, specifically for parties within life sciences and health. “I think it’s extremely important what is brought together here across the entire science cluster,” says Ernst Kuipers, Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport. “It offers different partners the opportunity to meet, and a building like this really invites people to be here and actually meet each other.”

Base for important innovations

Plus Ultra Leiden is a development of Kadans Science Partner and offers companies, such as scale-ups, the opportunity to grow at the Leiden Bio Science Park. The R&D business centre brings together a large group of entrepreneurial companies, start-ups and knowledge organisations. “We were convinced from the very first moment that we could fill a building like this. That’s why we started the development without a single signed lease,” says Michel Leemhuis, CEO of Kadans Science Partner. “Our decision at the time has certainly paid off with a current occupancy rate of 80 percent.”

Plus Ultra Leiden is also part of Kadans’ international network, which already connects 24 science parks and campuses in Europe. This further stimulates cooperation between innovative companies, knowledge and educational institutions to work together towards a better future.

Jeroen Rovers, Chief Medical Officer at Immunicum: “We were looking for a suitable space to expand, and to have our own facilities behind one door. We had the great opportunity to move here. So far it has been a great experience.” Tenants of Plus Ultra Leiden also include LeydenJar, Fibriant and Thermofisher.

The Mayor of Leiden also looks back with pride at the opening of the new R&D business centre at Leiden Bio Science Park. “Science is in the DNA of this city,” says Henri Lenferink, Mayor of Leiden. “As a city, we are extremely pleased with this building. It meets the demand of start-ups, scale-ups and other parties for space for their important businesses. Now finally someone has taken the risk to realise a building that contributes to this.”