Leiden, 12 May 2022 – The new R&D business centre at Leiden Bio Science Park, Plus Ultra Leiden, was officially opened today. The Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports – Ernst Kuipers – turned the first key with Michel Leemhuis (CEO & co-founder, Kadans Science Partner), Ida Haisma (Director, Leiden Bio Science Park Foundation) and Henri Lenferink (Mayor of Leiden). The opening marks a new milestone in the further development of the Leiden Bio Science Park.
The building represents over 17,000 square meters of flexible business spaces. Plus Ultra Leiden has also been rated ‘Excellent’ within the sustainability label BREEAM. The official opening took place during the Life Sciences Café. Today, the campus residents, stakeholders, involved parties and other interested parties could take their first look inside the newest addition to the Leiden Bio Science Park.
Central location for growth and collaboration
Plus Ultra 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 community revolves around life sciences and health, and the building is the central meeting point for companies and organisations at the science park. The R&D business centre brings together a large group of innovative companies, start-ups and knowledge organisations. In addition, the shared facilities help to stimulate further meetings between the various tenants.
Plus Ultra Leiden is also part of the international network of Kadans, which already connects 24 science parks and campuses in Europe. This stimulates cooperation between innovative companies, knowledge and educational institutes to work together towards a better future.
Important, innovative players
During the official opening, those present got to know the first tenants of Plus Ultra Leiden. Gabriel de Scheemaker (Director & co-founder, LeydenJar Technologies), Jeroen Rovers (Chief Medical Officer, Immunicum AB), Jaap Koopman (CEO, Fibriant) and Ingeborg van Gemeren (VP Biz Dev & Marketing, Thermo Fisher) spoke about the innovative activities and growth of their organisations.
“We are extremely proud of this brand new laboratory and office building. Plus Ultra Leiden represents an important location when it comes to life sciences, health and sustainability,” says Michel Leemhuis, CEO of Kadans Science Partner. “It is an important asset for the science park community and for our own ecosystem of services and networks.”