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Unit DX is a recently opened scientific incubator in the centre of Bristol, providing early stage science companies with flexible, high-spec lab space and expert support to help develop, accelerate and grow their technology and business.

They are bringing scientists, academics and entrepreneurs together to create a cluster of scientific excellence, enterprise and collaboration in Bristol. Unit DX will provide the full range of facilities and services required to move businesses from concept to development phase.

Unit DX works in partnership with the University of Bristol, SETsquared and Invest Bristol and Bath. 

About Unit DX

Unit DX was converted from a warehouse and adjoining office space into 10,000 sq ft of laboratory space to Cat 2 BioSafety standards with 5,000 sq ft of office area, including meeting room and kitchen/breakout spaces. 

Unit DX sits alongside the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, which has begun local redevelopment and will continue to do so over the next 20 years. The Incubator is assisting with the improvement of the local area and is playing a part in the shift towards high-tech industries in the Centre of Bristol. 

Laboratory Space

The warehouse area has been subdivided into 16 laboratory spaces, all built to biosafety level 2, as well as storage and instrument rooms. Onsite shared equipment includes access to, Di-water, Prep HPLC-MS, LC-MS, Spectrophotometers, Balances, ITC, Freeze dryers, autoclaves, Ovens, -80 freezers, centrifuges, microbiological safety cabinets, 3d printers, 4 axis CNC in mechanical and electrical workshops.  This area has a 50/50 mix of fully fitted out labs (with benching and cabinetry), and shell & core lab spaces. The building also incorporates 24 ducted fume hoods for chemistry use.

The facility is designed to be as flexible as possible to allow for a range of uses, and includes a huge, easily accessible service deck to allow for changes to essential lab services such as ventilation, gases or electrical requirements.

Office and Meeting Space

Spread across two floors, semi-open plan office spaces are divided into work clusters to allow teams their own space to work together. Shared open plan areas deliver space for smaller teams and individuals. Unit DX houses four individual meeting rooms of various sizes, bookable on an hourly basis, as well as hot desk and event space.

Virtual Tenancy

Unit DX offers virtual tenancy for companies looking for a Bristol base.

• Business address registration

• A dedicated telephone line with redirect options

• Post collection and re-direction services

• Reception services at standard rates

• Access to Meeting room hire 

• Dedicated telephone line

• Networking via Unit DX community

• Listing on our website

• Opportunities to attend seminars and events


Support is offered in three different types of membership, Start-up, Innovation and Academic Membership. 

“Unit DX’s mission is to bring scientists, academics and entrepreneurs together to create a cluster of scientific excellence, enterprise and collaboration in Bristol”

Start Up Membership offering Start-up Membership at Unit DX enables flexibility as you grow. Start as a virtual member, with access to the facility and events, expand into a dedicated work bench in a shared lab, and progress into fitting out an entire lab.  Flexible leases allow for simple bolt-on additions, such as a fume hood or dedicated desk space depending on your project needs.

Successful scientific start ups require support from scientists and innovators. At Unit DX the incubation programme is designed and run by scientists for scientists.

Innovation Membership

Innovation Membership at Unit DX and caters for teams ranging from small developed SMEs, through to research groups from larger industrial companies looking for high tech and flexible laboratory space

Academic Membership offering

Academic Membership at Unit DX gives access to the facility, events, and our growing network of industrial, academic and entrepreneurial partners. You may be looking for an industrial funding partner, or to commercialise and start your own business. At Unit DX, we provide a flexible offering to suit your needs.

Connect with academic and in-house consultants, Bristol Consulting Partnership (BCP).

A team of scientific consultants, Bristol Consulting Partnership, which is deeply connected with local academic institutions, supports Unit DX’s incubation programmes. Quickly access niche knowledge to solve complex problems as well as connect with academics and research partners for joint funding initiatives and research. BCP offers scientific, management, marketing and design expertise, and allows companies to connect with new talent and high quality science graduates.


St Philips Central
Albert Road


Contact:   Adam Finnimore
Job title:   Project Coordinator
Tel:   0117 403 4035
Email:   adam@unitdx.com
Website:   www.unitdx.com
Contact:   Dr Ashley Brewer
Job title:   Centre Director
Tel:   0117 403 4035
Email:   Ashley@unitdx.com

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