Avacta’s praise for advisory service help

diagnostics specialist Avacta said help and advice from the Manufacturing Advisory Service helped it to implement a manufacturing plan for its new products.

The Leeds University spin-out company, which has a manufacturing base at Thorp Arch, Wetherby, received help from the organisation to manufacture and sell its bench top laboratory analyser, Optim, which is used by the bio-pharmaceutical industry to accelerate the development of new drugs.

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MAS Yorkshire & Humber also helped Avacta to develop and manufacture its second product for the veterinary diagnostics market, the AX-1, which offers point-of-care blood tests for vets to carry out in their clinics.

Dr Ed Quinn, product development manager, said: “We are experts in our field and have a strong track record of innovative product development, but the help from MAS Y&H in translating our innovation into manufacturable products has been invaluable.”