Encapsulated biological crop protection specialist Eden Research has moved head office and opened a new laboratory premises at MEPC’s Milton Park, a science and technology community located in Oxfordshire.

AIM-quoted Eden Research focuses on sustainable biopesticides and plastic-free encapsulation technology for use in the lobal crop protection, animal health and consumer products industries.

The company says the move to a new laboratory facility will allow it to do more in house, including formulation, microbiological screening, plant and seed evaluations and analytical work. High-tech plant growth chambers will also allow the business to undertake relatively rapid, small-scale tests on different plant species. Eden also plans to use the laboratory for important insect-focused work as part of its plan to develop its first bioinsecticide products. This will place Eden Research into new addressable markets valued at approximately €850m in the EU and US combined.

Sean Smith, CEO of Eden Research, commented: “We are delighted to have been able to complete our office move on time and safely, despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The opening of our new laboratory facilities is an important milestone for Eden. The fact that we now have the ability to conduct in-house research and development improves the efficiency of our operations, helping us to expand the footprint of our business through product development.”