THE first chemosensitivity laboratory in the UK has opened a new laboratory in Halton.

Clyz Lab, a biotechnology firm is one of three new firms to set up home at Runcorn’s Heath Business and Technical Park.

This personalised cancer chemosensitivity testing service laboratory is developing a 3D cell culture system to determine the most appropriate choice of chemotherapy for cancer patients.

Scientists working in the field of precision medicine are initially concentrating on a test for lung cancer.

Dr Himanshu Kataria, chief executive officer of Clyz Lab, said: “Everyone has been very supportive which is just what I needed as a start-up. “They’ve been very professional in helping me to establish the laboratory.”

ChatterBug Speech and Language Therapy Services took over a new office in September after winning a contract to provide children’s language and speech services in the Halton area.

Consultant speech and language therapist Asma Khanum has led planned inductions for around 25 staff.

ASI Solutions, who specialist in the supply and application of specialist preservation treatments for asphalt surfaces and polymer modification systems, have taken over a laboratory for its research and development facility.

The location of the business park was a big attraction.

Technical director Paul Acock said: “Many of the businesses we work with are based in this region and as we work globally as well the access to Liverpool and Manchester airports is great too.

“Road links are also good and set to improve further with the opening of the new Mersey Gateway so we are well placed here.”

Lesley Lunt, sales and marketing manager at The Heath, said: “The summer season was very busy with new businesses moving on site and a number of existing residents moving to larger premises.

“We are delighted that companies from a diverse field of industries and specialisms choose The Heath and look forward to working with them as they grow their business.”