DSM (since May 9th 2023 dsm-firmenich) and ASR Dutch Science Park Fund announced their long-term collaboration to further develop the Biotech Campus Delft (BCD) to world-leader in bioscience at the beginning of April. The fund will be the exclusive partner for the further real estate development of the campus and will acquire the existing offices and labs that dsm-firmenich currently leases out to start-ups and other tenants on the campus. dsm-firmenich will remain owner of the Rosalind Franklin Biotech Center and landowner of the Biotech Campus Delft, including the infrastructure and the utilities. To further strengthen the vibrant knowledge and business ecosystem and attract new organizations to the BCD the fund has partnered with existing bioscience start- and scale-up accelerator Planet B.io.
The next phase of the Biotech Campus Delft development
In 2020, the non-profit organization Planet B.io was established to develop the Biotech Campus Delft into an open innovation campus for industrial biotechnology. They were able to use a dsm-firmenich building (the Beijerinck Center) as a ‘proof-of-concept phase’ in which modern labs and offices were leased out to young biotech companies. In addition, Planet B.io created a network of experts and tools to support these companies in their growth. The program proved very successful, as the Beijerinck Center was quickly fully leased out and currently provides space to 16 bioscience companies that create innovative solutions for the most pressing challenges in for example the energy and food transition. To be able to accommodate further growth, renovation of a second dsm-firmenich building commenced. Upon completion in the summer of 2023, Planet B.io will lease out additional space in this building.
The exclusive partnership with ASR Dutch Science Park Fund (ASR DSPF), dsm-firmenich and Planet B.io marks the next phase of the BCD development. The Fund will join the Supervisory Board of Planet B.io, next to dsm-firmenich, Technical University of Delft, Municipality of Delft, Province of Zuid Holland and InnovationQuarter. These parties will support Planet B.io to help drive the ecosystem and growth of the Biotech Campus Delft.
dsm-firmenich, ASR Dutch Science Park Fund, Planet B.io; Who does what?
dsm-firmenich will remain the land owner of the Biotech Campus Delft, including the infrastructure and the utilities. dsm-firmenich and ASR DSPF have entered into an exclusive 99 year agreement in which ASR DSPF will gradually invest in up to 110.000 m2 of lab and office space. dsm-firmenich, in turn, will improve the accessibility of the campus and support the long-term development of the location. Planet B.io and ASR DSPF have also engaged in a long-term collaboration, where Planet B.io will be ASR DSPF’s exclusive partner to further grow the biotech innovation ecosystem in Delft. It is the joint ambition of Planet B.io, dsm-firmenich, and ASR DSPF to develop the BCD into a unique, world-leading campus for biotechnology that will fuel the Dutch knowledge- and innovation sector, with a strong focus on sustainable food solutions.
ASR DSPF will soon invest in two new buildings on the BCD. One new global head office for the Food and Beverage business group of dsm-firmenich, which will also provide state-of-the-art facilities for applications in food, and one new multi-tenant scale up building. In time, the fund shall acquire the existing multi-tenant buildings that are currently let by Planet B.io. In doing so, the fund will take over the real estate and facility management activities from Planet B.io, allowing the team to focus on their core activity; building a strong ecosystem that adds value to the companies at the BCD, and make the campus flourish and grow further.