Life sciences firm Biofilm seals £2.5m funding injection

Biofilm was originally launched as a subsidiary of food products firm Devro
Biofilm was originally launched as a subsidiary of food products firm Devro
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A Scottish life sciences firm has secured a £2.5 million funding package to increase production capacity and expand its product range.

Biofilm, which was originally launched as a subsidiary of food products firm Devro, specialises in fast dissolving and absorbable films for use in food supplements and medical applications.

The finance package from Clydesdale and Yorkshire banking’s growth finance team will be used to invest in new development and laboratory facilities, alongside more state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment at its facility in Blantyre, Glasgow.

The investment will enable Biofilm to significantly increase capacity as it looks to support a number of larger contracts and expand its range of products.

Ian Stevens, chief executive of Biofilm, said: “This funding package will be instrumental in the expansion of our modern manufacturing equipment and product development facilities.”

Biofilm, which has 60 employees, is funded and supported by Tate & Lyle Ventures, Catapult Ventures and Scottish Enterprise.

The deal was led by Usman Ali and John Raines from Clydesdale and Yorkshire’s growth finance team which provides debt funding for high-growth businesses with strong intellectual property assets and existing venture capital backing. The deal is the team’s fourth major transaction across the UK in the past five weeks.

Ali, a director in the growth finance team, said Biofilm was an innovative SME with “exciting potential”.

“Research indicates that the global oral thin films market is set to grow significantly in the coming years, driven by the development of new products and technological advancements in the manufacturing process.

“The team at Biofilm are pioneers in this area and are in a prime position to capitalise on higher demand.”

Biofilm’s thin dissolvable film products allow the controlled release of active ingredients. The company is one of Europe’s largest film manufacturers and provides product development services for customers across dental, oral health, cosmetic, nutritional and pharmaceutical markets.

Biofilm was the subject of a management buyout from Devro in 2007 funded by Tate and Lyle Ventures, Catapult Ventures and Scottish Enterprise. Its latest accounts show turnover rose from just under £2m in 2016 to £3.5m last year.