About 2020-08-04T15:41:25+01:00

We believe scientists make great entrepreneurs.

Unit DX is central Bristol’s deep tech incubator, home to the city’s most innovative science and engineering companies. We empower scientists as entrepreneurs, providing facilities, investment, and mentoring. Our member companies are using emerging technologies such as biotechnology and synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, photonics and electronics, drones and robotics, advanced materials, and quantum computing to create new markets and deliver solutions to big societal problems.

Unit DX was established in 2017 by the founders of Ziylo, a start-up that was acquired in 2018 by Novo Nordisk to develop smart insulins. In the process of spinning out the company, we realised that there was nowhere in central Bristol for science start-ups to go. Our first facility is now full and home to over 30 businesses, which collectively raised over £28 million in the two years after opening.

Contact us today to find out more.

Unit DX Offers

  • Start-up and follow-on laboratory space to rent in Bristol

  • Rentable space includes biosafety level 2 (cat 2) lab facilities ranging from 220 – 770 sq ft

  • 24 ducted fume cupboards available on-site

  • Office and write-up areas, private meeting rooms & event spaces

  • Reception services & catering available
  • Kitchen, coffee and breakout areas
  • Access equipment and expertise through our instrumentation link with the Universities of Bristol & Bath

  • Close to Bristol Temple Meads railway station

“The idea for Unit DX was formed when looking for lab space in the Bristol area for our chemistry start-up. When we realised there was nothing suitable, we decided to make a change. Unit DX means that scientific companies in the South-West now have access to the facilities they need.”

Harry Destecroix

Harry Destecroix, CEO at Unit DX

Meet the Team


Dr Ashley Brewer - Centre Director

Ashley is the main point of contact for Unit DX members and coordinates the operation of the incubator. Prior to Unit DX, Ashley coordinated lab health and safety at the University of Bath Physics Dept., as well as running a ca. 4000 sqf teaching lab there.


Dr Harry Destecroix - CEO

Harry is a Unit DX co-founder. He works as an angel investor, mentor and holds non-exec directors positions with a number of DX members. Harry completed his chemistry PhD at the University of Bristol in 2014, and co-founded the spin-out Ziylo.

Keith MacDonald

Keith MacDonald - Chairman

Keith is the Unit DX chairman and is instrumental in guiding the company’s direction and strategy. Keith's background is in banking and finance and has since taken on director positions across several companies.


Tom Smart - Finance Director

Tom is a Unit DX co-founder and finance director. Tom worked as an actuarial analyst before bringing his financial expertise to the Unit DX and Ziylo founding teams.

Emily Team Photo

Emily Clements - Receptionist

Emily runs front-of-house duties at Unit DX; she is responsible for our visitors. She also assists with internal communications and holds administrative duties for some of our members. Before DX, Emily studied Criminological Psychology.


Patrick Fallon - Lead Designer

Patrick is a founding team member of Unit DX. He leads the architectural and graphic design of the brand and is now working on our expansion. Patrick recently completed his studies in Architecture, RIBA Part 3.


Adam Finnimore - Head of Communications

Adam covers content, PR and branding. He also manages internal communications and tracks member feedback. Adam has a background in marketing and business development, and was part of the founding Unit DX team.


Charlie Proctor - Chief Operating Officer

Charlie leads our member support and operations. She developed our outreach program to engage primary school children with science; to-date over 1000 children have visited DX. Charlie’s background is in primary teaching.


Mark Green - Facilities Assistant

Mark looks after the facilities at Unit DX. He has previously worked in a variety of facilities roles including at the British Antarctic Survey research station in the Antarctic.