The University of Leicester is aiming to drive biomedical innovation with the first UK life sciences opportunities zone.
It’s hoped that the innovation Core will encourage collaboration between academics and businesses to help develop diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for an ethnically diverse population. The centre will be built in Charnwood, just outside Loughborough.
President of the University of Leicester, Professor Paul Boyle, said: “The Life Sciences Opportunity Zone project will provide a fantastic opportunity for the University of Leicester to work with our private sector, partners in the life sciences as well as the local NHS Trust, to develop new diagnostics and therapies and translate these into better health in the Midlands and beyond.”
The centre will aim to build on both local and regional strengths in the area such as drug development, trauma rehabilitation, wearable technologies and precision medicines. The new centre will create a safe new space for business start-ups and spin-outs, providing space for training hubs to help support businesses and research share knowledge.
Commercial and Marketing Director at Charnwood Campus, Gosia Khrais, had this to say: “We have been working tirelessly on developing Charnwood Campus into a thriving and successful centre of excellence. This designation further confirms site-readiness for business. We could not dream of a more promising start of the year and look forward to the positive impact this will have on local businesses and the residents.”
The Innovation Centre is planned to be established in one of the existing high-quality laboratory buildings with co-located office space to create small-scale, flexible spaces for business start-up and growth.
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