As reported by Business Weekly, five bioscience centres in Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Norwich will receive a large slice of the government’s £250m investment into the bioscience industry, as announcement by David Willetts, the Universities and Science Minister.
The £250m has been allocated by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and is the first of a five year strategic investment programme.
The research establishments who will receive the bioscience cash injection include:
- Babraham Institute – £37m
- The John Innes Centre in Norwich – £42m
- Institute of Food Research – £29m
- The Genome Analysis Centre – £19m
- Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire – £41m
- An additional £7 m has been allocated for university grants that are linked to the above bioscience institutes
It is hoped that the £250m investment into our already outstanding UK biosciences industry, will help keep the United Kingdom at the forefront of the global bioscience industry. The investment will also help ensure that the UK can meet the challenges of feeding the growing global population in a sustainable way, as well as finding alternatives to fossil fuels and supporting the ageing population. Not forgetting the support the investment will provide to highly skilled bioscience jobs.
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