Her Royal Highness toured the recently-opened BioCity Scotland life sciences complex at Newhouse, meeting tenant companies and hearing about the plans and vision for the site from BioCity Group CEO Dr Glenn Crocker. She would then be invited to unveil a plaque naming the Chemistry building the ‘Sir James Black’ Building.
Sir James Black OM FRS FRSE FRCP is famed as one of the great Scottish scientists of the 20th Century. He was a Lanarkshire-born pharmacologist who spent his career both as an industrial researcher and as an academic at several universities. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988 for work leading to the development of Propranolol, a beta-blocker used in the treatment for heart disease, and Cimetidine, a drug used to treat stomach ulcers.
This special occasion comes just six weeks after the launch of BioCity Scotland, a joint venture between BioCity Nottingham and Roslin BioCentre. With over 130,000 sq ft of purpose-built laboratories and offices on the 23 acre site, new and growing life science companies now have a central base on the M8 capable of supporting pre-clinical drug discovery and development.
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